Art Meets Activism with Keynote Speaker Ricardo Levins Morales

MNxMN is excited to announce that Minnesota artist and activist Ricardo Levins Morales will be the keynote speaker for MNxMN 2019: Beyond the Vote on February 24. Art has always been a powerful agent for change, and Ricardo brings that creative spirit of activism to this year’s conference.

A self-described “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist,” Ricardo sees his art and organizing practices as ways to address individual, collective and historical trauma. He grew up in Puerto Rico during the anti-colonial movement and moved with his family to Chicago in the 1960s. From there he combined his life-long passion for racial, labor and social justice movements into art.

Ricardo is co-founder of the Northland Poster Collective and the workshop series “Restoring Power: Trauma and Resilience for Organizers.” His art has won numerous awards and is widely reprinted and utilized by grassroots movements and communities as part of their efforts to improve their lives.

As our keynote, Ricardo will kick off a day of workshops, presentations, forums and activities designed to help you participate meaningfully in your community. Be sure to visit our Exhibit Hall to get to know the grassroots and advocacy organizations from across the state that champion the causes that matter to you. And try out one of our Gathering Spaces, new this year. You can even purchase a MNxMN t-shirt or sweatshirt to wear at the conference!

Take action now! Visit our website at to see the full schedule and register for MNxMN 2019: Beyond the Vote.

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