Online gallery features 50 artists who created ‘Art In This Present Moment’

13November 2020

Projects from “Art In This Present Moment” are available to view online. The online gallery showcases the art of members of Minnesota’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities across the state.

For “Art In This Present Moment” artists worked in real time for six weeks to create art that captured and responded to what was happening in Minnesota. Fifty artists are showcased in “Art In This Present Moment” including artists from Penumbra Theatre, Brownbody and the Million Artist Movement. Projects in the showcase range from murals to original music scores.

Thomasina Petrus, Brownbody (Photo by Chris McDuffie for the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation)

As a tribute to George Floyd and victims of police brutality, classical composer and Penumbra Theatre company member Hannibal Lokumbe composed the original score “The Light and Water in Our Eyes.” The piece was created in response to the uprisings that happened in Minnesota following George Floyd’s death, Penumbra Theatre’s artistic director Sarah Bellamy said in a video discussing the project.

Brownbody has a work-in-progress to score “Tracing Sacred Steps” by Thomasina and Charles Petrus, Tiyo Siyolo and composer Alex Shaw.

To view the online gallery, learn more about the artists, and hear about their art in their own words visit

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