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"I Couldn't Live at Home" exhibit examines community responses

"I Couldn't Live at Home" exhibit and performances at Minneapolis Central Library examines community responses to children in need
The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the Minneapolis Public Library announce a collaborative exhibit and performance series titled "I Couldn't Live at Home," opening October 6 at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis.

"I Couldn't Live at Home" exhibit and performances at Minneapolis Central Library examines community responses to children in need

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest and the Minneapolis Public Library announce a collaborative exhibit and performance series titled "I Couldn't Live at Home," opening October 6 at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, downtown Minneapolis.

An initiative of the Sheltering Home Chronicles, this multi-media interactive program presents images and voices of Minnesota's young people "who can not live at home" in historical, artistic and present day contexts.

The Sheltering Home Chronicles takes a North Minneapolis location - the former Jewish Sheltering Home for Children and current day Avenues for Homeless Youth - and creates art inspired by a century of stories belonging to young residents, their families, caregivers and communities. Noted photographer Wing Young Huie and the Minnesota Spoken Word Association (MNSWA) facilitated the project's photography and written and oral storytelling components.

The exhibit will run October 6 through December 31 at the Minneapolis Central Library's Cargill Hall, Tuesday through Saturday during library hours. The show includes visual and narrative art by former Jewish Sheltering Home residents, homeless young artists from Juxtapositions Arts, Kulture Klub, the Center for Hmong Art and Talent, the Garage, First Nations Orphans Association and South St. Paul High School.

The "I Couldn't Live at Home" Performance Series will feature four performances curated by Shá Cage (poet, community organizer and co-founder of MN Spoken Word Assoc., Mama Mosaic Theater and Trú Rúts/Speakeasy Records) and Michelle Kinney (composer, musician and co-founder of Sugarfoot Music). Artists will present personal statements about away-from-home childhoods through dance, spoken word, music, theater and film. All performances will be held at Minneapolis Central Library's Pohlad Hall.

"I Couldn't Live at Home" exhibit opening performance, Saturday, October 6, 3:00 -5:00 p.m., includes performances by Bobby Wilson (Native spoken word artist), F.I.R.E. (Young Hmong Artist Collective), MaMa mOsAiC Theater For Women, African Drum and Dance, Native Youth Drumming Circle, Dark n Lovely (Featuring Queen Drea, Shá Cage & Jayanthi), MN Spoken Word Association's "Youth Liberation Poets" in collaboration with Testimonies from Survivors of the Streets.

Three additional performances featuring an array of Minnesota talent will be held Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Sheltering Home Chronicles has received assistance from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, and from the Willis C. Helm Family Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation. Contact Kate Searls at
612-239-1079 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

About the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
For more than twenty years, JHSUM has been gathering and presenting the stories of the Jewish people of the Upper Midwest. The Society encourages individuals to donate personal stories, documents, photographs and artifacts to its collections. JHSUM collections are housed in the Eloise and Elliot Kaplan Family Jewish History Center on the Barry Family Campus in Minneapolis and the Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives in the Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. JHSUM is a partner agency of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the United Jewish Fund and Council of St. Paul.

 

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