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Friday, October 13 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Welcome & Opening Plenary: Waves of Disruption

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How the culture of place and people coming to it has disrupted the status quo, brought new ideas, and unleashed creativity.


Mohamed Samatar

Mohamed Samatar is a cultural maker, community organizer, performance and multimedia artist from Minneapolis. Samatar has been pursuing the field of creative curation, production, and performance art since 2009.

Mona Smith

Allies: media/art
Mona Smith, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, multimedia artist, educator. She is trying to figure out how to navigate in this new world. She stands with Standing Rock. She goes to too many meetings and is trying to get back to doing some art.

Steve Thao

Executive Director, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
Steve Yee Thao is the executive director of the Center for Hmong Arts and Talents. He has a passion for film, music, and literature and loves working in the community. He has produced documentaries about the great California drought, environmental issues, and many other issues that... Read More →
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Tia-Simone Gardner

Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar. She has participated as Studio Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, and held artists residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; IASPIS in Stockholm; and the Frank Mohr Institute... Read More →

Friday October 13, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Opus Hall, Room 201 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403