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Warm greetings and heartfelt thank you to all that joined me for the 122 Conversations opening in Duluth! Your support for my work and this project overwhelms me, I am grateful! THANK YOU!

Mayor Emily Larson was on hand for the event to welcome 122 Conversations and say a few words about what the project means for Duluth. During the opening, volunteers participated in a site specific performance entitled Love Notes. The volunteers can be seen in the image above wearing the Generosity Aprons from 122 Conversations. In their pockets were images of Choices tiles contributed from all 6 countries. Volunteers circulated amongst the attendants, offering all to choose a love note and sparked conversations about love, inclusiveness and cross-cultural dialogue. A special thank you goes out to all the brave and beautiful volunteers!

The exhibition will continue through January 6 at the Tweed Museum of Art on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. I will return to Duluth for an artist talk on November 10. I would love to see you there! Details below. 

Nov. 10, 1:30 – 2:30  Artist talk with Anne Labovitz, PUBLIC WELCOME
Tweed Museum of Art
1201 Ordean Court, Duluth MN

In celebration of the 6 year project, I designed a PEACE necklace in collaboration with Security Jewelers (image below) nearly selling out at the opening. The remaining necklaces are available through the Tweed museum store or Security Jewelers. Additionally, a commemorative catalog of the entire 6 year project was recently published and is now on sale here and available at the Tweed museum store.

This past weekend I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Art Educators of Minnesota. As part of 122 Conversations, I developed a curriculum to utilize art as a means to promote cross cultural engagement and listening to one another. Already presented at the National Art Education Association, I was thrilled to present in my home state. Teachers across Minnesota have eagerly embraced the curriculum and several are already implementing the pedagogy in their classrooms! Look for online student work on the website here.

122 Conversations recent press:

MPR – Art Hounds: Capturing cultural conversations in art, October 25
WDIO – New Art Exhibit Opening at UMD, October 25
DNT – Best Bets: Aby Wolf, opera opener and Sister Cities, October 25
KUMD – Where’s Art? with Annie Dugan: how much Tyvek® fits in a carry-on, anyway? October 22
KUMD –  Radio Gallery: 122 Conversations, October 17
The Bark – “122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders” Celebrates Humanity, October 19
Fox 21 – Tweed Museum to Host Grand Opening of “122 Conversations” Exhibition,  October 23
Fox 21 – Duluth-Born Artist Unveils “122 Conversations” Exhibit

To learn more about the project

Pendant necklace

A common hope for PEACE was shared during interviews by many of the 60 participants who spanned six countries. A limited number of these sterling silver pendant necklaces remain for sale at $100 through Security Jewelers or the Tweed museum store.


An integral part of 122 Conversations are the participatory elements. Choices invites the public to choose a colored tile and share a story, saying or image on that tile and place the tile on the museum wall amongst others. In Duluth, tiles from all 6 countries are displayed.

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