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2019
Bush Fellowship

Golden Valley, MN — Rose McGee knows that food connects. As the creator of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie™ Approach, she has taken pies to Ferguson, Charleston and Pittsburgh following devastating incidents of racial and religious violence.

2018
Bush Fellowship

Saint Paul, MN — Rhiana Yazzie uses storytelling to create original work that reveals the complex, beautiful reality of Native Americans. She wants to help Native people reclaim their narrative and to change the way they view themselves.

2017
Bush Fellowship

Minneapolis, MN — D.A. Bullock is a community organizer who uses art to supplant narratives of hopelessness with ones that promote and inspire collective understanding.

2017
Bush Fellowship

Minneapolis, MN — Dara Beevas believes that books can save lives, open doors and build bridges, especially in communities of color.

2017
Bush Fellowship

Rapid City, SD — Tyler Read employs art as his tool to improve his community. He believes that art can help young people form their identity and be more engaged in the world around them.

2016
Bush Fellowship

Minneapolis, MN — In 1992, Abdi Roble found a manual camera at a flea market. Captivated, he began taking photography courses at a community college and documenting the Somali immigrant and refugee experience.

2016
Bush Fellowship

Red Lake, MN — The drum, the heartbeat of Native nations, restored Floyd Jourdain as a young man 30 years ago when he sought sobriety. It carried him through his 10 years as tribal chair of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa.

2016
Bush Fellowship

Vadnais Heights, MN — When Mukhtar Ibrahim emigrated from East Africa to the U.S. in 2005, he spoke little English. Today, as a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio, he is the first Somali-American journalist in the state to work at a major news outlet.

2016
Bush Fellowship

Saint Paul, MN — As a teen, Tou SaiKo Lee wandered down a troubled path before creative writing saved his life.

2016
Bush Fellowship

Rochester, MN — Yuko Taniguchi was inspired by how fisherwomen in her native Japan used art to heal from the devastating grief and trauma of a tsunami.

2015
Bush Fellowship

Madison, SD — As a college student, Chris Francis learned personally the power of one effective teacher to inspire a student as both an artist and community member.

2015
Bush Fellowship

Saint Paul, MN — As co-artistic director of Penumbra Theatre Company, Sarah Bellamy imagines a future where Penumbra is not only the nation’s leading African American theater troupe but also a beacon for reigniting a shared civic passion and responsibility for