Mike Hoyt

Mike Hoyt
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota Cohort Start Year: 2017 Project Topic: Behavioral and Mental Health Populations Served: At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families
Creative Community Liaison
Pillsbury House + Theatre

My work resides at the intersection of creativity and community development. I believe the arts and community-embedded artists have a meaningful role in sparking cross-sector movements and audacious forms of asset creation that benefit everyone, all the while preserving cultural diversity and heritage, and evoking and honoring our disremembered histories.

The MN Artist Coalition is an artist-led coalition of BIPOC and nonbinary artists and culture bearers across Minnesota to dismantle the structural inequities within the arts sector and to radically reimagine how black, indigenous, POC, and nonbinary artists and respective communities can thrive in solidarity and build collective power. We are a core of 30+ individuals (300+ additional artists that have signed on) working across five work groups over the next 6–12 months. These work groups include: Funding Coalition, Radical Shifts in Philanthropy work group, Artist Union work group, Art/Climate/Healing work group, Solidarity Economics/Resource work group, and Space/Place work group.

I am an independent professional artist, nonprofit arts administrator, and teacher. I have been producing, managing, and directing arts-based community development projects and youth development programs, while making and exhibiting art professionally, for more than 23 years.

Click here to watch Mike’s Legacy Project video.