This post contains the aggregated results of a Summer-long community sourced folk art project culminating in a workshop entitled ‘Folking Up the Status Quo’, while in residence at The Future Minneapolis. Afterward, the copy and images collected during the experiment were made into a self-published zine for distribution around South Minneapolis. Click to view Midwinter Folk Arts Vol 1 as a PDF document.
Folk art comes from direct experience with the landscape. Specific adaptations to local environments give rise to unique forms of creative expression, born out of necessity. The oldest known form of magic, pictographs and patterns can be used to tell our stories and appeal to natural forces for help in navigating the world. With this in mind, how can we connect our patchwork of heritage with the present state of local ecology to produce a current folk art language toward reclamation and healing?