Who we are
Soomaal House of Art (Soomaal) is a Minnesota-based Somali art collective that provides studio space, studio critiques, artistic community, mentorships for younger Somali artists and an annual exhibition space with educational programming.
Soomaal House of Art will provide the platform for Somali visual artists who want to create and use art to shape and frame critical discourse around vexing local and global issues of our time. Moving forward, we hope the collective action of this group will lead to sustained partnerships with Minnesota institutions and, together, inspire more Minnesotans, especially Somali Minnesotans, to harness the power of art as a tool for intellectual and civic engagement.
The collective understanding amongst the artists are as follows:
1. Own the creation/presentation of all facets of their art;
2. Normalize the possibility of a career in the visual arts for Somali youth;
3. Advocate for policy work that will foster and advance Somali visual arts;
4. Create opportunities for Somali visual artists to produce and exhibit their work;
5. Offer role models for young Somali artists.
6. And hold annual art exhibitions;
Muse is Program and Outreach Coordinator for the West Bank Business Association, where she assists small and minority owned businesses access resources. Understanding the agency of art, Muse facilitated pop-art and public art installation to highlight the community’s assets and stories. In addition to working with artists, Muse is a visual artist herself and draws inspiration from buildings and physical spaces.
Mumin is a photographer, visual storyteller and curator at Soomaal House of Art. He is the current American Swedish Institute Malmberg fellow and past recipient of a 2013 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers. Mumin has exhibited his work locally and nationally.
Haider is a graphic designer, visual artist, and designer at Soomaal House of Art. He has done branding for both national and international institutions. He applies a holistic approach to design while exploring the human interaction with designed entities. In his practice, Haider takes into account the cultural implications that give meaning to design.
Soomaal House of Art is a Minnesota-based Somali art collective that provides studio space, studio critiques, artistic community, mentorship for emerging Somali artists and a final exhibition space with educational programs.
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977 5th Street East
St. Paul, MN 55106