Welcome to our virtual gallery. We sincerely hope you will enjoy this unique collection of meaningful works by our diverse group of artists. A small selection of the art in this show was curated by the venue exhibiting their work. Most of the artists, however, came to this exhibit through a public call for art. We selected artworks that (1) express a unique voice relating to the broad range of experiences in our diverse community; (2) resonate with the themes of solidarity, justice or equity; (3) make a constructive contribution by encouraging cross-cultural conversations, learning, and mutual understanding; and (4) stand out through their artistic quality, leveraging the medium chosen in a skillful way to covey an idea or emotion.
Put together, as in the visual grid included on this page below, the artworks assemble into colorful mosaic that captures the diversity and rich history of our community. It also represents the many point of views that are all important for coming to grips with the challenging times we live in, and envisaging a future built on justice, equity and solidarity.
Spotlight Artists and Organizations
Save The Boards To Memorialize The Movement
This project was started with the goal of preserving the plywood boards that served as canvases to paint murals and messages of pain, anger, and solidarity during the uprising this summer. Leesa Kelley and Kenda Zellner-Smith joined forced to conserve these unique and historic pieces capturing the spirit of the Movement that was born in Minneapolis and spread across the globe. The project seeks to not only preserve the boards, but make them accessible to the general public, keeping George Floyd’s memory alive and the art that memorializes him in the
You can contribute to the efforts of Save The Boards to Memorialize the Movement by donating to their go-fund-me at:
MealyZ | Miles Willis
MelayZ is our featured artists for the SOLIDARITY STREET GALLERY event.
He is a 25 Year old designer, musician, artist, and creative from Woodbury, MN. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, with a major in Communications & Journalism, with an emphasis in graphic design. His art employs abstract graffiti styles to create a nonconventional look. Each piece holds a free flowing feel with a vast array of iridescent colors and layers. Spontaneous strokes slowly turn into structured Chaos.
"I hope you can capture euphoria for a nanosecond."
"I want to slightly overwhelm you."
He created the logo for our event, and is displaying a good number of pieces at the Old Swedish Bank building.
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin was born in Korea and is a poet and writer based in Minneapolis. She is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor (Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award) (all published by Coffee House Press). She is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. She is the author of a bilingual Korean/English illustrated children’s book Cooper’s Lesson. Her essay anthology What We Hunger For: Refugees & Immigrants on Food & Culture in the Upper Midwest is forthcoming from Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2021 and her illustrated children’s book Where We’re From, co-written with John Coy, Shannon Gibney, and Diane Wilson is forthcoming from Lerner Publishing in 2022.
Sun Yung Shin is the co-director with Su Hwang of the community literary activator Poetry Asylum, which recognizes poetry as a human right. She is working with others toward abolition, decolonization, and indigenization across disciplines and sectors—to practice freedom and adapt to and decelerate climate extinction.
Sun Yung Shin's exhibition at Second Shift Studio Space was curated and installed by Second Shift artists in residence Shen Xin, Erika Terwilliger, and AK Garski.