in conversation arts & culture #1

In the first episode of the arts & culture portion of our series, we spoke with Minneapolis based artist and activist Sean Garrison to discuss the role and responsibility of artists in their communities and how the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement influenced his practice. You may recall that Sean was interviewed by MSNBC's Ali Velshi while he completed the work Walking On Air in reaction to Derek Chauvin's verdict. 

 

We urge you to tune in for a particularly moving discussion about the power of art for community healing and his personal experience as a Black man and father in America. 

highlights

  • Sean's journey to becoming a professional visual artist

  • How Sean merges visual art with written work (he created is own iconography!)

  • The role and duty of artists; how we can improve art appreciation

  • His personal experience as a Black, Minneapolis resident after George Floyd's murder

  • His experience as a father during these times; learning protest tactics from his young daughter (29:54-31:40)

  • Sean's international art collective, ROHO Collective, and how they are using art as a healing tool for the BIPOC community

  • Surprising responses from corporations in Minneapolis

show notes