Yield: Keeping a House pattern designing/making community workshops
Yield: Keeping a House is a permanent public art installation by Eric Anderson and Zoe Cinel, about ideas of home, belonging and accessibility. The sculpture is located in Bear Creek Park near Mayo High school in Rochester, MN. The artwork is composed of a time capsule rooftop housing golden flowers from all over the world, a gallery wall with artifacts reminiscent of domestic objects, two mural walls decorated with patterns from all over the world and one community mural wall that is currently waiting to be completed!
The external mural walls show how different cultures use similar symbols in their traditional folk art and remind us that we all belong to the same human kind. The inside mural wall is an invitation for you to participate and add your own designs to represent and include our communities in the artmaking process.
Join us for two workshops led by writer Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara in which we will share our stories of home, design new patterns and symbols to be included in the sculpture and feel more connected with our roots and community.
August 7th, 11am – 2pm – Storytelling and pattern design + tour of the sculpture | Register Online
August 14th, 11am – 2pm – Storytelling and pattern painting + tour of the sculpture | Register Online
Bear Creek Park (the workshops are held at the covered park shelter). Parking and bathroom available on site. Water, refreshments and lunch are provided. Map
The workshops are free and everyone is welcome. Participants can attend both or just one workshop. All art materials are provided.
If you’d like, bring an object (clothing, cultural items, tile) or a picture of a pattern/symbol that is dear to you and reminds you of home or your heritage. We will use these as inspirations to draw unique patterns that will go on the community wall of Yield.
Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara
Nicole “Cole” Asong Nfonoyim-Hara is a Rochester-based writer and anthropologist committed to community building and storytelling. She currently works as the Diversity Program Director in the Office for Diversity at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science. She is also the host and associate producer of R-Town, a civic and cultural affairs show about Rochester, MN on KSMQ-TV. Raised in New York City, she was born in the Dominican Republic with Cameroonian, Afro-Costa Rican, and Gujarati parentage. Her writing grapples with issues of migration, diasporas, alienation, identity, culture, and both personal and collective myth-making. She is a winner of the Loft Literary Center Mentor Series 2016-2017 in the fiction genre. She is a former Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grantee in prose and a Givens Foundation for African American Literature Fellow. As an arts writer she has written for the ‘MN Artists Presents’ series and has served as the local critic and catalog essay writer for the 2016/2017 and 2021-2022 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. Nicole holds a B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in migration studies from the Oxford University in England.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
About the sculpture
The idea of home is personal yet universal: our memories of home are intertwined with a building, a land, sometimes with people, or with something as simple as a flower’s scent.
Yield is a public connector and a joyful monument that sees home as central to our current lifestyle. In these unprecedented times our homes have become our gyms, classrooms, offices and playgrounds. They used to be places for the community to gather and now they are enclosed, solitary and safe spaces. As artists, we miss having an open home and we think about all the people who are suffering from isolation. So here is an invitation to our new public, accessible home, where everyone can relax, reflect, enjoy the beauty of the natural native flora and share seeds the way we share gifts and stories. Our hope is for people to find again a sense of safety, care and belonging within the outdoor public space.
This project was selected by Art4Trails and founded through Coronavirus Aid and Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act via the City of Rochester’s Neighborhood Arts Activation program.
The artists thank the Art4Trails jury and the amazing team of artists who make this project possible and fun:
A special thank you to Rose Anderson
About the artists
Eric Anderson is an artist and writer living in Rochester, MN. His interactive installations have been commissioned by or featured in collaboration with the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity at the University of Paris, France, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute, Mayo Clinic, the Open Source Pharma Foundation, Destination Medical Center and the Rochester Art Center. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his writing has appeared in Granta, American Letters & Commentary, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere.
Originally from Florence, Italy, Zoe Cinel is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who is currently based in the Twin Cities. Formally trained as a designer, and visual artist, Zoe’s interdisciplinary practice includes performance, public art, documentary filmmaking, printmaking, installation and new media. She has worked as video designer, performer and costume designer for large and medium scale performance productions. Her work has been screened/exhibited/performed in venues such as the Walker Art Center (MN), the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN), the Southern Theater (MN), the Gibney Dance Choreographic Center (NYC), Festival della Creatività (Italy) and more. She has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at Carleton College, in Northfield, MN. She is an Associate Curator at the Rochester Art Center, MN.