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Faculty Biennial Forum: Aki Shibata

lunch and us
Wednesday, September 30
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12:00-12:45 p.m.

Participatory Event and Discussion: lunch and us
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Aki Shibata on lunch and us:

I am a behavioral artist who has been making projects about food and our relationships to it. Please join me at this Forum event with something you want to eat. We are going to share this virtual world together by eating, talking, and breathing together.

More about Shibata:

Aki Shibata is an artist, educator, facilitator, and community organizer from Tokyo, Japan, now based in Minnesota. She received her BFA in photography in 2008 and a MA in teaching and instruction in 2017. In her artistic work she develops intersections for people in public spaces to discover their authentic selves and to nurture compassion for all. Her work is about finding a sense of belonging and finding ways to let people meet their inner peace.

Her artistic practice involves the examination of body and mind in public and gallery spaces through exploring the behavior of human interaction and notions of performance. She currently teaches visual art and participatory art in schools throughout the Twin Cities and facilitates Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access in Leadership (IDEAL) training with the Science Museum of Minnesota. In 2017 she founded the Primary School of Behavioral Art, where people come together to learn from each other and to work together to bring liberation for all through art. Her artistic awards include grants from the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, a Creative City Challenge grant, a Groundwork BIPOC public art fellowship, and many others.

Shibata has worked as an arts instructor and guest lecturer for over twelve years, at institutions such as The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, The Perpich Center for Arts Education, The University of Minnesota, Macalester College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Metro State University, Joshibi College of Art and Design in Tokyo, Japan, and Bangkok university in Thailand.

Image courtesy of the artist.