Dimensions of Indigenous Opening Reception

Dimensions of Indigenous Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Intermedia Arts


Dimensions of Indigenous

Presented by Discover This! and co-presented with Intermedia Arts through the Catalyst Series
November 12-January 15, 2009
Dimensions of Indigenous is the 2nd annual visual arts exhibition presented by Discover This! and co-presented by Intermedia Arts through their Catalyst Series. This multidisciplinary exhibition will feature artwork by indigenous youth and adult artists from the Twin Cites; Los Angels, CA; and Nogales, AZ.
Curated by: Jerry Lopez and Theresa Sweetland

Dimensions of Indigenous at Intermedia Arts

  • Dimensions of Indigenous
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Friday, January 15, 2010
    12:00 PM

    Intermedia Arts

    Presented by Discover This! in partnership with Intermedia Arts as part of the Catalyst Series.
    November 12-January 15, 2009

    Dimensions of Indigenous will host their 2nd annual exhibition, featuring Indigenous visual artists whose work demonstrates involvement in and knowledge of decolonization, building cultural identity and resisting further colonization of any kind.


I am part of Voices Merging student group and, along with the Gender,
Women, Sexuality Studies Department, we have been in the process of
planning a National Hip Hop conference in April 2010. We are looking
to use this conference as an opportunity to build community here on
campus and in our community and would love to involve as many
community members and organizations, schools, teachers etc. This
conference will bring people from all over together and will provide
workshops on different elements of Hip Hop, as well as community
building and more!

We see that there are many ways different people or organizations may
be able to collaborate w/ us on this, and if you are interested we are
having a general meeting for community members, organizations, schools
and teachers interested in becoming involved.

Meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:30-7:30pm at
BorderTown Coffee near the university of MN campus.

If you are planning on coming, please let us know so we can have a
good idea of how many to prepare for. You can email me at annapirsch@gmail.com
, oronevoice@umn.edu

Below you will find a description of the conference and some questions
that we would like to address with this conference. Information about
other panels and workshops is forthcoming. Please respond if you think
might be interested in being a potential sponsor/co-organizer of this

From Vices to Verses: An New Era of Hip Hop & Action.* This
conference will take place April 9-11, 2010 at the Weisman Art Museum
at the University of Minnesota.* A major goal of this conference to
demonstrate how hip hop pedagogy can be used to educate, empower and
transform communities. The organizers and presenters will discuss and
workshop methods to creatively apply the elements of hip hop to engage
diverse young people in a variety of forums. All will be invited and
students, educators, artists, and community organizers will
demonstrate creative modes of teaching and learning that challenge us
to use our bodies and talents to theorize social justice.

This conference is comprised of 3 major themes:
Day 1: Hip Hop Feminism: Using Art, Culture and Politics to Transform
Day 2: Remixing Borders, Transgressing Boundaries: Hip Hop as
Transnational Praxis
Day 3: Hip Hop for Healing: Old Problems, New Solutions

Over the weekend we will feature three formal plenaries with
nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, activists and
scholars, and twelve community arts-based workshops on different
elements of hip hop including: graffiti, breakdancing, drumming,
digital media, spoken-word, and performance-based community organizing.

The conference is being organized by Voices Merging and the Department
of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Already we have received
widespread co-sponsorship from the following academic units at the
University of MN, including: Global Studies, Anthropology, English,
African and African American Studies, Theater and Political Science.
We also have a large base of collaborating student groups at the U
involved, and community organizations in the Twin Cities.

If you would like more info on the conference before coming to this
meeting, just let me know and we are glad to provide more info.

Thanks, look forward to working with you!

Anna Pirsch

University of Minnesota Undergraduate
School of Nursing
Secretary - Voices Merging
(608) 772 - 0222

"Live from your heart you will be absolutely effective."

Spoken Word at the Loft November 21

Saturday, November 21, 8 pm
Equilibrium: Spoken Word at the Loft presents
with special guests CHANTZ EROLIN and NIKKO SENCER MURA
and DJ NAK
At the Loft, Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
$5/$3 students and Loft members
First come first serve, no reserve seating

