Mankwe Ndosi

Creative CityMaking Artist
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Mankwe Ndosi was born and raised in the Twin Cities by Tanzanian and Black St. Louisian parents. Mankwe is a celebrated sound artist with 20 years experience and practice spanning genres, disciplines and influences from Jazz/African legacies to theatre/public art. As a performer/composer she uses texture, utterance and harmony to make music with artists, living beings human, animal and elemental. Ms. Ndosi's work in community includes board membership, program development, teaching, and arts administration.She led an artist team working with Minneapolis City housing inspectors to listen better to renters vulnerable to exploitation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Creative CityMaking: Housing Inspectors on Hearing Tenant Voices

Since 2013 the Creative CityMaking (CCM) program has partnered staff in city of Minneapolis departments with experienced community artists to advance the city’s goal of eliminating economic and racial disparities. The ‘One Minneapolis’ goal focuses on ensuring that all residents can participate and prosper. These collaborations between city staff and artists support strategies that use arts resources and practices to design and test new interfaces between city systems and the community and new approaches for community engaged policy making, planning and practices. The program intentionally cultivates intersections where city staff and artists can address issues of disparity. Hearing Tenant Voices is a CCM project developed collaboratively with the city’s Regulatory Services division, artists Mankwe Nsdosi, Reggie Prim and Fen Jefferies. They worked collaboratively with housing inspections staff and community members to listen better to renters vulnerable to exploitation and engaged inspectors to develop a method for collaborative and creative code enforcement. This innovative, systems change program and project model will be explored through an interactive workshop where participants will get the opportunity to hear from project participants, move around, model and play with artists to learn more about how creative practices and tools can help us better understand systemic problems and co-create equitable solutions.

Speakers: Gülgün Kayim, Mankwe Ndosi, Amelia Brown, Keliie Jones