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Tell a Story: Visual Arts + Personal Memoir

Jeremiah Bey Ellison

Participants in Jeremiah Bey Ellison’s project, Tell a Story, will create a piece of art that conveys their life’s journey placed in their community.

Tell a Story is a project of Jeremiah Bey Ellison, a native North Minneapolis resident, Juxtaposition Arts graduate, public artist, and muralist. Tell a Story will be a place for community members to discuss, process, and articulate their stories, while also reclaiming ownership of their communal narratives. Participants of the course will each create a work of visual art, combined with the written word (prose, poetry, etc.), to relay elements of their life’s journey and narrative. The project will build skills and relationships that allow participants to grapple with, challenge, and reflect on the internal and external narratives that are imposed on communities of color. Intentionally designed as an intergenerational effort, Tell a Story builds a platform for community members to interact and exchange knowledge between one another with the purpose of creating a narrative that competently reflects the story of the individual and the community.

Artist: Jeremiah Ellison

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Neighborhood HUB and Juxtaposition Arts
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988