Art Shaping Change Virtual Workshops

General Info

Heart of the Beast’s Art Shaping Change Workshops are annually recurring art classes taught by local creatives that explore social justice themes. 

The focus of Art Shaping Change 2023 is climate justice.

Three unique virtual workshops happened this January and February. These were mixed-media art sessions by Ifrah Mansour and Graci Horne. 

All workshops were free and open to the public. All participants ranging from beginners to experts of all ages were welcomed.

Watch Recorded Workshops Below to Partake!

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Virtual Classes - About

Virtual Classes

Graci Horne & Ifrah Mansour co-created this online workshop series. Through art making, you will explore what it means to be an ancestor and reflect on our collective role and impact on the climate change crisis. Watch the recorded workshops below for a chance to asynchronously make art with Graci and Ifrah.

Recorded Workshop Videos

Art Shaping Change Workshop 1 Recorded "Time Capsule"

Art Shaping Change Workshop 2 Recorded "Land Back Stamp Making"

Art Shaping Change Workshop 3 Recorded Graci Horne and Ifrah Mansour teach together!

Artist Bios

Ifrah Mansour

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Ifrah Mansour Is a Somali, refugee, Muslim, multimedia artist, and an educator based in Minnesota. Her artwork explores trauma through the eyes of children to uncover the resiliencies of blacks, Muslims, and refugees. She interweaves poetry, puppetry, films, and installations. Her critically-acclaimed works include, "How to Have Fun in a Civil War" play, “Can I touch it" installation, "Halima the puppet" installation, "I am a Refugee" poem, and "My aqal" series. She's been featured in Middle East Eye, BBC, Vice, OkayAfrica, Star Tribune, and City Pages

Graci Horne


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Hapistinna [female given name; Dakota for third born girl] Graci Horne, was born and raised in Mnisota [Minnesota]. Her bands are the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota people and Hunkpapa Lakota and Dakota people. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in painting, printmaking, puppet making, photography, film, and poetry. Horne holds a degree in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her work is defined by landscape hues and the colors of water and is often rooted in undertones of Dakota culture and social themes. Horne is an Independent Curator and works full time as a Community Artist teaching workshops to ages 5-100 years of age.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.