Facilitator Bios

Olivia Levins Holden

Olivia Levins Holden is a queer, mixed Puerto Rican muralist, organizer, mixed medium artist and arts educator, born in and residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   She devotes much of her time to facilitating, creating, and collaborating on murals. Her work translates community conversations and people’s history into collaborative public art, explores healing through expression of complexity, duality, and her own experience of multiple identities, lineages, languages, and places.  She strives to explore many ways the arts can tell our stories, plant seeds, and combat toxic narratives and decolonize through truth-telling. Olivia is one third of Studio Thalo, a small collectively-run art studio in Minneapolis that opens its doors to artists and organizations at the intersection of arts and collective liberation.  She enjoys summer thunderstorms, sharing meals and being outdoors, laughing til her tummy hurts, and generating beauty with others.

She works at Hope Community where she is the coordinator for the Power of Vision Mural Project.

Chaka Mkali

Chaka Mkali is a musician, MC, community organizer, racial justice trainer, graffiti artist, muralist, program coordinator and director of organizing and community building at Hope community.

As a musician he is known as an integral part of the Atlanta and Twin Cities underground Hip Hop community. As a graffiti artist and muralist, he is recognized as one of the crucial figures in the revitalization of graffiti art in the Twin Cities using the skills developed in the streets, alley ways, walls and store fronts of Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta

As the director of organizing and community building Chaka has developed impressive work with very diverse largely low income teens and young adults that is impacting individual lives and collectively helping to bring change to a challenged community.

Hope Community where he works is a community development organization that crafted and implemented a vision for change in a community that had been largely written off by others. Hope works with hundreds of diverse adults and youth each year through extensive community engagement. Hope doesn’t provide social services, instead all their work creates opportunities for people to build power for themselves and their community. Chaka’s leadership, organizing and relationships make a real growing impact as people work together to build an alternative to gentrification in their community using art music and organizing

Find Chaka on Twitter: @ISelfDevine and Facebook iselfdevine or Chaka Mkali

Crystal Price

Crystal Price oversees Teen and Community programs at Minneapolis Institute of Art. She earned her B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Art & Political Science, in 2007. Shortly after, she founded and operated a local artist cooperative in Northern Minnesota with a focus on community outreach and engagement for all ages. Crystal spent 3 years teaching English & Art Education at Sogang University and collaborating with the Bucheon Art Forum art center in Greater Seoul, South Korea. She earned her M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership at the University of Minnesota, which incorporated Youth Development field work through Peace Corps service in Costa Rica from 2014-2018. Throughout her career, Crystal has demonstrated her commitment to utilizing art as a vehicle for community development and education. She is an experienced mural painter and yoga instructor. Crystal brings her passion for youth advocacy, cultural humility and experiential learning to Mia and the community.