Four Sisters Urban Farm has worked in collaboration with All My Relations Arts and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center to present the piece “Mind, Body, and Spirit Trifecta” by artist Graci Horne.
“Mind, Body, and Spirit Trifecta” is a piece intended to share knowledge and create an environment to receive wisdom. Wisdom comes from anyone and does not have to come from family members, much like the Dakota way of life it was not just up to one or two family members, it was our whole nation that was responsible for cultural continuity.
The project meditates on how art can bring healing, especially to an urban Native community where the city holds a traumatic history and its cement voids take up most of the land for capitalistic purposes. The space is meant to be a tool for connection to each other as community members and connection to Kunsi makah/ grandmother earth.
The project partners’ shared goals include:
- Support community safety and wellbeing
- Restore health and well-being in the Urban Indian community by recovering knowledge and access to Indigenous food, medicine, and lifeways
- Improve access and sense of welcoming to the Midtown Greenway corridor for the local community
This project includes the design, fabrication, and installation of permanent, functional landscape fixtures on the Four Sisters Farm site on Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) property along East 29th Street in East Phillips between Bloomington Avenue and 18th Avenue South in south Minneapolis.
Hapistinna Graci Horne, better known as Graci, was born and raised in Minnesota. Her bands are the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota people and the Hunkpapa Lakota/Dakota people. Horne holds a degree in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. She is a mixed-media artist with expertise in exhibition design, planning, and curation, as well as educational programming. She loves to combine both art and protecting Grandmother Earth. Horne’s passion projects encompass using art as a way to raise consciousness and engage viewers to preserve the earth. She has created environmental awareness and peace-themed art activities for all ages.