Duluth Sister Cities International board member Dr. Tom Morgan was recently published in the Duluth News Tribune Opinion section after submitting a piece relating to the current delegation visit to Petrozavodsk, Russia. Dr. Morgan, in addition to other members of the board, is visiting Russia with hopes to reinvigorate the sister city relationship that is being tested by current geopolitical tensions.
The delegation travels with a letter signed by current Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, as well as past mayors Don Ness, Herb Bergson, Gary Doty and John Fedo, who have all served during our span as sister cities with Petrozavodsk. The letter, Dr. Morgan writes, “celebrates the achievements that we have made over the past 30 years and that calls for continued people-to- people exchanges”.
The official visit to Petrozavodsk follows the successful exhibition of artist Anne Labovitz’s project 122 Conversations at the Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall this month. Labovitz’s project features art inspired by each of Duluth’s sister cities and allows for interactive displays that will then travel with the exhibit to the subsequent cities it visits.
You can read Dr. Morgan’s piece here.
Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Minnesota Duluth University for Seniors, a delegation from our Canadian Sister City, Thunder Bay, will be coming to town tomorrow June 6th to visit and practice Tai Chi in two of Duluth’s great parks!
From 1:30pm to 2:30pm tomorrow there will be Tai Chi in Duluth’s Lake Place Park* and a second opportunity to engage will be available on Wednesday, June 7th at the same time at Leif Erickson Park*! Both sessions will be led by Thunder Bay’s own Master Peng, Vice President of the Thunder Bay Martial Arts Council and Chairman of the Canadian Organization of Traditional Taiji Quan Associations.
We hope you’ll join us!
* In the event of unfavorable weather, Tai Chi will move to the First Lutheran Church of Duluth.
Artist Anne Labovitz in front of her work
122 Conversations workshop in Vaxjo, Sweden
122 Conversations interactive exhibit "The Choice" as show in Vaxjo, Sweden
122 Conversations in Vaxjo, Sweden
The suitcase full of art, packed up and ready to travel
DSCI is excited to announce the opening of Anne Labovitz’s project 122 Conversations in Petrozavodsk, Russia at the Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall! The exhibit will run until mid-June of this year and will feature the works inspired by conversations with citizens from each of Duluth’s Sister Cities (shown in the slideshow above) in addition to multiple interactive art projects that allow for anyone visiting the exhibit to add their mark.
The exhibit has already traveled to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (September-October 2015); Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan (January-February 2017); and Växjö, Sweden (March 2017) before making it’s way to Petrozavodsk.
122 Conversations is slated to visit the last Sister City, Ohara Isumi-City, Japan in January of next year before returning to the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN in the fall of 2018.
Check out the Russian social media feed of the exhibit in real time!
SEND-OFF PARTY AND DANCE FOR Duluth SISTER CITY
Delegation to Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan
And fundraiser for the library project in kobane, rojava, syria
WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
WHERE: UCC PEACE CHURCH HALL
1111 N. 11TH AVE E.
DULUTH, MN 55805
CONTACT : MICHELE NAAR-OBED
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20. (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Please join us as we celebrate through dance and music the next sister city delegation to Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan. The 6 member delegation will be visiting the Raparin Unviversity, Rania high schools, the Rania Youth Center, the Rayal Center as well as other places in and around Rania. The group will also bring Anne Labovitz’s “122 Conversations” artwork for its display in Rania. The delegation leaves for Rania in January.
The proceeds from this dance will go towards the library project in Kobane, Syria. In 2015, Kurdish soldiers liberated the Kurdish city of Kobane from ISIS control. Refugees from Kobane, some of whom were living in Rania, returned home. 70% of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed. An appeal was put out to help them rebuild so they can remain in their home. The city has remained under Kurdish control for close to 2 years. Over this past year, many Duluth citizens have contributed towards the building
Dances will be led by our friends from the Kurdish Community of America, Moorhead MN and Terence Smith and band from Duluth MN. No experience is necessary. It is fun and easy, family friendly, and made for all ages.
The excerpt below is from Anne Labovitz’s newsletter this month. She is moving forward with 122 Conversations and dates have been set for most of our sister cities. This is exciting news!
“Plans for 122 Conversations continue! Opening dates have been set for the next three locations: Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, Växjö, Sweden and Petrozavodsk, Russia (see below). Due to shipping and customs concerns, the exhibition has undergone some very exciting changes. The central pieces are now created using Tyvek (yes, Tyvek!) as it is very light weight and can be transported easily (see large picture above). Discovering new materials, experimenting with them and creating art is a process that thrills and invigorates me. Utilizing this process for 122 Conversations is not only exciting but vital to the success of this unique and treasured project.”
- Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, September 10 – October 19, 2015,
- Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan – January 2017
- Växjö, Sweden March 4 – April 2, 2017 at Växjö Konsthall (Municipal Art Gallery)
- Petrozavodsk, Russia – May 25 – June 17, 2017 at Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall
- Ohara Isumi-City, Japan, 2018 (tentative)
- Duluth, MN – May 2018 at the Tweed Museum of Art