Seward Market Reclamation Mural

2011 Seward Market Community Mural

In the wake of the 2010 tragic and fatal shooting at Seward Market, “Seward Stands Together” signs are still visible in windows all around the neighborhood. Articulture secured a grant from COMPAS to facilitate a youth public art project create a mural on the side of Seward Market. There was a need to both memorialize the three Somali men who died, and to celebrate this diverse community. Our hope was to create a celebratory photography mural to bring together those directly and indirectly affected—giving community members an opportunity to heal while honoring and celebrating the increasingly diverse community in Seward.

Over the six weeks of the project, the artists and volunteers began by painting a simple design on the wall as a backdrop for the photo collages. The artists then took photos from around the Seward neighborhood and Franklin Avenue, and arranged them into several collages. The collages were then enlarged and printed onto 4×8 aluminum panels, which in turn were fixed on the wall. It was a collaborative community effort, with many artists and volunteers coming together to show support in the Seward neighborhood.

The Group:

Leading the teen artists in designing the mural are local photographers Jennifer Larson and Mohamud Mumin.

Providing programming/education support and logistics coordination are (respectively): Articulture’s Executive Director, Liz Greenbaum, and Admin Coordinator, Deb Ervin. Recent additions to the team include: TJ Besaw (Graphic Design), Lindsay Saladino (teaching intern), Sasha Zavyalova and Lucy Voller (co-leading a painting subcommittee), Sarah Frances Michaelson & Rachel Nicolay (painting subcommittee support), and Francine Kozel (food coordinator).

The mural artists include: Grace Scribner-O’Pray, Dylan Portoghese, Mary Metchnek, Cayla Roberts, Isaac Mutcherson, Adam Ahmed, Gemma Kozel, Delia Ihinger and Omar Ahmed.

Those who also contributed to the process of the mural:

Seward Pizza Luce and Shabelle’s Grocery & Restaurant, Faysal – the owner of Seward Market, Osmon, from Seward Market, Cynthia Frost from TC Daily Planet, Sisters’s Camelot, Faysal Warfa, Bethany Lutheran, Mark from Big Print, Chaltu Berento, Seward Café, Jim Welna from Welna II Hardware, Megan Sheridan, ArcStone, Network Medics, Inc, Talmud Torah School of St. Paul, Tracy’s, Network Medics Inc., Nic and Dan from Arcstone.

Project Timeline:

May 31st – The first workshop in a six week project!
June 13th – The painting group meets for the first time!
July 13th – Community painting from 5-8:30pm / Open House – please stop by!
July 16th – Community painiting from 3-7pm – come for an hour or the entire day!
July 20th – Community painting from 5-8:30pm – everyone welcome to come!
Early Aug. – Aluminum panels with photography colllage installed on Seward Market
August 28th – Community Unveiling Event! 3-5pm at Seward Market

Workshop #1 : Mon. 6/13, 5-7pm
Workshop #2 : Mon. 6/20, 5-7pm
Workshop #3 : Mon. 6/27, 5-7pm
Painting over three days between July 6th and the 24th (3-5 hours at a time)