Celebrate the groundbreaking achievement of Minneapolis’ first Somali-American elected official with vibrant ‘Common Currents’ art installation at Samatar Crossing

Minneapolis is preparing to reveal “Common Currents,” a fresh public art piece that pays tribute to the legacy of the late Hussein Samatar, well-known for uniting cultures in the city’s lively community. Scheduled for May 28, “Samatar Crossing” will pay homage to the initial Somali-American to hold public office in Minneapolis. The art display will honor the diverse paths of the local populace. The installation consists of two sculptures on opposite ends of the bridge, showcasing vibrant steel panels adorned with poetry from local artists.

The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on the east side of Samatar Crossing and promise to be a memorable experience for all participants. This interactive event will encourage guests to stroll or roll alongside artists and poets in a procession meant to not just reveal but truly celebrate this new Minneapolis landmark. “Listen to readings by the project poets along the route,” recommends the City of Minneapolis, setting the stage for what is expected to be a rich sensory encounter.

Works by artists Ifrah Mansour, Aaron Marx, and Randy Walker take center stage, while poets Sun Yung Shin, Sharon M. Day, ShaVunda Brown, Aegor, Ahmed Said Salah, Sixco, and Mohamed Shariff infuse the pieces with their words. Their poetry emphasizes common experiences and the enduring community spirit that characterized Samatar’s influence.

Both the artwork and the event aim to mirror and foster the values that Samatar embodied during his lifetime. The community is poised to come together not just to witness but to actively engage in the cultural blend that “Common Currents” embodies. The evening will conclude with refreshments and music on the east side, capping off an event designed to subtly showcase the lasting impact Samatar had on Minneapolis.

For more information on the celebration and the crucial role of public art in cultivating community in Minneapolis, locals and art enthusiasts can visit the official event page on the City of Minneapolis website.

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