Shanai Matteson

Lead Artist & Collaborative Director
Water Bar

Shanai Matteson is an artist, writer, mother and cultural organizer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She creates public art projects, documentaries, stories, and social spaces to illuminate and transform relationships. Through slow and emergent arts activism, Shanai strives to change the conditions in which we create and collaborate, shifting narrative and culture, and the systems they shape. In her work as a public artist and writer, she documents the people and experiences that move her, creating artwork that honors the complex and reciprocal nature of identity, experience, place, and memory. She is one of the founders and co-directors of Water Bar & Public Studio, an artist-led social enterprise that serves water to build relationships and to transform culture.