Art, and its production, has a price. Artists and arts workers gather to discuss the discrepancies in pay in the field as well as the funding and support structures that make this work possible. Moderated by Mn Artists program director Jehra Patrick.
Comments Section programs feature open and informal discussions-in-the-round to encourage debate and conversation in response to current issues, topical prompts, and community reactions. It’s an opportunity for comment threads to go live: all voices are welcome. Part of Mn Artists’ series of programs geared toward taking some of our cultural scene’s most intriguing, hot-button conversations offline and in-person.
Aaron Mader, known professionally as Lazerbeak, is a Minneapolis-based artist and producer. Aside from being a founding member of the Doomtree collective, he is also the CEO and general manager of Doomtree Records, handling the day-to-day operations, management, and inner workings of the crew and label. Over the past decade he has worked with a wide range of artists including Lizzo, Doomtree, Matt and Kim, Trampled By Turtles, Dessa, GAYNGS, P.O.S, Speedy Ortiz, Mac Lethal, Mixed Blood Majority, and The Plastic Constellations. In addition to original production and songwriting, Beak also works musically on commercials, movie trailers, TV shows, and remixes to help pay the bills.
Edie Overturf moved to Minneapolis in 2010 to take part in the thriving arts community of the Twin Cities. Since 2010 she has been working with LegUp Studio, a cooperative print shop she cofounded in NE Minneapolis. She also teaches at the University of Minnesota in the drawing, painting and printmaking area of the Department of Art. Overturf’s practice is rooted in traditional printmaking and narrative through which she questions the act of storytelling and its effect on respective cultures. She received her BFA from Southern Illinois University, and her MFA from California State University, Chico.
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is an award-winning Lao American poet, playwright, and cultural producer. She brings years of experience working in the nonprofit sector within the Asian American community. Her art-making and community work has been possible due to funding from organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN State Arts Board, and the Joyce Foundation. Her writing has been published in the Hmong Women Write Now! Anthology, Poetry City USA Vol. 4, Lao American Speculative Anthology, Lessons For Our Time, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, and the Asian American Literary Review. Her plays have been presented by Mu Performing Arts, the Unit Collective, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Lazy Hmong Woman Productions, Theater Unbound, and the Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists.
Kathryn Sieve is the founder and creative director of Winsome, a line of clothing and curated goods based in the Northeast Minneapolis. She has been pursuing clothing design since the age of 10. Since cofounding a repurposed vintage T-shirt company with a friend at age 14, Sieve has been hard at work designing. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Apparel Design, working on two independent clothing labels, and putting in a few years as a designer at Target Corporate, Sieve has found her groove with the women’s wear brand Winsome.