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Artists Respond to the Mourning, Grieving and Fires on Lake Street

40 Artists · 35+ Pop-up works · 25+ Outdoor public spaces on Lake Street
OFFERINGS: BareBones 2020 · October 24 to November 7 · #barebonespuppets

OFFERINGS: Artists Respond to the Mourning, Grieving and Fires on Lake Street is a multifaceted engagement of artists, co-facilitated by Harry Waters Jr. and Lelis Brito, that holds space for death, loss, grief, ancestors and remembering centered on the current changes on Lake Street.

We proudly announce that forty Twin Cities artists have been selected to participate in BareBones 2020.

OFFERINGS will feature 35+ pop-up art works that will activate a variety of outdoor public and community locations along and near Lake Street in South Minneapolis. We invite the public, neighbors, passerby and BareBones community to take a self-guided tour of OFFERINGS from October 25 to November 7.

In our 27th year, BareBones delivers a fresh collaborative take on our annual spectacle that will replace any live events where the public will be invited due to the safety concerns of COVID-19.

Read a Message from the 2020 Co-Facilitators...

BareBones 2020 Artists

The featured artists, listed below, who range from early to seasoned makers, are working in puppetry, sculpture, dance, performance, installation, sound, film, video, photography, textile, digital art and design. Each artist has mentorship and resources from BareBones for their participation.

  • Rox Anderson, Baki Porter and Chaim Budensky
  • Karly Bergmann
  • Queen Serena Black
  • Gustavo Adolfo Boada Rivas
  • Naye-Taye Burnett
  • Niziah Osheen Burnett
  • Angie Courchaine
  • Venus de Mars
  • Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips
  • Elliott Etzkorn
  • Tara L. Fahey
  • Orren Fen
  • Graci Horne
  • Masanari Kawahara
  • Johanna Keller Flores
  • Carolyn Kopecky
  • Laura Korynta
  • Amber Lee
  • Mina Leierwood
  • Theresa Linnihan
  • Marian Lucas
  • Mack the Barber also known as George MacIntyre
  • Angela North
  • Caroline Manheimer
  • Ifrah Mansour
  • Margo McCreary
  • Kallie Melvin
  • Mollie Rae Miller
  • Hannah Missississippi
  • Ofunshi Oba Koso
  • Christie Owens
  • Mary Plaster
  • Kurt Seaberg
  • Kari Tauring
  • Kieran Myles-Andrés Tverbakk
  • Oanh Vu
  • Andrea Wakely
  • Indigenous Roots Arts Center (Collective)

Artist mentors:

  • Angie Courchaine
  • Tara Fahey
  • Masanari Kawahara
  • Theresa Linnihan
  • Gustavo Adolfo Boada Rivas
  • Mark Safford

The artworks are pop-ups that will activate a variety of public outdoor locations and community spaces along and near Lake Street in South Minneapolis. A few works will occur in an artist’s home or a studio or rove between their personal setting to the city street.

OFFERINGS is a self-guided tour of pop-up works for the public, neighbors, and passerby that will run from October 24 to November 7. View the map below to look up an artist and the location and visiting times of their pop-up work. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing during your visit in accordance with the MN COVID-19 guidelines.

An online retrospective of OFFERINGS will be launched in mid-November. Date to be announced.

“OFFERINGS is witnessed on a continuum, from the artist reflecting on their role in history as they make the work, to the people surrounding the artist and interacting intimately with their art, to the broader community encountering a finished expression.” - Harry and Lelis, 2020 Co-facilitators

BareBones 2020 Statement of Intention

BareBones exists to present the Halloween Extravaganza. It is a vehicle for naming, mourning and honoring the dead, both the known and unknown, including the victims of neglect, police brutality and genocide. It is an event for collective grieving through community art as we enter the cold and dark time of the year. These things are desperately needed in Minneapolis in 2020. As artists our tools are vision, manifestation, transformation.

Members of BareBones community have been in the streets, at the meetings, on their phones and computers, mourning the violent murder of George Floyd, working to transform the situation into lasting social and structural change.

We see this murder and its aftermath within the context of systems which intentionally build inequity and division, and a context of massive brutality by those in power at every level which rips from us our humanity and our connection to our bodies and the earth. BareBones also exists within this context. In recent years we have taken steps towards undoing any white-body supremacy within BareBones, with an eye on Minneapolis and the larger culture. But we have not gone far enough. We promise to do more. Here, we make the following action promises to be accountable to.

Removing barriers to participation: we will consider this as we make every decision about hiring, location, cost, content and messaging.

More about hiring: This year, as in other recent years, we commit to hiring — especially to leadership positions — at least 50% people who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, transgender, queer, people with disabilities and women.

Learning/unlearning: This year we will again offer: 1) for Black and Brown bodies: Black, Indigenous, people of of color only special event during the making of the show for social and artistic support 2) for white bodies: “embodied white allies workshop” and 3) for all bodies: community conversations around cultural appropriation and creating a culture of consent.

Safety: We will continue to advocate so that the city will allow us to find a police-free alternative to keeping BareBones events safe. We have a “safer spaces” committee devoted to helping the BareBones community be welcoming to all who feel called to join and to helping with conflicts as they arise.

We hope you will join us to make BareBones 2020 what this community needs it to be.

Many thanks to our partner organizations that have contributed resources to the 2020 project including Teatro del Pueblo, Indigenous Roots Arts Center, R.A.R.E House, Ingebretsen, MIGIZI Communications, Club Cuernavaca-Axochiapan-Morelos, Latinas y Latinos Unidos por la Cultura y el Arte, and Pangea World Theater.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support this year has been provided by Compas and the Safford Family as well as contributions by our greater BareBones community over the years.