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Conversations of Transformation

LSA! Conversations of Transformation is a dialogue series exploring topics of community development and gentrification. Conversation is guided the pedagogy of popular education in which everyone has something to learn and teach.

“It was rejuvenating to step into a circle of local artists of color and take the time to intentionally explore our curiosities and hopes for community development. We investigated the many definitions of community development and the ways in which our identities, voices, and art continuously shape and shift our surrounding landscape. I was grateful for the opportunity to meditate with other artist activists on our questions and wonderings, without fear or pressure to find the answers. Conversations of Transformation reminded me that creativity and collectivity give birth to change.”  – Julia Gay

Past Conversations of Transformation:


Artists and the City of Minneapolis

February 1, 2017 

Pangea World Theater's Lake Street Arts! hosted another community learning gathering to the Twin Cities and invites questions that artists may have about working with city governments generally and specifically to Minneapolis, MN. Each participant got to share one question each and receive group response. Participants left with a deeper sense of relationship to the topic and leads on next steps. 

Exploring Housing in our Neighborhood:

September 21, 2016 

In the Corcoran neighborhood, many residents enjoy a safe, decent, stable, and affordable place to live. But many other residents suffer from mold, infestations, broken heat or plumbing, unsecure buildings, abuse or discrimination from their landlord, or other problems. In collaboration with the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Pangea's LSA! initiative hosted this dialogue exploring the question: What needs to change so that all residents in our neighborhood and in our city have a safe, decent, stable, and affordable place to live?

Defining Community:

January, 2016 

A dialogue among local artists of color to co-define community development, ground in potential, creative strategies for growth, and embody a conversation around gentrification through art and culture. 

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