MINNEAPOLIS BASED
EMERGING ARTISTS OF COLOR
dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home Project Cohort


With support from dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home Project Coordinator, Molly Van Avery
Sharon Bridgforth is partnering with Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) to provide mentorship to a cohort of six (intergenerational) emerging artists of color.

City of Lakes Community Land Trust created a curriculum for the Cohort that focuses on foundational information about home buying and homeownership that could be used for conventional as well as CLCLT homeownership. 

In addition to hosting Cohort meetings, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association has invited the Cohort to join them in visioning ways to creatively invite, engage and activate communities in providing input and solutions to public housing issues.

Sharon offers artistic mentorship to the Cohort as they create and share work . . . and engage in
exploring ways to create vibrant, sustainable lives that are financially free. 

The Cohort  at Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association with City of Lakes Community Land Trust.

During rehearsals for dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show at Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis
Sharon had a blast offering dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Readings and dem Mermaids Blessings from
dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation in
Molly Van Avery's (Tiny) Poetry House in Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis. 
MORE HERE.

MEET THE
dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home
Project COHORT

  Olivia Levins Holden  is a mixed Boricua muralist, organizer, mixed media artist and arts educator, born in and residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her work translates community conversations and people's history into collaborative public art, and strives to explore many ways the arts can tell our stories and combat toxic narratives. Olivia is one third of Studio Thalo, a small collectively run art studio in Minneapolis that opens its doors to artists and organizations. She enjoys being barefoot in the summer, sharing meals and being outdoors, laughing and generating beauty with others.    

Olivia Levins Holden is a mixed Boricua muralist, organizer, mixed media artist and arts educator, born in and residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Her work translates community conversations and people's history into collaborative public art, and strives to explore many ways the arts can tell our stories and combat toxic narratives. Olivia is one third of Studio Thalo, a small collectively run art studio in Minneapolis that opens its doors to artists and organizations. She enjoys being barefoot in the summer, sharing meals and being outdoors, laughing and generating beauty with others.

 

  Amoke Kubat  is a” Northsider for life” who has been involved in empowering families since 1987. She is a Yoruba Priestess, teacher, artist and writer who partners with community artists, activists and organizations to bridge African/African American culture and historical contributions into transformative actions for healing and building sustainable families and communities. Amoke is the creator of: YO MAMA, which empowers mothers by disrupting the devaluation of women’s invisible labor and the ART of Mothering, art making and empowerment of girls and women. Check out Amoke’s self published memoir, Missing Mama: My Story of Loss, Sorrow and Healing  HERE.

Amoke Kubat is a” Northsider for life” who has been involved in empowering families since 1987. She is a Yoruba Priestess, teacher, artist and writer who partners with community artists, activists and organizations to bridge African/African American culture and historical contributions into transformative actions for healing and building sustainable families and communities. Amoke is the creator of: YO MAMA, which empowers mothers by disrupting the devaluation of women’s invisible labor and the ART of Mothering, art making and empowerment of girls and women. Check out Amoke’s self published memoir, Missing Mama: My Story of Loss, Sorrow and Healing HERE.

  Mankwe Ndosi  is celebrated for a sound and practice that spans genres and disciplines: celebrating influences from Jazz and African legacies, Hip Hop and Soul, performance art, theater, public art and improvisation. She is a performer and composer who uses texture, utterance and harmony to make music with artists of all genres, and living beings human, animal and elemental - expressing emotion, story and spirit. She performs nationally and internationally with creative musicians and performing artists. She is also Wild Plant Woman and a Culture Worker - using creative practice to nurture human connection to each other, our ancestors, and the earth.

Mankwe Ndosi is celebrated for a sound and practice that spans genres and disciplines: celebrating influences from Jazz and African legacies, Hip Hop and Soul, performance art, theater, public art and improvisation. She is a performer and composer who uses texture, utterance and harmony to make music with artists of all genres, and living beings human, animal and elemental - expressing emotion, story and spirit. She performs nationally and internationally with creative musicians and performing artists. She is also Wild Plant Woman and a Culture Worker - using creative practice to nurture human connection to each other, our ancestors, and the earth.

  Lula Saleh  is an Eritrean Ethiopian-American, Saudi-born, artist, healer, organizer, entrepreneur, facilitator and cultural producer. She is an Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow, a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies, and an Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) affiliated artist. Lula uses her art, personal story, and gifts as an Empath/Healer and facilitator to cultivate authentic spaces for heart+soul connection, collective healing,  and compassionate expression.  Featured in Button Poetry, OkayAfrica, City Pages, The Current, Al Jazeera English, Colorlines and more you can stream her music  HERE  and read her writings on healing, spirituality, and women of color feminisms on her Medium column  HERE.

Lula Saleh is an Eritrean Ethiopian-American, Saudi-born, artist, healer, organizer, entrepreneur, facilitator and cultural producer. She is an Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow, a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies, and an Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) affiliated artist. Lula uses her art, personal story, and gifts as an Empath/Healer and facilitator to cultivate authentic spaces for heart+soul connection, collective healing,  and compassionate expression.  Featured in Button Poetry, OkayAfrica, City Pages, The Current, Al Jazeera English, Colorlines and more you can stream her music HERE and read her writings on healing, spirituality, and women of color feminisms on her Medium column HERE.

  Claudette M. Webster  is a native of Jamaica, West Indies, is a writer, educator, workshop facilitator and community activist. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a founding member of The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Ms. Webster earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2014.  Her creative thesis  For All A We I,  a poetry compilation is based on her family journey of immigration and assimilation in New York.  

Claudette M. Webster is a native of Jamaica, West Indies, is a writer, educator, workshop facilitator and community activist. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a founding member of The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Ms. Webster earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2014.  Her creative thesis For All A We I, a poetry compilation is based on her family journey of immigration and assimilation in New York.  

  Sarah White  says, “I discovered at a young age my ability to share and spread a light within myself through art, that made both change in my community but also in collective healing and awareness. I am a full-time photographer, singer, dj, visual artist with a passion for holistic living, organic food, and Social Justice. I am a certified yoga instructor, have studies in environmental science, and have been an active member in the community holding space for radical self care for mothers and WOC, as well as an activist both on the stage and in the streets against Police Brutality, Equality and injustice. My newest exploration has included studies in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy and Photographic Storytelling for Justice.”      

Sarah White says, “I discovered at a young age my ability to share and spread a light within myself through art, that made both change in my community but also in collective healing and awareness. I am a full-time photographer, singer, dj, visual artist with a passion for holistic living, organic food, and Social Justice. I am a certified yoga instructor, have studies in environmental science, and have been an active member in the community holding space for radical self care for mothers and WOC, as well as an activist both on the stage and in the streets against Police Brutality, Equality and injustice. My newest exploration has included studies in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy and Photographic Storytelling for Justice.”

 

 

 

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home project is made possible by
the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, The Whitman Institute,
Thousand Currents Artist In-Residence Program, development support from New Dramatists Creativity Fund (a program made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and is a Project of Creative Capital.