Healing Event Planned For Saturday, April 17
With the Derek Chauvin trial nearing an end and the Twin Cities reeling from yet another killing of a Black man by a police officer, an event this weekend in the North Loop is designed to promote healing.
The ROHO Collective is bringing artists, music and counseling opportunities to the alley next to MartinPatrick3 from noon-6pm on Saturday, April 17th. A DJ will be there starting at 4.
The public will have a chance to grab a brush and add their own touches to a large mural on canvas being painted by artist Christopheraaron Deanes. Another artist, Melodee Strong, will also be creating a large community puzzle piece which will come together to form another mural.
And a network of Black therapists will be on hand to meet inside Colonial Warehouse and share information with those in need.
ROHO Collective is a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs and artists of color build their businesses. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, they also started an Art Heals movement which has led to public art displays from north Minneapolis to south Minneapolis, as well as several collection drives for youth art supplies.
With the trial underway nearby, they thought this was a good time to share the power of art through a community event. “And partnering with MartinPatrick3 was a natural fit for us,” said Cara Deanes, ROHO Collective’s owner and CEO. “We love that they continue to welcome us with open arms.”
Last summer, the store hosted a fundraiser for artists of color. “It exceeded all of our expectations,” Deanes said. “We were able to sell almost $40,000 in art and created some great partnerships.”
Several works of art by local artists of color are currently on sale inside the store through this weekend.