The University of Minnesota presents Hotbeds: Insurgent Design for Collaborative Transformation, a virtual workshop event with National Book Award-winning poet and activist Nikky Finney. Hosted by poet and Professor Douglas Kearney and artist and Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity Virajita Singh, this event welcomes an audience into a literary activism workshop with University and community members. This event is free and open to the public. Registration information and more z.umn.edu/nikkyfinney.
In this second installment of a three-part series, Finney and workshop participants will co-imagine/co-develop a project that maps collective hotbeds of joy and pain in Minnesota and the Twin Cities. This mapping, which centers community input and collaboration, drives us to ask questions about what it means to follow “desire lines” that sometimes take us off the paths of a city’s design system. The mapping will also explore the street-level intersections of our individual joys and pains and how we might locate these sites in order to transform them and ourselves via experiences emerging from the community.
"With equal commitment to truth and beauty, Nikky Finney is an 'insurgent sensualist,'" says Kearney. "Her poetry is the work of that commitment, a means to hold space and place through language. This event allows mutual guidance, between participants and Nikky, toward addressing geographies with resonant personal and public meaning."
In this workshop, Finney and participants devise the final event of the series, which will take place in spring 2022. Prior to the event, participants are invited to submit their sites of joy and pain via a digital map. This map was created in partnership with U-Spatial, part of the U of M Office of the Vice President for Research. As we consider how we can find collective hotbeds for a collaborative future, we acknowledge and connect to Professor Rebecca Krinke's 2010 public art project Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain.
This U of M Voice, Art, and Community Series event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office for Public Engagement, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), Office for Student Affairs, Office for Equity and Diversity, Institute for Advanced Study, Department of African American and African Studies (College of Liberal Arts), Department of English (College of Liberal Arts), Black Faculty and Staff Association, Women’s Center, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, University Libraries, and In Black Ink.