The Pandemic School


Upcoming Classes 2pm-4pm

JAN2022 workshops postponed due to Omicron 

  1. Handwriting: Memory, Material, and Mimesis | Prerna | postponed

  2. My Surroundings as My Vessel | by Maxwell McInnis | postponed

  3. In Touch With Homeland | