» Caroline Kent
How did you become an artist?
I decided to study art my junior year in college. After my first semester I knew I wanted to be an artist. I wasn’t exactly sure how that would look but I knew pursuing that career was the right path. Since then I have continued to build upon that initial desire and I know it’s the right fit for me.
What inspires you?
Meeting other artists and talking about their work is probably the most inspiring for me right now. There is a lot going on in the world at large and within creative communities. To have a conversation with an artist that distills their practice into meaningful dialogue always reaffirms that this is where I want to be.
Why is art a powerful tool for speaking out, and creating change in the world? How have you used art to do that?
Art can be critical and allow a space for people to look at the world around them through varying perspectives, and be more open to it.
Working on the D.A.R.K. cart project, which was a wooden cart that housed slide projections, gave young people a voice to share contemporary art with the North Minneapolis community. The artists presented were people that were addressing issues that I believe the community could relate to and created a means to talk about new ways of understanding long standing problems.
How has art changed you?
Art has opened up the ways in which I perceive the world. And it continues to do so.
What do you find most exciting or inspiring about Creative CityMaking? Why do you want to be a part of it?
Creative City Making is an opportunity for me to see how creativity can affect different areas where artists have not been previously associated. In this case, it’s city planning. I saw this as an opportunity to learn something new and be involved.
“Having a conversation with an artist that distills their practice into meaningful dialogue always reaffirms that this is where I want to be.”
- Caroline Kent
What do you hope to contribute through Creative CityMaking? What do you hope to receive?
I hope to be able to contribute my resources as a not only a visual artist but one that directly engages the community on a regular basis. I hope to provide a way to engage and gather information that will be useful and applicable in other areas.
Caroline Kent earned her BS from the Illinois State University and her MFA from the University of Minnesota. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania from 2000-2002. Currently she is a practicing artist residing in the Twin Cities working through various mediums of painting, sculpture and video. She is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and was a 2009 Jerome Fellow. She co-runs an artist run exhibition space called The Bindery Projects and is an art Instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, a progressive urban arts organization.