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Reframe MN: Art Beyond A Single Story


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Reframe MN: Art Beyond A Single Story

  • Two Rivers Gallery 1530 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)

Two Rivers Gallery and All My Relations Arts are working together to curate a joint exhibition, Reframe Minnesota: Art Beyond A Single Story. Reframe Minnesota is an artistic and community generated response and recommendation  concerning the future of art at the Minnesota State Capitol directed at the art committee, political leaders of Minnesota, and the general public. To learn more about the art at the Minnesota State Capitol and its inaccurate and harmful depictions of Native people please read Sheila Dickinson's article: Battle rages over racist paintings in the Minnesota State Capitol, written for the City Pages.

Artistic responses from K - 12 grade students will be on display at Two Rivers Gallery throughout the exhibition through a partnership with Scott Russell and Healing Minnesota Stories.

 Healing Minnesota Stories (HMS), an initiative of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network, is dedicated to creating dialog, understanding, and healing between Native and non-Native peoples, particularly in faith communities. As part of that work, we are trying to raise awareness of the art in the Minnesota State Capitol and the offensive images of Manifest Destiny.

HMS volunteer and art teacher Rachel Latuff developed a lesson plan to teach her students about the art in the Capitol and challenged them to make alternative Capitol art -- art that better represented their community, their hopes for Minnesota, and/or the state's recent history. 

Three schools have participated in this project, an elementary, junior, and senior high school. Two additional schools are participating now and will finish in May. Samples of art from each school will be on display in the "Reframe Minnesota" exhibit.

  • North View Junior High in Brooklyn Center, the first school do to the project
  • Oshki Ogimaag Community School in Grand Portage, A K-6 charter school rooted in Anishinaabe culture and language
  • North Woods Community School in Cook 
  • The American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul and Andersen United Community School in Minneapolis K-8 are currently working on the project.  

The Minnesota State Capitol is currently in the middle of a major renovation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make significant changes. The Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission created an Art Subcommittee to review the current art. Shelly Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian Community wrote a strongly worded opinion piece in the Star Tribune titled: Minnesotans, it’s time to move offensive art out of the people’s house. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe submitted a formal letter to the Art Subcommittee asking the state to remove the "offensive and traumatizing art" from the Capitol. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community sent in their own recommendations. Students who have participated in the Healing Minnesota Stories art project also have weighed in on needed changes, writing to Governor Dayton. Here are the letters from North View and North Woods students.

Sadly, the Art Subcommittee has issued very weak recommendations that do not involve removing any of the offensive art. On the positive side, the Capitol remodel will open a lot of new space for new art. This will be an opportunity to add new stories and new artists to our state Capitol, including the possibility of student art.



Funding for Two Rivers Gallery is provided by First Nations Development InstituteMetropolitan Regional Arts CouncilMinneapolis American Indian Center and individual donors and volunteers.


Gallery Hours:

Monday & Tuesday, 10am - 4pm

Wednesday, 10am - 3pm


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