The Minneapolis Revitalization Festival
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Before the events of May 25, 2020, that resulted in the brutal murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis based organization Inclusivi-Tee already had an online art auction event in the works. But in the wake of this local tragedy, the idea grew into a virtual festival including over 100 visual and performing artists, 126 pieces in the auction, and 12 hours of live content for four consecutive days.
As planned, from August 4th to August 6th, the Festival celebrated Black Lives Matter, diversity, kindness, and inclusion through music, workshops, speech, art, and film.
One part of the Festival I was lucky enough to attend was a stream of the film What I Didn’t Know, a documentary following Rita Davern navigating the complex issues that she uncovered about her family’s land. Or what she had always considered to be her family’s land. Like so many white immigrant families, Davern’s ancestors had been living on land that had been taken from Native Americans. The Davern’s specifically, was part of an island sacred to the Dakota tribe. Ramona Kitto Stately is a Dakota descendant who is featured prominently in the film. Together, Stately and Davern use the film to start a necessary dialogue about land and privilege. As Stately says, “This [film] is a conversation that needs to come out of your spirit, all of ours.”
The Artists Who Share (AWS) auction has already raised more than $1700 and, with more than 30 days left to bid, it is sure to raise even more money that will go to the artists and organizations that promote inclusivity and diversity.
From Inclusivi-Tee’s own tote bags and jackets to paintings by actors Pierce Brosnan and Sharon Stone there really is something for everyone in the auction, make sure to check it out before time runs out!
HOPES FOR THE FUTURE
This certainly isn’t the last you’ll be hearing about the Minneapolis Revitalization Festival, subscribe to Inclusivi-Tee mailing list and follow @inclusivitee on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss any updates about the next Festival and other exciting things!
DID YOU MISS THE FESTIVAL THIS YEAR?
It’s not too late to get involved! Click here to donate to the festival to support children who have been affected by police violence and other organizations. Or click here to view or bid on incredible art, the auction will be live until September 30th at 9:00 pm CDT.