Fuller Craft Museum is open for regular hours, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
You are invited to join us for a Craft Chat with Mindy Tsonas as she discusses her “Be Seen Project.” Join us for an exciting discussion with this community builder, activist, artist, and provocateur.
The Be Seen Project is a platform and community for BIPOC artists and makers who are using their work to center marginalized voices and create social justice dialogue and change.The creative process is inherently revolutionary. It reflects culture, invites engagement, archives history, builds relationship, and shares visions and narratives that can confront social systems in a powerful way when used as a tool for change. Our aim is to support creative individuals and organizations confronting systems of oppression through their art or craft by:
Increasing BIPOC visibility and our world view
Offering a launchpad and hub for art as activism/craftivism work
Connecting BIPOC activists in creative community
Fostering collaboration and cross pollination
Building BIPOC centered allyship and resources
We can not change what we can not see. Here’s to powerful ways of seeing and being seen.
Mindy Tsonas Cultural Bio
Along with nearly 200,000 other children, I was part of the first wave of adoptions from post-war Korea to the US at the age of 10 months old. I grew up in an all white family and neighborhood in the northeast, and though I was well cared for and loved, I found myself unaware yet deeply struggling with the trauma of my marginalized and erased identities.
In my mid 30’s, creativity became the catalyst and conduit through which I would finally begin to explore and express who I was and who I was seeking to become. Sharing my art and writing taught me about community and how to be brave with my voice (Wishstudio), about belonging and how to embody my truth (Studiofemme) where I later began using the #youarerevolutionary hashtag, and eventually allowed me to begin challenging oppressive systems and reclaim my multi-faceted, transracial identity.
Divesting myself from internalized whiteness (the constructs of oppression, not the color of people’s skin) will continue to be a lifelong journey. My Asian identity will always confront my place in the world, especially my belonging within my own white and biracial family. It also deeply challenges how I might continue to fully belong to myself. I have learned this to be the most important truth of all –- as an adopted person of color and queer woman, I must never again be willing to abandon any part of myself for another person’s benefit or comfort.
I am here today, more fully myself thank I have ver been. I will continue to use my lived experiences and my creative voice to fight for social justice and systemic change.
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