Award winning poet chanteuse, Sandra Garcia Rivera has captured audiences
throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, Great Britain and Holland with her
Nuyorican soul and blues inspired delivery. Her poems have appeared in
numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies including Urban Latino Magazine,
Hostos Review, Centro Journal, Promethean Journal, and GalerĂ­a de la Raza's
zine Manteca. She has published two collections: Divination of the Mistress and
Shoulder High, along with two art editions of her internationally acclaimed
poem That Kiss (Ediciones Mixtas). She is the co-founder of Yaya, the all
women's Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican music ensemble based in NYC, and is a
featured vocalist and percussionist on the album Boricua Roots Music by
Yerbabuena. A recent guest artist on the MUN2 show The Chicas Project, she
also appeared in Rosie Perez's documentary Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que TĂș Lo Sepa.
A cultural worker and educator she produces arts events such as The Three Kings
Day Parade (El Museo del Barrio, NYC), Luna Negra (Mission Cultural Center,
SF), and was the Executive Producer of She Hurt Herself Again, the docudrama
short video created to raise awareness about teen date rape, empowering young
women through media literacy (YWCA). She currently resides in the San Francisco
Bay Area where she performs as a solo artist, and in collaboration with
esteemed local musicians and poets, while working on an MFA in Poetry at
Antioch University in Los Angeles.

Geologic first began performing with isangmahal arts kollective and became a
founding member of the Seattle Anakbayan chapter, currently with the Arts
Kollective (2007-present). An accomplished emcee, Geo has released two
full-length albums as the vocalist for Seattle hip-hop duo Blue Scholars,
gaining critical acclaim as a songwriter and a live performer. In 2004, Blue
Scholars' debut album was voted Seattle Weekly's Album of the Year and has
since won the Best Hip-hop Artist (2005, 2006) and Best Local Single (2005)
awards, in addition to Geo winning Best Vocalist (2006), the only time a
Hip-hop artist has ever won the award. Having built a solid regional fanbase,
the duo's notoriety continues to grow nationwide, especially since the 2007
release of their album, Bayani, on Rawkus Records and opening for such artists
as Kanye West, Mos Def, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul. As a cultural
worker for Bayan-USA, he co-founded the People Power Tour with fellow musician
and organizer Kiwi to raise awareness about human rights violations in the
Philippines. He is currently working with DJ/Producer Sabzi on the next Blue
Scholars full-length album as well as other music collaborations while writing
for various publications, where he offers unique and insightful commentary on
films, television and media - most notably on his blog, Prometheusbrown.com
<http://prometheusbrown.com/> . He resides in Seattle with his partner and
their five-year old son and since 2002 (the year Blue Scholars began), he has
been 10 credits shy of a double BA degree in History and American Ethnic
Studies at the University of Washington, which he intends to finish soon.

Voices Merging Open Mic UMN Student Group

Voices Merging Open Mic: Rep Your Roots (09/28/2009 08:00 PM)
Voices Merging is a non profit student organization (also known as student based coalition) created in 2002 to educate and inform students about the urban arts. We host open mics on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, hold workshops to exercise creativity and emotion through words, in addition to several other events and we work hard to build a supportive and cohesive community of writers. If you haven't heard of us or been to our open mics, get ready. You definitely want to be a part of the moves we are making this year. What Happens at the Open Mic? VM Open Mics feature NOT ONLY poetry, but rap, dance, song, monologues, speeches, and visual art as well. Everything is welcome and everyone is supported whether you are a virgin on the mic or an experienced writer. We also have games and activities for the crowd to participate in for prizes throughout the night. You don't have to perform to come, but if you do want to get on the mic, come ON TIME. It's completely FREE and open to the public. INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW! YOU DON"T WANNA MISS IT! Don't be late! Sign-up starts @ 7:30PM! The sign-up list fills up FAST! Everyone gets 5 minutes only...

Ruined, Mixed Blood Theater October 16th-?

By Lynn Nottage

2009 PULITZER PRIZE Winner For Drama,

2009 OBIE AWARD for Best New American Play

2009 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD for Outstanding Play

2009 DRAMA DESK AWARD for Outstanding Play

"...a crackling thriller, with humor, plot twists, and lots of humanity." - NY1

"Muscular drama with richly textured characters, driven by powerful narrative momentum, pulsating music, and heartfelt compassion" -- Variety

Mama Nadi, the definitive unlikely heroine, is a shrewd businesswoman and apolitical opportunist in an African land torn apart by civil war. She runs a makeshift oasis in the Ituri rain forest serving miners, government-backed militia, and their opposing rebel forces, while simultaneously saving, protecting, and exploiting the women under her watchful eye.


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$3 Spoken Word Event November 21, 8pm

Saturday November 21, 8 pm - Equilibrium: from Blue Scholars, poet/emcee