Creative Citymaking Artist Witt Siasoco, Printmaker Mischa Kegan, and Minnesota History Center Program Specialist Aleah Vinick will work with 10-12 Minnesota History Center Teen Interns to produce a series of artworks and a publication in response to historic properties in Minneapolis.
Utilizing a mix of lectures, walking tours, and museum visits, the Minnesota Historical Society will provide students a base knowledge of Minneapolis history- specific areas of investigation will include St Anthony Falls, the Gateway District, the West Bank, and Northeast Minneapolis.
Artists Witt Siasoco and Mischa Kegan will give the students hands on instruction in the artistic mediums of screenprinting, photography, and collage. The participants will gather graphic assets (drawings and photographs) during walking tours, museum tours, and library research visits. The assets will be used to create artworks reflecting historic properties in Minneapolis. The artworks will be included in displays in the Northeast and West Bank neighborhoods, as well as an exhibition at Intermedia Arts in November.
Through their engagement with Building Art through Buildings, participants will gain 21st Century Skills – Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. The project requires the students to engage in self-directed research, requiring them to clarify goals, evaluate evidence, and assess conclusions, the basic tenants of critical thinking. Additionally, participants will be placed in an environment that will stimulate collaboration and communication with others. Through engaging in hands on artmaking, the students will develop their creativity.