Art + Abolition: Memorialize the Movement, Deepen our Commitment
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The event series “Co-op Community Conversations: Exploring the intersection of racial, social, and food justice” is presented by Eastside Food Co-op, Mississippi Market Food Co-op, Seward Community Co-op, and Twin Cities Co-op Partners as a way to examine and connect our cooperative values with social justice movements.
Through the summer of 2020, we experienced the way art can metabolize, mobilize, heal and inspire in the movement for racial justice. Join Seward Co-op along with Eastside, Mississippi Market, and TCCP Co-ops as we honor and celebrate the protest art of this past year while deepening our commitment to racial justice in our community. We’ll gather on Thursday, June 24th for outdoor, COVID-safe gatherings focused on art and abolition within our co-op communities.
Last summer, Seward Co-op invited local, BIPOC-led artist groups to create murals on the plywood at the stores as a canvas to express emotions and grief, and to support the community in metabolizing trauma in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. The majority of the murals at Seward Co-op were weatherproofed and remained displayed at the stores over the past year. With permission from the artists, Seward Co-op is now donating these works of art to Memorialize the Movement, a grassroots organization working to collect and preserve the protest art created in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
On Thursday, June 24th from 6pm-7:30pm, join us outside of Seward Co-op’s Franklin and Friendship stores for music, conversation with the artists, and opportunities to create art and signs you can bring to future community actions or display at your home. Muralists will be doing live painting and as co-op members, we will express our commitments to the movement in 2021 and beyond.For those who are unable to join us in person, we’ll also be livestreaming the event, with conversations with Leesa, founder of Memorialize the Movement, Seward Co-op Board members, and some of the artists who shared their talents with our community. Following the event, the remaining 2020 murals will be officially donated to Memorialize the Movement.
Everyone is welcome and RSVP not required; however, if you register you will receive an email from Eventbrite that contains an event reminder and livestream link before the event.