In 2020 the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk moves to more online content in response to COVID-19 Crisis. Stay tuned for more info about upcoming Artist Talks and Arts Industry Social Hours on Zoom.

Join us on Tuesday, August 11 at 5-6pm.
Event Invitation  on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/603661213683723
Panel co-hosts: Terresa Moses and Jordon Moses of Blackbird Revolt; and Flo Matamoros and Dr. Jamie L. Ratliff of Prøve Gallery and Collective. The panel will discuss their artwork, curatorial projects, and activism in the community, as well as local zines they have created and facilitated, and thoughts about the uprising. Tuesday’s discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Ratliff.

Arts Industry Social Hour : Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5pm

We are excited to announce that Terresa and Jordon Moses of Blackbird Revolt will be joining us as co-hosts for the next Arts Industry Social Hour on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5pm. During the Summer 2020 Virtual Arts Walk, we will be sharing excerpts of their recent project, “Après Zine,” an invaluable and beautifully designed resource for the anti-racism movement in our community! Please be sure to head over to their website – https://blackbirdrevolt.com/apres/ – where you can view and download the full zine, free of charge. And please donate, if you can, to support their on-going work.

Let’s get to know Blackbird Revolt:

We here at Blackbird Revolt recognize the impact of creative art forms within social justice movements and the part we can all play in furthering positive change in our communities. As a team, we want to find ways to support the causes we care about while providing opportunities for others to do the same. With our creations we aim to inspire people to engage in dialogue and activism. Blackbird Revolt aspires to break the social & political barriers that keep us caged. Our designs go beyond media and apparel, we find creative solutions to help challenge the way people think about the world.

Jordon is the Visionary Director at Blackbird Revolt and the creator of All Black Zine. Terresa is the Creative Director at Blackbird Revolt and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Director of the Diversity Network at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. She is the creator of Project Naptural and co-collaborator of Racism Untaught.

APRÈS is a zine we created to honor Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie.  However, as we were crafting the zine, the police murdered George Floyd. We were devastated. This murder followed the murders of Ahmaud and Breonna. We were overwhelmed and trying to figure out how to act while processing the pain and constant struggle of being Black in this environment.

We decided to change our zine. We wanted to make something that might be helpful to folks who are looking to do more. Not everyone will need what’s in this zine. Many artists, creatives, and organizers are already embedded in community and leaning into visions of a new world.
The following content is for those who may be stuck, lost, curious, and ready to move.

To read the zine in its entirety >>> https://blackbirdrevolt.com/apres/
(All content created by and property of Blackbird Revolt)

 

Arts Industry Social Hour : Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5pm

 

Flo Matamoros, Director and Curator, Prøve Collective. Illustrator Matamoros has a BA in Art from the College of St. Scholastica, where they studied with local artist Sarah Brokke. As an artist, Matamoros has participated in regional art exhibitions, both group and solo, at Prøve, the Duluth Art Institute, Gallery 315, Washington Studio Artist Cooperative, the Womyn’s Art Fair, AICHO Galleries, and Amazing Grace Bakery. They have curating and gallery experience at Prove, where they currently serve as the co-director, the Duluth Art Institute, and at the former Washington Studio Artist Cooperative, where they served as gallery manager and coordinator for several years. Their artist zines can be found in the Zine Library and at Prøve Gallery, where they are also available for purchase.

Jamie Ratliff, Board Member, Prøve Collective. Dr. Jamie L. Ratliff is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the department of Art & Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches classes on Contemporary, Non-Western, and Latin American Art. Ratliff holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Louisville. Her research interests broadly focus on gender and art, representations of women, and social justice and protestin Latin America. Her curatorial experience includes the co-curated exhibition Reframing Ophelia at the Tweed Museum of Art and Un-Typing Casta, the work of Minneapolis-based Mexican-American contemporary artist Maria Cristina Tavera. At Prøve Gallery, Ratliff contributes to communications, grant-writing, fundraising, and curatorial efforts.