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BE THE INTERRUPTION
BE THE INTERRUPTION

Involvd

 

A NEW WEB SERIES FROM VNATION!

Some of the people making the biggest impact in our world are those making outsized contributions in their own communities. Our own neighbors are shining a light of positivity, connection and change to build a more just and engaged society.

 

INVOLVD tells their stories.

 

Season 2

Episode 6

Mary Kay Ziniewicz is the founder of Bus Stop Mamas, a digital marketplace that introduces businesses to parents seeking flexible work. Mary Kay was inspired to create Bus Stop Mamas when her husband was transitioning back to work after being a stay-at-home dad. She saw the skills that he and other parents re-entering the workforce had to offer, and the challenges that parents with gaps in their resumes face using traditional job-hunting methods. Bus Stop Mamas was created to provide a space that can directly connect skilled workers with the employers that need them, and is designed to support family, businesses, and community.

Learn more about Bus Stop Mamas:
https://www.busstopmamas.com/

Season 2

Episode 5

Shaun Mathias is the owner of Laker Honey, a local beekeeping company with a focus on healthy living, family, creating long standing friendships, loving life, and being a part of growing the Minnesota ecosystem. He and his wife Claire took over the company from his father and have been working to advocate for pollinators and the benefits of local honey for the community ever since!

Learn more about Laker Honey:
https://www.lakerhoney.com/

Season 2

Episode 4

Tri Vo is a self-described “Jungle Punk”. He/She/They hope to use the punk ethos to make a difference through various forms of art, including puppetry, podcasting, IMPROV, and music. Tri hopes to see other BIPOC artists get comfortable outside of their mediums and challenge their own beliefs of what they are capable of the same way that she has while pursuing puppetry this summer with Open Eye Theatre.

Listen to Tri’s Podcast, GLAMMUMP:
https://open.spotify.com/show/5rY4XP5SMIUhKIuZwHIqFh
Learn more about Open Eye Theater:
http://www.openeyetheatre.org/
Learn more about Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop: https://www.monkeybear.org/about.html
Learn more about Huge IMPROV Theater: https://www.hugetheater.com/

Season 2

Episode 3

Pat and Marti are puppy raisers for Can Do Canines, an organization that provides trained assistance dogs to clients with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, diabetes, and children with autism. Pat and Marti began their journey with Can Do Canines in 2020 raising an 8-week-old Labrador named Logan and have been preparing him for life as an assistance dog.

Learn more about Can Do Canines:

https://candocanines.org/

Season 2

Episode 2

New City School is a tuition-free Kindergarten to 8th grade public charter school which aims to engage students to build knowledge, ask meaningful questions, design creative solutions, and become skilled, responsive citizens in the world. With a community focused mindset, New City strives to grow citizen competencies, including critical thinking, empathy, and voice.:

Learn more about New City:

https://newcitycharterschool.org/

Season 2

Episode 1

Vikas Narula is an entrepreneur and tree enthusiast. He began Neighborhood Forest, a social organization that gives trees to children every Earth Day in 2010. Learn more about Vikas and how the Neighborhood Forest project has grown to over 400 schools, libraries, and youth groups across America and Canada. Vikas hopes that the project will continue to grow and that they will provide every child in America, and eventually the world with a tree that they can grow up with.
Connect with Vikas: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vnarula/
Learn more about Neighborhood Forest: https://www.neighborhoodforest.org/

Episode 4

Cool Meets Cause breaks down cost barriers that prevent underprivileged youth in the Twin Cities from trying snowboarding. Providing gear, instructors, time and space to the youth of North Minneapolis, Cool Meets Cause hopes participants get to enjoy not only the sport, but the long-term positive impact of the connections and skills they gain while in the program.

Follow the music that inspires the subjects of INVOLVD on Just Added Music. Playlist curated by Cool Meets Cause.

Episode 3

Xee Reiter is a visual artist specializing in watercolor and pen and ink illustration. As a first-generation Hmong American, cultural influences are found throughout her works. Finding her voice and her place in the world through artistic expression has led her to creating mural art, book illustrations, and TV graphics. Hear how her art, culture, and identity have become one.

Follow the music that inspires the subjects of INVOLVD on Just Added Music. Playlist curated by Xee Reiter.

Episode 2

Witt Siasoco is a community-based artist, activist and educator. His involvement in art and skateboarding has allowed him a unique chance to merge the two and become a key member of the team at City of Skate. Hear how art, skateboarding, and his community involvement are changing the Minneapolis skate scene.

Follow the music that inspires the subjects of INVOLVD on Just Added Music. Playlist curated by Witt Siasoco.

Episode 1

Chris Axelson is an art director, veteran of the Air National Guard, bike enthusiast and father. His life experiences led him to a unique lens during his involvement in the Minneapolis protests following the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020. Shortly after his participation in the protests, Axelson returned home and designed a take on the 1778 Gadsden Flag which went viral and included the words “Don’t Kneel On Me”.

Follow the music that inspires the subjects of INVOLVD on Just Added Music. Playlist curated by Chris Axelson.