Global Rights for Women believes that ending gender-based violence is fundamentally tied to anti-oppression work. Women’s lived experiences are significantly impacted by their representation in an underserved or marginalized community. GRW works to highlight those experiences through sharing of personal stories and art. Join us for an evening featuring exclusive access to artists whose work speaks to violence against women and girls and the incredible work being done by local community-specific advocacy organizations in the Twin Cities.
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Global Rights for Women envisions a world where women’s human rights to equality and freedom from violence are fully realized. GRW collaborates with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights to equality and freedom from violence through legal reform and systems change.
Asian Women United will end domestic violence by promoting safe and healthy relationships within the Asian-Pacific Islander community.
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center’s mission is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity.
OASIS bridges the gap between the faith community and community systems such as courts, schools, child protection, and law enforcement, on the behalf of families in crisis. OASIS operates from the premise that all families possess strengths which can be nurtured to move them beyond crisis to restoration and then on to empowerment. OASIS programs are available to families and individuals without regard to race, age, religion, gender, or class.
Phumulani is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence and sexual abuse in communities of color throughout Minnesota and globally.
Devata Daun is Nikki Pfeifer. Recording artist and co-owner of Pytch Records. She’s become a fresh and bold curiosity in the Minneapolis electronic and indie music scenes. She’s continually adding to her list of skills including being a sought out dj in the underground party scene. You can catch her as a regular dj at Dark Energy events or throwing her own dance party called Red Light Special at Kitty Cat Klub. Tekk Nikk is Pfeifer’s most recent live PA project, using hardware to create her own technofunk, electro, breakbeat dance music.
Devata Daun’s debut release on Pytch Records is called ‘look’. It’s a subversive insight to an intellectual phenomenon currently believed to be more than just captured government transmissions, lost shortwave beacons or military Muzak. Through a series of silent meetings, c.Kostra was employed by Devata Daun to help break a variety of intriguing codes. These ‘songs’ are compilations of their findings arranged in harmony.
Minneapolis currently inhabits a legion of future breakthrough artists with credentials similar to these. Devata Daun’s talents have helped Pytch raise a flag ensuring a prolific vessel to brand relevant, lo-fi music based in the Twin Cities.
Jayanthi Kyle formed the band Black Audience to open for Jim Ruiz at PalmFest. The band initially included Kyle’s husband Robin Kyle, her brother Luke, Mike Gunther, and Doug Anderson. Gunther left the group, which was joined by bassist Jon Davis and harmonium player Matt Hardy. The group plays old gospel, country, blues, traditional Irish reels, and covers of songs by Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte.Kyle also sings for Jayanthi and the Crybabies and the indie R&B group Gospel Machine. Kyle and Gospel Machine guitarist Wes Burdine wrote the song “Hand in Hand” in for the Million Artist Movement. The song, inspired by the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, was first performed at the Million March MN rally on December 13, 2014. Kyle also performed the song at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s May Day Parade in 2015 and at Black Lives Matter events.
May Lee-Yang is a playwright, poet, prose writer, and performance artist. She has been hailed by Twin Cities Metro Magazine as “on the way to becoming one of the most powerful and colorful voices in local theater.” Her works have been presented through Mu Performing Arts, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), Intermedia Arts as well as nationally at Out North Theater (Anchorage) and the National Asian American Theater Festivals in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 2014, she launched Letters to Our Grandchildren, a theater/food/storytelling/video project with Hmong elders. She is a 2016 recipient of the Ordway Sally Award for Arts Access and a 2011 Bush Leadership Fellow. She has received additional support for her artwork from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the MRAC Next Steps Grant, the Jerome Travel Grant, the National Performance Network, the Midwestern Voices and Visions Residency Award, the Playwright Center, and the Kundiman Retreat. She also teaches creative writing and theater to teens and elders through COMPAS.
Ifrah Mansour is a Somali multimedia artist, interweaving text, movement, sound, digital media, and visual installation. She uses art to explore and expand perceptions of beauty, womanhood and East-African diaspora lives in hopes of bringing more awareness and acceptance into the world. She is a bilingual teacher who enjoys gardening and cycling. Recent works include; Private party, How to have fun in a civil war, Esug, Ethnically Trendy, God! Make Me A Boy, The Blacker The Berry, Corn for Ayayo, Global Taxi driver, and IM series, Upcoming shows include Somalia’s Balloon, how to have fun in a civil war(at the State Fair on 8/30-9/1), Started from the toes, Alma Lights, Freedom Daze, IM Series, Teachers’ Wanted, Feminist Pet, and Cider Cypher.
Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota), earned her MFA in studio arts in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a BFA in 2008 from the Institute of American Indian Arts. White Hawk is a 2017 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Mentor Artist Fellowship recipient, 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Regional Artist Fellowship recipient, 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient, 2013 McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship recipient, a 2012 SWAIA Discovery Fellowship recipient and won the 2011 Best of Classification (Painting, Drawing, Graphics and Photography) at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market. She draws from her multi-cultural background and education to create paintings and mixed media works that speak to her upbringing as a Lakota woman in an urban American landscape.
Jasmin Ziegler grew up in Minnesota. She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Between her youth and graduate school, she had many an unexpected journey. It is her goal to use her writing and accumulated experiences to build bridges, resources, and compassion for other women who suffer the stigmas associated with domestic abuse, postpartum depression, and chemical dependency. She currently teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Anoka Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids where she also serves as Advisor to the Creative Writing Club. She is a Senior Editor at Poetry City, USA. She recently was selected as one of the 2017-2018 winners of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry.