For 48 years, we have been creating an array of multimedia, multicultural projects with people of all ages for audiences of all ages all over the world.
Our activities are divided into three parts: teaching artist residencies, photographic projects, and video production.
We teach people of all ages how to express themselves by making videos and photos. Photograph by Mike Hazard
What You Will Support
Your donations will support our work in progress. A current focus is Peace House People. It is a documentary photography project to portray a year in the life of people at a homeless shelter.
Peace House People will be an artist book and an exhibition of picture stories which document a year in the life of a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. The shows will be at Peace House, Franklin Library, and the Eastside Freedom Library, when the pandemic permits. Photograph by Mike Hazard
One video in progress is an essay on the idea of organic architecture titled The Jewel Boxes: Louis Sullivan. The documentary uses the seven small town bank buildings which Sullivan designed as variations to illumine a theme.
Sullivan's bank in Owatonna was the first of the jewel boxes. Photograph by Mike Hazard
Since 1972, we have been creating a diverse range of cultural work from live performances in theaters and parks to art exhibitions in museums, libraries, and other public spaces to television broadcasts.
We have pioneered the unusual, from videos like Rising Stars made hands-on with students at the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind to photo shows like The World Is Anywhere made with recent immigrants.
Notably, The Center has produced seven documentaries directed by Mike Hazard that have been nationally telecast on PBS. In addition, we have made 204 videos that play on social media.
The Center is a lean and meaningful micro-nonprofit with only one regular employee, Mike Hazard, and a lively board of directors. We contract with many talented individuals and collaborate with many organizations to create each special project with panache.
The pandemic has us staggering and struggling like everyone. Our main source of income has always been teaching. Work for teaching artists in schools, community centers, and senior homes does not exist at this time.
We are using our lockdown time to organize the archive, create daily picture stories for social media, edit new videos, and dream large.