For Mankwe Ndosi, art isn't something made only in a studio or on a stage, but is integrated into the everyday. She sees art everywhere, and is always in the midst of an act of creation. Learn more about this project and join the conversation here:


Our approach to this video was collaborative improvisation, a practice that Mankwe draws from in all of her work, be it theater, dance, spoken word or vocal composition. We agreed that we'd simply spend time together and serve what sought to emerge.

Over the course of a month, Mankwe invited us to see her everyday ways; a performance at the Cedar Cultural Center, a late night meeting with her fellow Hope Community organizers, an early morning breakfast with friends - organizer Irna Landrum and poet Louis Alemayehu, a quiet moment of reflection at one of her favorite coffee shops - Pow Wow Grounds, and a meeting with her frequent musical collaborator Medium Zach. We were humbled by the ways that Mankwe opened up her process and her community to us, and tried to honor that by actively participating in these activities as much as we were able.

Throughout all of this, Mankwe sings and draws and thinks and shares. She influences and is influenced by others. After stitching together our first draft of the video, Mankwe responded with the poem that you hear in the video. When woven together, all of these threads create a rich fabric of joy, fellowship, struggle and creativity.

How is art a part of your everyday ways?

Mankwe Ndosi

Colin Kloecker
Shanai Matteson

Works Progress Studio

The McKnight Foundation

Zach Bagaason
Irna Landrum
Ashley Satorius
Mohamed Samatar
Farrington Starnes
John Francis Bueche
Kristy Clemons
Joanna Lund
Nicole Smith
Louis Alemayehu
Ed Sayers Jr.

"Divine Mother Talkin to Ya: They Be Callin Her Kali (2012-2013)" By Louis Alemayehu

Cedar Cultural Center
Pow Wow Grounds

Mankwe Ndosi

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