Artist Projects

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home


Sharon Bridgforth

Centered in African-American artistic and cultural traditions, dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home supports the creation of spaces that activate communal wisdom and self-determination. dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home is partnering with the South Minneapolis based Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association to provide mentorship to a cohort of five to seven Minneapolis based emerging artists of color. The cohort will receive guidance on how to navigate the lending process with their income streams, and will work closely with the City of Lakes Community Land Trust to learn about the Land Trust model as they move toward home ownership. Work will begin in May of 2018 and will include Sharon’s mentorship of the cohort. The cohort will create and share new works that arise from the visions, ideas and learnings within the cohort process, and Sharon will share an excerpt from dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Performance Installation – a collaboration between herself, her daughter Sonja Perryman, and Walter Kitundu.

Project Updates

  • Minneapolis based emerging artists of color interested in joining an immersive arts experience that illuminates a path toward home ownership in South Minneapolis can apply at: https://www.datblackmermaidmanlady.com/home-project

  • dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/The Show will have it’s world premiere at Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, June 1 – June 24, 2018

  • The Whitman Institute has awarded dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Home a 2016 grant in the amount of $10,000-in support of the project’s collaboration with a composer.

  • As a result of receiving a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award Sharon Bridgforth will be able to acquire and make home in the Bay Area – which supports the project’s ultimate goal of asserting a model for home development, connection between artists and community engagement.