“We need acts of restoration, not only for polluted waters and degraded lands, but also for our relationship to the world.”
- Robin Wall Kimmerer in her book Braiding Sweetgrass
Join artists and mothers Graci Horne and Shanai Matteson for a family-friendly art-making workshop exploring kinship with plants, water, and the places we come from. We will share stories about our present and familial / historic relationships with land and water, and will ask how we can repair those relationships that have been broken or degraded, starting with the stories we tell ourselves, our families, and our communities, about our responsibility to those who sustain us.
Together, we will create "kinship flags" to help us remember these kinship stories and relationships at home and in the wider world.
This is a free art-making workshop, open to all. Children are welcome. Feel free to bring something to share - food, material for art-making, or a donation in support of community art space at Water Bar & Public Studio.
ABOUT GRACI HORNE
Hapistinna Graci Horne, better known at Graci, was born and raised in Minnesota. Her people are Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Hunkpapa Lakota/Dakota. Horne is a mixed media artist and specializes in watercolor painting. Her water colors often emphasize the sacredness of water. Horne’s passion projects encompass using art as a way to raise consciousness and engage viewers to preserve the earth. She has created environmental awareness and peace-themed art activities for all ages.
ABOUT SHANAI MATTESON
Shanai Matteson is an artist, writer, mother, and cultural organizer. She creates public art projects, documentaries, stories, and social spaces to illuminate and transform relationships. Through slow and emergent arts activism, Shanai strives to change the conditions in which we create and collaborate, shifting narrative and culture and the systems they shape. In her work as a public artist and writer, she documents the people and experiences that move her, creating artwork that honors the complex and reciprocal nature of identity, experience, place and memory.