'Lake Street Speaks' book honors community art in wake of George Floyd's death | KSTP.com

'Lake Street Speaks' book honors community art in wake of George Floyd's death

Ben Henry
Updated: October 02, 2021 11:15 PM
Created: October 02, 2021 10:33 PM

Following the murder of George Floyd, many used art to express their grief and to try and uplift a community reeling from his death.

A lot of that work was painted on plywood used to protect businesses and now it’s getting commemorated and preserved in a book titled "Lake Street Speaks."

'Lake Street Speaks' book honors community art in wake of George Floyd's death | 'Lake Street Speaks' book honors community art in wake of George Floyd's death |

All proceeds will be supporting nonprofits ran by people of color:

Beautifully laid out through the book, the artwork that popped up after the unrest following the death of Floyd is paired with poems from north Minneapolis poet Rashauenea Ambers-Winston.  

“It brings a lot of deep emotions for me,” Ambers-Winston said about "Lake Street Speaks."

“I feel like the art in the book influences others to make a difference and recognize the issues that are going on,” Ambers-Winston added about the social and racial injustices she said are still happening in the city. 

'Lake Street Speaks' book honors community art in wake of George Floyd's death | 'Lake Street Speaks' book honors community art in wake of George Floyd's death |

While some of the artwork remains in the community, others have been removed. The book’s creator, Susan Shields, said this will allow the art to stay alive.

“What I saw was this beautiful art museum of masterpieces that was only temporary,” Shields said. “My goal was to really preserve them in this art book.”

Ambers-Winston will recite her poems and join Shields for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at Midtown Global Market. You can also purchase the book online.


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