Give 5: Diversify the Artists and Makers You Support


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Rochester Mom is starting a brand new resource series called Give Five. The idea of Give Five is simple. We are inviting you to Give Five minutes to read through each of these posts. The series will provide you with ideas, resources, lists, and suggestions on specific topics. We acknowledge that giving five minutes is just the start…a small step in a bigger journey we can all take to become allies to our BIPOC friends, family, and neighbors.

This series is intended to be a resource for YOU and your families. Topics will vary but all will be helpful as we work towards anti-racism and expand and diversify our understanding of race and diversity. Some resources will be collaborative with Rochester Mom writers, and for others, we’ll look to YOU! We want to know what you have learned on your own journeys and what resources have helped you along the way. Our goal with this series is to be a conduit of information: pulling together resources to help one another. We are learning ourselves and it’s been a challenging yet beautiful process. Will you join us?

This month, we’ve put together a list of BIPOC artists local to the Rochester area, the greater state of Minnesota, and a few national artists as well. This list is in no way comprehensive, but just a starting point. What BIPOC artists would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments!

Rochester Artists & Makers

Amarilys Henderson (Rochester, MN)

Watercolor Artist 

Instagram: @watercolordevo

“…stems from her Christian faith, which found its rebirth with newfound motherhood.” (

Amy Krause (Rochester, MN)

Hand Lettering + Painting

Instagram: @akrausestudio

“As a transracial + transnational adoptee, connecting to my heritage is very important to me. I do this through art, cooking, connecting with fellow adoptees, learning about traditional culture and history, and teaching my children about our heritage.” (AKrauseStudio)

Brooke Burch (Rochester, MN)

Fashion + Textile 

Instagram: @brooke_burch_bb

“I create wearable art.” (

Shruti Saraswat (Rochester, MN)


Instagram: @artisticbutterfly_ & @a_tired_mom

“My photography is an extension of my personality, real, vivid and candid. I like to capture time and emotions in a static shot.” (Shruti Saraswat, 2021)

Sophia Chai (Rochester, MN)


Instagram: @sophiachainyc

“..lifting the lines drawn between photography, painting, and architecture by means of site-specific installation of her photographs.” (

Tiffany Alexandria (Rochester, MN)

Photographer + Watercolor & Multimedia Artist + Designer 

Instagram: @choochoocachew

“Through traveling, she learned the relationship between food and culture, and the importance of supporting locals.” (

Minnesota Artists & Makers

All My Relations Arts (Minneapolis, MN)

American Indian Fine Arts Exhibits

“All My Relations Arts honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations.” (

Eyenga Bokamba (Minneapolis, MN)

Abstract Painter

Instagram: @eyengabokamba

“I create luminous paintings to enhance your world.” (

Heather Friedli (St. Paul, MN)

Oil Painter 

Instagram: @Friedliarts

“Best known for her contemporary impressionist oil paintings, depicting her family heritage and the land in which she lives.” (

Jovy Rockey (Winona, MN)

Modern Art & Adornments 

Instagram: @jovy_rockey_jewelry

“Jovy creates jewelry that incorporates geometric shapes, soft curves, and occasionally kinetic elements.” (

Kaytee Crawford (St. Paul, MN)

Word Art

Instagram: @ahavacreativeco

“Word Artist from St. Paul specializing in ink, watercolor, and quotes of inspirational people of color.” (

National Artists & Makers

Ivan Lambert Samuels (New York, NY)


Instagram: @lambpots

“Hands that craft organic beauty.” (

Monica Tyran (New Orleans, LA)

Printmaking + Screen Printing

Instagram: @kindheartpress

She creates illustrations and printed goods that reflect her imagination and formative imagery connected to her upbringing and family memories.” (

Morgan Harper Nichols (Phoenix, AZ)

Artist + Poet + Musician 

Instagram: @morganharpernichols

“I see art-making as a way to connect with others, stay curious, and grow in empathy.” (

Phung Banh (Dallas, TX)

Digital Artist 

Instagram: @pb.journal

“She believes in simple and functional design, clean shapes, and the right colors.” (

Roachele Negron (Brooklyn, NY)

Hangable + Wearable Artworks

Instagram: @rayoandhoney

“Goods with positive intent…Handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY combining pop-culture, literature & a clean design aesthetic.” (

Thunder Voice Hat Co (Navajo Nation)

Sustainable Hats & Wears

Instagram: @thundervoicehatco

“Carries on the lineage of Native Fashion that emerged from a collaboration of cultures.” (

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Erica was raised in Stillwater, MN and never thought she would leave the Twin Cities area. However, this extroverted librarian was on the hunt for a new challenge. At the end of 2018, she convinced her high school sweetheart, their two-year old son Milo, and their three cats to move to Rochester. She has been having a wonderful time exploring the area and later sharing her treasured finds with loved ones. In her spare time, Erica is constantly binging audiobooks and podcasts, wrangling her toddler, working on sassy embroidery and trying out new recipes (but dreads the clean-up). She has decided her new life’s goal is to convince friends and family, one by one, to move to the charming city of Rochester. Follow Erica on Instagram @ericarossmn