Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bronze Training in Ouagadougou

Rabi and his twin brother Philippe participated in a bronze training during our recent visit to Ouaga. Their schoolmates Hamidou and Harouna are bronziers at the Village Artisanal de Ouagadougou. With Hamidou and Harouna's patience and guidance, they learned the lost-wax casting process.

If you're in the neighborhood, give them a call at 76-67-31-08 or 76-04-77-32. Merci beaucoup Hamidou et Harouna!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Spiritual Art Delivered

"You of Little Faith" travelled across the pond last month, thanks to the generosity of Nick and Rosie. It will stay on display chez Sanfo, meaning it was a gift for Rabi's mom back in Burkina Faso.

Be sure to check out this year's Spiritual Art Show. Rabi won't be participating this year, but we still want to support our dear friends!

2008 Spiritual Art Show
Salvation Army
2727 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

March 9-14

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Soul On Ice

Soul On Ice
Understanding the value and depth of Black Culture

The Soap Factory
518 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Feb 23 - Mar 23, 2008

Opening Reception
Saturday, Feb 23, 2008

Honoring Black History Month the Soap Factory presents the largest group exhibition on Black Culture by Minnesota artists of color.

The title was inspired by author and activist Eldridge Cleaver, from his book “Soul on Ice”, reflecting on the turbulent times of the civil rights movement from which he built a culture consciousness which is still active in our lives today.

Soul on Ice will be a rare opportunity to view an exhibition of over sixty Minnesota artists of color, an exciting and chilling art experience. The Soul on Ice exhibition will literally be a chilling new art experience, as the Soap Factory Gallery will not be heated during the run of the show. Visitors and attendees will need to bundle up wearing winter gear while viewing Stone Cold Art.

Soul On Ice is curated by Pat Phillips and the TAWU (The Art Within Us) artist group sponsored by Obsidian Arts. TAWU artists regularly develop and participate in group and individual exhibits, art-history based educational programs and events.

Artist Discussions
Obsidian Arts
734 E Lake St #220
Minneapolis, MN 55407

"The Ethical Contract and Grants and Fellowships for Artists"
Led by Ernest Bryant. Available at the discussion will be a grants package compiled by Seitu Jones.
March 8th, 2008

"Black Culture Talk"
Open discussion with community leaders on the subjects of raising culture consciousness, the future of culture through our children, and cultural leadership.
March 22nd, 2008

Soul Eater
Found objects
12.5 x 4.25

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

20th Annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity

For the first time, the University of St. Thomas will be giving out the Friend of the Forum and Winds of Change awards at its Multicultural Forum. Rabi created these inaugural sculptures.

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

Feb 20-21, 2008

Awards presented Feb 21st at 1pm
Mother Earth

Friday, February 01, 2008

"Unity (Umoja)" Exhibit

“Unity” (Umoja)

Hennepin County Government Center
300 S Sixth St
Tunnel Gallery
Minneapolis, MN 55487

Feb 1-29, 2007
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This group exhibit, celebrating Black History Month, includes work by TAWU artists.