Anniessa Antar

Seeding Cultural Treasures Program Manager aanat@propelnonprofits.org 612-249-6644

I am an educator, artist, and cultural organizer living on occupied Dakota and Anishinaabe land. I believe in the power of creative, playful, and collective work to address systemic inequities, all values I center while co-creating the Seeding Cultural Treasures Initiative with BIPOC arts and culture leaders. I started in nonprofits at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as Activation Specialist, where I collaborated with local artists and community partners to create engaging, connective, and exploratory events. I am invested in growing transformative practices for the sector, including self-determination for BIPOC-led organizations, worker-led nonprofits, and other structures that put wealth and decisions into the hands of workers and community, expanding well-being and transforming local economies. Education is at the center of most of my career. I have taught English language learners of all ages across the Twin Cities, as well as at l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France. Currently, I am co-teaching an undergraduate course, Art and Power, at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. I have a M.Ed. in Second Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Philosophy and Arabic from McGill University in Montréal.

Since 2016, I have been the co-coordinator of MASS Action (Museum as Site for Social Action), a collaborative project which seeks to align museums with more racially-just and liberatory practices. I also serve on the board of Listen Up! Youth Radio, a youth-led media justice and storytelling collective. When not dreaming and scheming about more just and caring futures, I am an emerging weaver and mushroom forager, I love singing karaoke, solving escape rooms with friends and family, and hanging out with my two cats, Bert&Ernie and Chicken Noodle.

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