6 Words Minneapolis is public art project that asked, from mid-2011 to mid-2012, Minneapolis residents of all ages, neighborhoods, and languages to tell their life stories–or something essential about who they are right now–in 6-word memoir form. Some memoirs were submitted electronically, some through the mail, and others directly onto posters placed around the city in bars, cafes, and community centers.
All 6 Words Minneapolis memoirs are displayed digitally on Flickr, where they’re tagged by neighborhood and age of memoirist by decade (youngest participant? 4 years old. Oldest? 99 years old). Selections were displayed on portable murals around the city in late 2011 and early-mid 2012 (at Midtown Global Market, the Shoebox Gallery, and in the first round of Artists in Storefronts). If you’d be interested in hosting an exhibit at your location (whether it’s a gallery, library, community center, karaoke bar, dentist’s office, school, etc), please contact Emily Lloyd at email@example.com
To get a quick idea of the cumulative power of the memoirs submitted to 6 Words Minneapolis, please check out these 1-minute video compilations of selections from the project.