As Paul Lai, Ramsey County librarian and lead on this book project states, This Was 2020 “…highlights the voices of people in Minnesota as they remember a difficult year.” And those voices come from across the state, most from the metro, but also from greater Minnesota. The writing, Lai notes, offers glimpses into our communities.
Judges for the award also sing the book’s praises, calling it “a beautiful anthology that memorialized a very difficult year in Minnesota.”
That assessment fits as writers penned pieces related to the pandemic and to social justice issues re-ignited by the murder of George Floyd with ensuing protests. I encourage you to read this book for the thought-provoking, and often emotional, content. (Click here to read an earlier review I posted on This Was 2020.)
“This book is one small way to help us all grieve, protest, imagine, co-create and empathize so that we build stronger connections rather than more walls between each other,” Lai says in a reflective video. I appreciate that comment, that encouraging insight. (To hear Lai’s comments, forward to around 10 minutes into the video.)
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October 2021- April 2022
5211 N. Clark St Chicago IL 773.728.8111
There is an opening and limited in person galley hours available. In addition, the exhibition and a video (artist discussion) will be available on line! With concerns due to Covid/Delta growing the online option is a wonderful way to see the work!
March 2020 – July 2021
Drawing people getting vaccinated has been hard. Too many are still waiting while working as essential workers. There just isn’t enough vaccine.