Never Stop Creating
This fund is to ensure a bright future for his family, to cover his expenses and be sure that Kirk's family has what they need in this time of grief and growth.
Stand in the greatness he called out in you. Honor his brilliance. Lift up his name and support his family, now and forever. It would take years to detail all that he has worked so hard for, surely his legacy is in our freedom and the truth that so many would hide. It is in his poetry, his teaching, his installations, his word, his heart, his voice, and every person he has invested in on a daily basis.
Kirk Washington Jr, is a multi-disciplinary artist from the North Side of Minneapolis. He is a 5th generation Black Minnesotan.
He has worked over the last 25 years, in many different mediums and capacities: education, literature, theater, video, music, design, cultural theory, critique, photography, digital, sculpture, paint, bookmaking and community development.
He has toured nationally and internationally with all-black male experimental theater company (The Hittite Empire-Los Angles) as a performance artist/playwright/poet/educator.
He also spent several years in the United Kingdom, working with National Black Arts Alliance (Manchester-London-Liverpool) as an educator/poet/artist-in-residence/theater artist.
He was working to create spaces that combine community art, cultural value, civic engagement, proximity and scale. He designed and was working on a series of quarterly art festivals in Harrison Neighborhood Association, over on the Northside of Minneapolis. He was also commissioned to produce a site specific piece, as a CreativeCityMaking Artist, working with The City of Minneapolis (Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy & IT Department) and Intermedia Arts Minnesota. He just released a series of chapbooks ("The Poverty of Language....The Violence of Poverty") and is presently shopping his one-man piece, 'Black Genius' and also collaborating with "Jazz" musicians in the Twin Cities.