The City of Minneapolis presents the Mexico in Minneapolis: Folk Arts Residency, now in its second year, welcoming two artists from Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The residency with David Sánchez Beltrán and Lucero Paniagua Ortuño through June 7 features workshops with Minnesota Latinx artists, youth workshops and a free public reception June 2 at the Midtown Global Market.
The residency promotes learning through cultural exchange and revives, strengthens and elevates Mexican traditional art forms in Minneapolis. In line with the City’s goals to address racial disparities, the effort mentors local Latinx artists and reconnects Mexican immigrants to their traditional and cultural knowledge. David Sánchez Beltrán will be paired with Cándida González and Claudia Valentino to exchange his expertise and skills as a painter, muralist and ceramicist. Lucero Paniagua Ortuño will be paired with Monica Vega and Ivonne Yáñez to exchange her expertise and skills on the extraction of pigments, dyes and traditional techniques of the pre-Hispanic, colonial era. The apprentices are all Minnesota-based Latinx artists.
Meet the artists
Stop by the Midtown Global Market 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, to meet the artists and hear a conversation at 6 p.m. between the visiting artists and Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez, the new director of the Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota. The event will follow Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Mexico in Minneapolis Folk Arts Residency is produced in a partnership between the City of Minneapolis’ Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy and the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota. It is presented in collaboration with the Cuernavaca-Minneapolis Sister Cities Organization and CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio).