The Minnesota Disability Mural Project involved nearly 800 people from the Twin Cities metro area and the St. Cloud area. The mural is composed of 1,022, 1’ x 1’ panels (652 Twin Cities and 370 in St. Cloud) that were created during the summer of 2013 by people with disabilities and people without disabilities who had a connection to a person with a disability.
The exhibit of the panels created in the Twin Cities metro area was curated by Minneapolis artist, Char Coal, and displayed in the main floor atrium of City Center in downtown Minneapolis. The St. Cloud artwork was exhibited at the Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud and curated by Melissa Gohman and Ms. Coal. Both exhibits were shown for ten days during October of 2013. This web exhibit is the first time all the panels can be seen at one time.
All of the artwork for the Minnesota Disability Mural was created during workshops held during the summer of 2013. The workshops were led by:
- Deb Costandine, St. Paul
- Mark Davison, Minneapolis
- Christi Furnas, Minneapolis
- Tara Innmon, Minneapolis
- Stacey O’Connell, St. Cloud
- Sheri Pfau, St. Cloud
This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
History of the Disability Mural Project
This project replicates a 2011 Disability Mural Project directed by Bridget Riversmith with the Arrowhead Alliance of Artists with Disabilities (AAAWD) in Duluth. The original Disability Mural in 2000, led by Frances Valesco at the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, California, is now displayed at the Ed Roberts Campus in the Ashby BART station in Berkeley.
Minnesota Disability Mural Project Photos
Upcoming Special Projects
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