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Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

white IAA race show.PNG

the

institute
for
aesthetic advocacy

  • The IAA is a Twin Cities artist collective that

    catalyzes civic engagement
    and curates under-served community voices 

    by translating complex issues into easy-to-understand:
     

    Local, national, and international
    art exhibitions and installations
     

    Public art criticism and academic research 
     

    Educational materials for
    attorneys, teachers, citizens,
    and advocates.

    The IAA's art curation, art creation, and art criticism focuses on:
     

    Digital ethics: Race and tech; AI discrimination; disinformation
     

    Public health and Disability: Environmental illness; mental illness; EMFs; auto-immunity; autism
     

    Free Speech: Artistic freedom, cross-cultural communication, digital DEI

  • Local, National, and International Juried Exhibitions
     

    “All Bullets Shatter: Uncounted Stories of Gun Violence and Trauma”
    Minneapolis, May 2022.

    In partnership with:
    Guns Down. Love Up.; Protect Minnesota; The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives; Institute for Digital Humanity; Second Chance MN; the Urban Educators; North Suburban Center for the Arts; Ohio State; Portland State; Georgia State; Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project

    “Plugging In: Race and Surveillance
    Workshop for Advocates and Educators”

    Northeast Sculpture Garden,
    Minneapolis, October 2021.

    In partnership with
    ACLU MN; Reclaim the Block; Institute for Digital Humanity; Safety Not Surveillance Coalition

    “Digital Rights Are Civil Rights:
    Race and Technology"


    Online and in Minneapolis, February 2021. International juried exhibition.

    In partnership with
    ACLU MN; Native Youth Arts Collective; North Central University; the Institute for Digital Humanity; the POSTME Coalition; and City Councilman Steve Fletcher

    “Contaminated: COVID and Mental Health”
    Online and in Minneapolis,
    May 2022.
    International juried exhibition.

    In Partnership with
    the Institute for Digital Humanity

    and North Central University
     

    “Medical Unreliability
    and
    Sick Girl Theory”/
    “Sad Girls and Hopeful Women”


    St. Cloud Zine Fest, 2020
    Twin Cities Zine Fest, 2019.

    Cross-cultural zine exchanges

    on feminism and chronic illness


  • Publications, Grants, Conferences,
    Invited Talks

     

    “In Two Voices”
    Intima: A Journal of
    Narrative Medicine 
    2020.
    (Frameworks for Medical Communication)

     

    “The Art of EMF Science:
    Post-Digital Health Advocacy”
     
    Posthuman: New Media Art 2020.

     

    “The IAA: Curating Change.” 
    Lewis and Clark University, 2021.

     

    “Social Justice Through Artistic Expression.” 
    Tualatin Valley Creates, 2021.

  • Grant Funded, Juried, and Invited Installations (Group and Solo Shows):


    Franconia Sculpture Park
     

    (Shafer, MN; 2021)

    Ely Center for Contemporary Art 
    (New Haven, CT; 2021)

     

    934 Gallery 
    (Columbus, Ohio; 2021)

     

    Gallery 610 
    (Menomonie, WI; 2020)

     

    Tugboat Gallery 
    (Lincoln, NE; 2020)


    Saint Cloud Zine Fest
    (Saint Cloud, MN; 2020)


    Twin Cities Zine Fest
     
    (Minneapolis, MN; 2019)


    Shelter in Place Gallery
     

    (Boston, MA; 2020)


    Hallberg Center for the Arts
     
    (Wyoming, MN; 2020)


    NE Sculpture Gallery
     
    (Minneapolis, MN; 2019)


    Czong Institute for Contemporary Art
     
    (Seoul, South Korea; 2019)


    Missouri Review
     
    (Miller Audio Prize for Humor, Runner Up; 2017)


    University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
     
    (Minneapolis, MN; 2017)


    Northern Sparks Arts Festival
     
    (Minneapolis, MN; 2015)

Thank you to our partners and allies:

A personal p.s.

as an organizaton that is primarily run by --
and advocates for --
sick and marginalized populations particularly
in our home
town of minneapolis) , we appreciate th
e X, y, and z.

Thank you to our exhibitors, patrons, partners and allies:

CZONG MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

TWIN CITIES ZINE FEST

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK

ELY CENTER FOR THE ARTS,

NORTHEAST SCULPTURE GALLERY

ELY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PROJECT PROJECT

ACLU MN I ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE

RECLAIM THE BLOCK I URBAN EDUCATORS

LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY

NATIVE YOUTH ARTS CENTER

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY IPROJECT MN

SECOND CHANCE MN

GUNS DOWN, LOVE UP

INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITY

NORTH SURBURBAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY I HAMLINE UNIVERSITY

THE DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF LITERACY NARRATIVES

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