We are excited to announce the theme of our next exhibition for 2023:
Voices of the Unheard.
I Am Not You. You Are Not Me.
Healing Begins with Acceptance
A rememory exhibit at Methodist Hospital.
January 6 — March 3, 2023
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was lynched by the Minneapolis Police Department at the corner of 38th & Chicago. In response to this atrocity, people from all over Minneapolis and the world came together to offer creative expressions of pain and hope as protest and public grief. Offerings were given to this space at 38th & Chicago to remember the names of many who died unjustly before and after George Floyd took his last breath. People from near and far continue to visit the memorial and to lay offerings in remembrance and continued protest, often leaving flowers, protest signs, letters, pictures, artworks, rocks and other tokens. Every offering represents someone’s pain, protest, wish, hope and prayer. Every offering is treated with dignity. No offering is thrown away. In an effort to care for each person’s offering, community members, known as Caretakers, tend to the memorial and continue to work to preserve our collective story of protest.
The offerings in this rememory experience are organized with the understanding that the memorial, while birthed through the pain and grief of racial injustice, offers the possibility of healing. Designed with the hospital in mind, this exhibit invites patients, visitors, and employees to pause and embrace the mystery of how one person’s tragedy has the power to unlock healing. “I Am Not You. You Are Not Me. Healing Begins with Acceptance” contains themes of love, music, poetry, gardens, words that inspire, solidarity, the names of stolen lives, and selections uplifted by this community.
Instead of rushing past potential moments of healing, we invite you to reserve time to be with the beauty that emerged from the complicated. So come, sit, stand, walk, wheel, roll, read, observe, ponder, admire, cry, smile, stare, or just breathe as we experience this truth: “I Am Not You. You Are Not Me. Healing Begins with Acceptance."
Download a pdf of the reflection brochure.
The exhibit is made possible by the partnership of the George Floyd Global Memorial and Park Nicollet Foundation.
The George Floyd Global Memorial exists to conserve stories of resistance to racial injustice and to curate spaces for all people to grieve, pay respect, and be a voice for justice.
Feels the Most
An exhibit of offerings assembled by
Elijah Abdullah, Lilliana Smith and Zaynah Williams
Cultural Heritage Preservation Interns, Summer 2022
Extended dates: August 19 - September 28, 2022
Opening: August 20, 1-6pm (in conjunction with Inside Out)
Art in Commons Studio @ Pillsbury House + Theater
3501 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
"Feels The Most" is the culminating project of the Cultural Heritage Preservation Internship Program with George Floyd Global Memorial. This exhibit shares a small selection of offerings originally laid at the memorial of George Floyd and preserved by community members who are Caretakers. While the creators may be unknown, these offerings speak powerfully to each person who views them.
Over the course of the summer, the interns—Elijah Abdullah, Lilliana Smith, and Zaynah Williams—have worked closely with hundreds of offerings, learning to inventory, describe, clean, house, preserve and display them. For this exhibit, they thoughtfully made their selections based on the gravity, connection, story, visual and emotional impact each offering had for them. Within the studio and surrounded by the offerings, each intern shares a written statement about this experience and the offerings they’ve chosen to exhibit. Join us in celebrating their work and learning, and be inspired to continue the pursuit of justice.