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Our Mission

TruArtSpeaks cultivates literacy, leadership, and social justice through the study & application of Spoken Word and Hip Hop culture.

Our Vision

To counteract the dominant narrative by creating platforms for those rendered invisible to be heard, fostering the personal and social change required for equity.

Who We Are

TruArtSpeaks is a non-profit arts organization based out of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. We find our roots in the land of 10,000 lakes and all that it has to offer. Our work focuses on the importance of supporting, encouraging, developing, and creating spaces for youth and community voice while utilizing elements of Hip Hop and Spoken Word culture.

We believe ourselves to be more than an organization; we are a family. Raised in two cities that value social justice, literacy, the arts, and the people, TruArtSpeaks has grown with these values. Making its first appearance in the Twin Cities in 2006, TruArtSpeaks has a firm commitment to honoring and highlighting youth voice, ensuring that there is a space for young people in the conversations that will shape the future. We believe that is our responsibility to listen to and assist tomorrow’s leaders, today. In fact, TruArtSpeaks is the living dream of a former Minnesota youth, a youth that was so well supported by the community that they now get to join the cypher and give back.

TruArtSpeaks is fiscally sponsored by Arcata Press Dba Saint Paul Almanac. 


Executive Staff

Tish Jones | Founder & Executive Director | TishJones@TruArtSpeaks.org | PC: Urban Nights Photography

Tish Jones
Founder & Executive Director
TishJones@TruArtSpeaks.org  
Photo: Urban Nights Photography

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre
Programs Manager
KTranMyhre@TruArtSpeaks.org
Photo: Elliot Malcolm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Advisory Board 2016 – 2017

Duncan Slagle
Photo: Uche Iroegbu

Terrence Shambley II
Photo: Uche Iroegbu

Fatima Camara
Photo: Uche Iroegbu

 

 

 

 

 

 


Youth Advisory Board 2015 – 2016

Keno Evol | Board Chair Contact: kenoevol@truartspeaks.org

Keno Evol
Board Chair
Photo: Gawolo Irving

Isha Camara | Program Associate Contact: IshaCamara@truartspeaks.org PC: Gawolo Irving

Isha Camara
Program Associate
Photo: Gawolo Irving

Fatima Camara | Program Associate FatimaCamara@truartspeaks.org PC: Gawolo Irving

Fatima Camara
Program Associate
Photo: Gawolo Irving

Donte Collins | Outreach Associate DonteCollins@truartspeaks.org PC: Gawolo Irving

Donte Collins
Outreach Associate
Photo: Gawolo Irving

Chava Gabrielle | Research Associate ChavaGabrielle@truartspeaks.org PC: Gawolo Irving

Chava Gabrielle
Research Associate
Photo: Gawolo Irving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Organizational Information

For general inquiries: info@truartspeaks.org

Mailing Address: TruArtSpeaks, c/o Saint Paul Almanac, 275 E. 4th Street Ste. 701, Saint Paul, MN, 55101

To Support TruArtSpeaks: Please mail all donations to the address listed above. To make an electronic donation please click here. TruArtSpeaks is fiscally sponsored by Arcata Press dba The Saint Paul Almanac in St. Paul, MN. Arcata Press is legally recognized as a 501(c)3 by the IRS; they do have nonprofit tax exempt status.

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