Markings: High Art, Low Tech

Author Sara Sternberger

Posted June 28, 2016

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Graffiti and Street Art Display at Mia

MINNEAPOLIS (June 28, 2016) Through the generosity of an Arts Learning grant awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Free Arts Minnesota and Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art) are partnering to provide youth with a hands on street art series led by Twin Cities graffiti collective, Rogue Citizen. This eight-week summer program, “Markings: High Art, Low Tech,” will include a trip to Mia and image reproduction workshops where teens will learn about the work of local, national and international street artists. The teens will also learn hand lettering, stencil-based painting, and screen-printing techniques, and how to incorporate printed imagery into collaborative murals.

“Free Arts Minnesota is committed to supporting the youth we work with by bringing their stories to light. Because the youth we serve have experienced challenging circumstances, such as poverty, homelessness, abuse, and mental illness, this is an important opportunity for 45 teens to share their perspectives on community with a public audience through the medium of street art,” says Sara Sternberger, Free Arts Minnesota executive director.

The involvement of graffiti collective, Rogue Citizen, is particularly intriguing, as their work introduces youth to an accessible, sustainable creative practice and features curriculum from local and international artists with whom youth can identify, allowing them to connect to the larger art community.  “Utilizing Masterwork pieces from Mia such as Beauford Delany’s “Untitled”, a piece painted on the artists own raincoat from lack of money for canvas, our goal is to provide youth with the tools to think critically about art and give them the knowledge to create fine art with low cost supplies. Art can be affordably made and timelessly beautiful. It is our hope that together we can inspire a new generation to embrace their artistic talents and find joy in creation. Who knows? One of these students may have a piece in Mia in their adult life,” says Eric Mattheis, from Rogue Citizen.

The final pieces from the program will be displayed in an exhibit at Mia, and a public reception will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6-8 pm. If you have questions or would like more information, please email or call Courtney at or 612.824.2787. You can also visit our facebook event page, to stay up to date on the program updates, stories and photos!

About Free Arts Minnesota
Free Arts Minnesota works with youth in challenging circumstances to support artistic and personal development through a unique combination of mentorship and arts learning.  Visit to learn more about the organization, hear the stories and see the art from the youth, as well as learn how you can contribute or volunteer.

About Mia                                               
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses more than 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt, Poussin, and van Gogh; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Stella, and Close; as well as internationally significant collections of prints and drawings, decorative arts, Modernist design, photographs, textiles, and Asian, African, and Native American art. General admission is always free. Some special exhibitions have a nominal admission fee. Museum hours: Sunday, 11 A.M.-5 P.M.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.; Thursday 10 A.M. – 9 P.M.; Monday closed. For more information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit

About Rogue Citizen
Rogue Citizen (R/C) is a collective of five artists with backgrounds in printmaking, design, graffiti, illustration and traditional painting, founded late 2009 in Minneapolis. The crew is comprised of Blaster, Dalsen, Lizardman, Matt McGorry, and Ugaso.

Over the years they have been recognized regionally and nationally for murals, prolific live art at local shows, concept exhibitions, special events and work with youth.

R/C is a strong supporter of organized labor and has become a fixture in social justice campaigns, regional galleries, and TC hip hop. To read their full resume, click here.