Teen artists address racism in exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art

A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art showcases the creative talents of dozens of subway students. The goal of their work – to fight racism through art.

At the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the colorful designs and posters adorning the walls are all works of art created by this group of local teenagers.

Josh Landste, a grade 12 student at Minnesota Transitions Charter School, says, “It’s really great to have something installed in a museum. Let everyone come and watch it and admire it.

Representing students from North High School, Como Park High and Minnesota Transitions Charter School, the new exhibit focuses on racism as a public health crisis. In partnership with the MIA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the young creatives were mentored by professional artists. And through art, some students have found an outlet.

A 15-year-old student at MTCS, Anthony McArthur collaborated with Landste and another student on a poster about police brutality. He says the poster is based in part on his own life experiences.

Three students collaborated on this work, expressing their life experiences with police brutality. (FOX 9)

McArthur said, “When the cops see me on the street, what do you think they’re expecting? What do you think they’re assuming? The first thing they say to me, do you have something on you? ? Anything illegal, you have a gun That’s the first thing they tell me when they see me, like that’s not how you greet someone. “

Fight against racism, social injustice and racial inequality. The visuals are an expression of anger, pain, hope and healing.

“They take it into account, they observe it, they analyze it, process it. And I think what you see in their illustrations is exactly that,” said Bukata Hayes, vice president of racial equity and sanitary facilities for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota.

The exhibit “Racism as a Public Health Crisis” will be on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art until February 6. (FOX 9)

Amaya Sandres, a first year student at Como Park High School, said: “It’s nice to know that our generation cares about us and some people know they have a voice and can share their story in different ways. “

Before leaving the exhibit, McArthur said: “Something I have done is on the wall of a museum for other people to see. They will see and get a feel for it as if it was real, it’s not a game, that stuff is happening for real. “

The exhibition will be on view until February 6. More information about the exhibition can be found here.


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