Hawona Sullivan Janzen
Hawona Sullivan Janzen is a Twin-Cities based curator and multidisciplinary artist who believes that art is the only thing that can save us from ourselves. She is the curator for the University of Minnesota's Robert J. Jones Urban Research & Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) Gallery, co-founder of Witness Writing, a free North Minneapolis based creative writing program, and the chair of Literary Witnesses, a 20 year old poetry reading series of Plymouth Congregational Church. Her writing has been featured on National Public Radio, in publications by Sister Black Press, Coffee House Press and developed into a jazz opera at at the Soap Factory Gallery in Minneapolis. Hawona has curated exhibits on the Black Experience for the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Hennepin County and the Children's Theatre, and received numerous grants from the McKnight Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is currently at work on “The Rondo Family Reunion: a Public Art Lawn Sign project featuring photographs and poetry illuminating the people of Saint Paul’s Rondo Community.