Our Space Is Spoken For integrates public arts with community storytelling—all created by people of color in the Twin Cities.
Twin Cities Media Alliance invites local POCI (people of color and indigenous) artists to make community stories visible using their craft, helping us to build and preserve a creative record of our communities. This project will connect local artists to community members who desire to share their stories, and selected artists will record and present these stories in their chosen discipline.
Why creative storytelling? Stories claim and shape the spaces in which we work, live and play. Stories connect us across boundaries, they illuminate the paths by which we have arrived, and the futures we imagine.
Yet, many of our stories remain out of the sphere of public art; black and brown folks are consistently underrepresented in the narrative of the Twin Cities and its art scene. Our Space Is Spoken For intends to reclaim that narrative, taking back voice and agency.
In 2018, for the inaugural year of Our Space Is Spoken For, stories will be collected from St. Paul residents from five featured neighborhoods.
- West Side
- Dayton’s Bluff
Our Space will culminate in a series of performances in public spaces in August 2018, and a documentary film screening and panel discussion in October 2018
Our Space is looking for People of Color/Indigenous artists (POC/I) to apply. Additional eligibility for applicants includes:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be working, professional artists (whether emerging or established).
- Live within the seven county Twin Cities metro area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties). Artists who live in or have a community/cultural connection to Saint Paul are especially encouraged to apply.
We are seeking POC/I artists from a broad range of creative disciplines including but not limited to:
- Performing arts
- Spoken word
- Movement & dance
- Circus arts
- Visual arts
The artist call application closes on Wednesday, May 31 at 11:59p. We highly encourage POC/I artists interested in public art to apply; artists do not need to have experience in public art to apply. We ask that Our Space artist applicants refrain from submitting to the separate Our Space call for community stories.
We will have an in-person info session on Tuesday, May 22nd 11-1p at Rondo Community Outreach Library to talk more about Our Space, the artist call and answer any questions you may have. Please register for the info session.
We will have a live webinar version of this info session TBD. Please contact Our Space project manager, Elle Thoni, at [email protected] if you would like to be informed when the webinar date has been set.
Founded in 2005, Twin Cities Media Alliance (TCMA) is a nonprofit media arts organization that equips individuals and organizations with the power of media arts to shape narratives that advance equity and justice. With this lens, we help people and organizations become better storytellers and create platforms and spaces for those stories to be told.
We accomplish our mission by:
- Offering media arts, narrative and communication trainings
- Creating media arts projects like Our Space and the Twin Cities Daily Planet, an award-winning online news publication that amplifies and connects marginalized voices
- Hosting events and community conversations centered on issues affecting marginalized communities