Facing America An Exhibition of Immigrant Portraits by Joe Burns is now on display at Minnetonka United Methodist Church through the end of October 2019. This is local to the Minneapolis-St. Paul twin city area. The gallery is available during office hours and Sunday mornings in Fellowship Hall. While there for another event, I could not help but notice the beautiful exhibits by Joe Burns. On his site, you can hear the immigrant stories by clicking on their photos. There is also a video of the artist on a news program.
This is a traveling show and the author has a Twitter account that might be checked to see where the exhibition has been shown and also where it might be next. The pictures are captivating, bold, brightly colored, and captivating. I noticed the portrait of five children first. At the displays, more information is available next to each of the pictures.
Looking along the walls, more portraits are displayed of untold stories the artist has uncovered. They have been shown in the skyways in downtown Minneapolis. Many of the stories tell of people risking their lives to live in America, and some moved for family reasons. Whatever the story, it is the intent of the artist to reveal the information. He interviews everyone he paints.
You can also find Joe Burns on Instagram. This is a video on YouTube about the show. It all began with someone he already knew. Then, his inspiration grew.
The show was brought to Minnetonka United Methodist by the CORR group. CORR stands for their Commission on Religion and Race. They have sponsored many interesting events that focus on religion and race.
The church is open to all whether to view the art or visit. They do have community members stopping by to just view the art.
I hope you might be able to enjoy this show someday!
Thank you for reading, Carolyn
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Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents. Her children's books are available on Amazon. She was a public school teacher for 28 years, three of those in a desegregation school, five in schools with the Minneapolis Choice is Yours program as a Wayzata teacher. She has been trained in numerous areas such as CGI Math, the National Urban Alliance, reading strategies, writing workshop, and others listed on her about page.