Cops, Crime and Clockwork

the pendulum of public safety

in pursuit of safety

how stories illuminate and obscure

Break Your Face

A poem by Saymoukda Vongsay

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Peace Guide – Elementary Schools
PeaceMaker Minnesota
VIA Hayla Drake
Assistant Director, Host Home and Collective Housing
Avenues for Youth
VIA Katherine Meerse
Senior Communications Strategist
Black Visions Collective
VIA Natalie Harris
Illuminate The Lock: Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard
Moira Villiard & Park Connection
VIA Callie Sacarelos


Pollen is a media arts organization that fosters empathy, encourages connection across difference, and inspires meaningful action through narrative storytelling.


Looking Back on Imagining Something Better
July 20, 2021

Last month we hosted an event inviting Pollenites to imagine a host of new narratives that impact so many parts of our lives — public policy, civic engagement, justice, equity, and more. If you missed it, or if you just want to revisit the poetry and conversation, check out this recap.


Reimagine Public Safety
September 14, 2021
Join us on September 14 for a conversation with advocates, artists, and organizers on the future of public safety in Minneapolis.

It’s often said that the arc of history bends toward justice — but it’s less often that we talk about who actually does the bending. The hard work of changing our collective story for the better starts with people power — movements and those who build and support them. Pollen Live brought together leaders deeply embedded in the work of bringing people together — often across lines of difference — to fight for equity, empathy, and our shared humanity.