Founded in 1999 by Shirlee Stone as “Mitakuye Oyasin” (Dakota phrase for all my relations), All My Relations Arts has grown into a nationally-recognized gallery, gathering place, and community resource for the American Indian community.
An initiative of the Native American Community Development Institute, All My Relations Arts is located in the in the heart of the American Indian Cultural Corridor along Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Despite challenges with their initial gallery space that resulted in a new home, All My Relations Arts is thriving, thanks to an enduring commitment to their community, increased capacity to tell their story, and financial and leadership support from ArtsLab during their transition.
“We want to create a big ripple, a big voice that shows the quality and diversity of work in the Midwest. We want the ‘wow’ factor.”
—Dyani White Hawk Polk
This case study was part of ArtsLab’s 2014 review of participant organizations, written by consultant and writer Sarah Lutman of Lutman & Associates with research conducted by evaluator M. Christine Dwyer of RMC Research. The full report identifies and describes the common capacities, nurtured through programs like ArtsLab, that can lead to successful, significant change within arts organizations.