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Facing the Fire: Public Art Project
October 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - October 9, 2022 @ 9:30 pm
Longtime resident of Howe neighborhood, and accomplished visual artist Paul Herwig will present a public art project, Facing the Fire, consisting of live animated projection art and music performances along the Lake Street East corridor.
During the week of October 3-9, longtime Howe resident Paul Herwig will present “Facing the Fire”, a public art project consisting of several live music and live animated projection art performances at sites along East Lake Street in Minneapolis, one of the epicenters of civil unrest during the tumultuous days and nights following the murder of George Floyd and repeated police abuses in the community. Paul’s aim is to amplify the voices of residents of Longfellow and temporarily transform the scarred physical properties of the area into hauntingly beautiful temporary artistic installations that resonate with the experiences of that summer, and the aspirations of the community today.
Working with Paul on two important performances during the week is Queen Drea. Queen Drea creates conceptual soundscapes by applying poetic and often metaphorical language to her lyrics and compositions. She approaches a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way and her performances directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Drea is a McKnight Composers Fellow, and multi award winning musical artist.
Paul is a McKnight Artist Fellow, and co-director of the much lauded Minneapolis dance & theater company, Off-Leash Area, recipient of numerous individual artist awards, producer of unique community programs, and freelance set and projection art designer for performances and events.
The two principal performances that anchor the project are Paul and Drea performing together at October 5th – The East Lake Library, 8:30pm-9:30pm, principal community sponsor East Lake Library. October 9th – Hook & Ladder / 3rd Precinct Bldg, 8:00pm – 9:00pm, principal sponsor Hook & Ladder
WHAT: Facing the Fire public art project
WHERE: Throughout Lake Street in Minneapolis, east of Hiawatha, and west of Marshall Ave
WHEN: October 3-9, various times