Find a creative space specifically for BIPOC artists and community members at the first Artist Salon in the Power of Art series: Sacred Sidewalk Shadows with Seitu Ken Jones.
Working on the Vernal Equinox, Seitu Ken Jones will work with a small cadre of artists to capture and trace our shadows. He will then guide the workshop participants to create stencils to create rain or water-activated shadows. Using a water resist created by a Seattle artist, we will apply the shadows to sidewalk panels in a sacred location in Duluth. These shadows will mark the historic and contemporary presence of people of color in the Duluth region.
All talks and workshops in the Power of Art series focus on art's ability to raise awareness, cultivate community, and promote social change. The series is made in part thanks to a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.
Sacred Sidewalk Shadows
with Seitu Ken Jones
March 20, 2022
Duluth, St. Louis County Depot Performing Arts Entrance
Free, registration limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members only.
ABOUT SEITU KEN JONES
Artist and advocate Seitu Ken Jones has been tending the soil of community through art for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has harnessed the tools of visual art, infrastructure, and civic engagement to create work that links history to the present and honors the community’s assets — from its historic figures to natural resources to cultural traditions.
In his public art and events, Jones pushes beyond traditional art spaces to reach people in the context of their lives and communities. His large-scale sculptural installation Turnip Greens was dedicated in 2019 in the Nashville Farmers Market, inspired by the city’s bounty of food and black culture. First enacted in St. Paul in 2014, A Community Meal convened two thousand people over dinner at a table half a mile long. Jones’s site-specific art installations for the Twin Cities Light Rail Transit system blend visual beauty with local history. In 2013, Jones co-founded Frogtown Farm, a five-acre urban farm in a St. Paul city park created with and for neighborhood residents.
Jones is a recently retired faculty member of Goddard College in Washington State. He holds a BS degree in Landscape Design and a MLS in Environmental History from the University of Minnesota. He’s been a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Science Resources at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the board of managers for the Capitol Region Watershed District. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his partner the poet Soyini Guyton.
Read more about Seitu on his website.