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Minnesota Disabilities Mural Project

Large, blue tinged goblet  with a google-eyed red/magenta fish floating in the goblet with four white and blue air bubbles rising from its blue lips. Background is a solid base of yellow/green filling the tile.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

Teaching artist Mark Davison assisting Mural Project participants at the Maple Grove Art Center in August, 2013.

Teaching artist Mark Davison assisting Mural Project participants at the Maple Grove Art Center in August, 2013.

St. Cloud mural artist Stacey O'Connell, Char Coal, Sheri Pfau and Craig Dunn comparing notes at the Disability Mural Exhibit at Gallery Saint Germain in St. Cloud.

St. Cloud mural artist Stacey O’Connell, Char Coal, Sheri Pfau and Craig Dunn comparing notes at the Disability Mural Exhibit at Gallery Saint Germain in St. Cloud.

One of the Minnesota Disability Mural display panels at the exhibit in City Center, Minneapolis.

One of the Minnesota Disability Mural display panels at the exhibit in City Center, Minneapolis.

Disability Mural Project artist Lori T. proudly displays her work after completing it at the Coon Rapids Civic Center workshop.

Disability Mural Project artist Lori T. proudly displays her work after completing it at the Coon Rapids Civic Center workshop.

Upcoming Special Projects

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