Pollen Live
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Minneapolis Institute of Art | 2400 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404
February 11, 2020
Intentionally integrated with Pollen’s editorial, Pollen Live brings the isolated, digital reading experience into real-life community, drenches it in multimedia goodness, and drives attendees towards deeper connection and action.
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Meet the leaders deeply embedded in the work of bringing people together — often across lines of difference — to fight for equity, empathy, and our shared humanity.
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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. In an era when officials can be more likely to follow rather than lead, the hard work of changing our collective story for the better starts with people power — movements and those who build and support them.

Across a range of issues, from criminal justice reform, to education, to immigrant rights, the effort to create systems that work for everyone has always required a critical mass of humans building awareness, fighting against opposition, and amassing public support. There’s no reason to assume that 2020, a presidential election year, will be any different. In fact, in the eyes of many movement leaders, this year might be one of the most important in recent memory for our shared journey toward a better world.

Join us on February 11 for Pollen Live to hear from leaders deeply embedded in the work of bringing people together — often across lines of difference — to fight for equity, empathy, and our shared humanity. We’ll explore what makes movements succeed, or fail. We’ll hear about communities sparking conversation, driving action, and shaping policy. And we’ll do all of that with a generous helping of Pollen’s signature storytelling, full of sound, color, and thought-provoking conversation.


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Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration + Networking

8:30 – 10:30 AM Program

10:30 AM Optional docent led tour of Mia collection



An opening dance performance by Ragamala Dance Company

Second Chances
A reading of Mark Haase’s story by Michael Kleber-Diggs

Someone Should Do Something About That
Team Dynamics Presents: BEHAVE, a podcast

Driving Toward Each Other
A reading of Ernesto Velez Bustos’s story by Alexei Moon Casselle, accompanied by Big Cats

A Moment of Precipice
A reading by Councilmember Mitra Jalali

The Movement Builders
A conversation with Mark Haase, Ernesto Velez Bustos, and St. Paul Councilmember Mitra Jalali, moderated by Jerome Rankine

You Are That Someone
Facilitated small group discussions

Life Reimagined, Dreamed, Prayed For
A poetry reading by Brittany Lynch

MASS Action
A call to action with Anniessa Antar and Elisabeth Callihan 



In the event MPS declares a school closure due to severe weather, Pollen Live will be canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10.



The main entrance to Mia is located on Third Avenue South between 24th and 25th streets. The parking ramp is just south of the museum between 25th and 26th Streets. Additional surface parking is located at the corner of 24th Street and Third Avenue South, and at the corner of 25th Street and Third Avenue South.

Surface lot at 24th Street and Third Avenue South

Enter the upper level from Third Avenue, just north of 24th Street. Enter the lower level one block east, at Clinton Avenue, just north of 24th Street. This lot is under camera surveillance and is patrolled by museum security staff. Call boxes are located on both levels at both exits. If you need assistance, or have car trouble, you can be immediately connected to Mia Security at the touch of a button.

Surface lot at 25th Street and Third Avenue South

Enter this lot from either Third Avenue or 25th Street.

Parking ramp at 25th Street and Third Avenue South

Enter all levels of this ramp from Third Avenue. For all lots, a campus escort is available by calling Security at 612.870.3003.



Bicycle racks are available at Mia’s entrance on Third Avenue, and on the first level of the 25th Street parking ramp.



Mia is located along Metro Transit route #11. A number of other bus lines run within blocks of the museum. You can use the Metro Transit Trip Planner to find the best route to Mia.



Pollen is committed to creating events that are accessible and welcoming to all. Please visit artsmia.org for more information about available services. Additional services and aids are available upon request. Mia also has a Multi-Faith Prayer + Contemplation Space on the first floor.



Featured Speakers
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    Anniessa Fatima Antar
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    Ernesto Velez Bustos
    Centro Campesino
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    Elisabeth Callihan
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    Alexei Moon Casselle
    Crescent Moon
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    Mark Haase
    Corrections Ombudsperson, State of Minnesota
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    Mitra Jalali
    Saint Paul Councilmember
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    Michael Kleber-Diggs
    Poet + Essayist
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    Brittany Lynch
    DJ, poet + entrepreneur
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    Trina Olson
    Team Dynamics
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    Ragamala Dance Company
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    Spencer Wirth-Davis
    Producer + Composer
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    Alfonso Wenker
    Team Dynamics