Springboard for the Arts panels

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Springboard for the Arts; text by Hawona Sullivan Janzen; stencils by Seitu Jones


Springboard for the Arts panels


262 University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, USA


A series of panels on plywood at Springboard for the Arts, produced in the context of a community event.

A series of panels with text and images.

1) painted on a door, text reading "For the supreme architecture thats the one who come with the most illest ideas the one who come with he illest creation. A supreme archhecture is actually is someone who builds"

2) painted against a white background, a small row of Floyd portraits and text in purple reading "but if you ask her to embrace you she would drop everything she was doing and hold you like you have never been held before all of this would be if hope was a woman." Hawona Sullivan Janzen.

3) An image of a heart buried in the ground, from which flowers grow. Text panel reads "you ask me why i fight i ask you why i would do anything else." -hawona sullivan jenzen.

4) artistically lettered text reading "Emergencies need Arts"

5) Simple text reading "Love"

6) Simple text reading "BLM"

7) Simple text reading "Take Care of Each Other"

8) A pyramid with portraits of George Floyd and text reading "We lay down our clubs to pick up our pens We ask our friends what rhymes with George they tell us JUSTICE." words by: hawona sullivan janzen


Photographs by Sally Pemberton

Springboard for the Arts; Hawona Sullivan Janzen


Urban Art Mapping Research Project







George Perry Floyd (October 14, 1973 - May 25, 2020) was a 46-year-old Black American man who was murdered by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin after Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Floyd’s murder sparked an international movement for Black Lives Matter, the largest civil rights movement of the century. On March 12, 2021, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay $27 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Floyd's family. On June 25, 2021, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for his crimes.



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