Build A House Build A Community Art Residency, Plains Art Museum - Fargo, ND (2014)
Working in collaboration with Churches United for the Homeless, my intention was to use my art residency (which ran parallel to the Living as Form exhibition at the Plains Art Museum) to expand public understanding and knowledge about homelessness in the FM area. This was inspired through a conversation with a friend, Karis Thompson, and the controversy surrounding the Affordable Housing Project that is slated to be built in Moorhead, MN which will offer 41 units to those leaving homelessness. Throughout the week of 8/11-8/16, I facilitated a series of interviews and conversations culminating in a performance using tiny houses painted by children at Churches United with Marissa Van Vleet. This project will go to Churches United to aid them in their ongoing advocacy to create long term affordable housing for those in need.
Monday, 8/11 - 12pm interview with Laurie Baker, Executive Director of the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons
Thursday, 8/14 – 12pm interview with Sonja Ellner, Director of the Dorothy Day House
Thursday Night Live – 5-8pm – Performance (6pm) Jane Alexander Executive Director of Churches United interview and discussion (6:30pm), Solidarity House Painting (6:30-8:00pm).
Collaborators on this project include:
- Churches United - Executive Director, Jane Alexander and residents
- Marissa Van Vleet - Volunteer Children's Art Educator at Churches United
- Brandon LaPlante - Furniture maker (chairs) and owner of Link and Timber
- ,Jackie Kodadek, Jacob Hartje and Aimee Klein - Vocal talent
*Finally, a special thanks to Constance Pearson and all the staff at the Plains Art Museum for making this all possible.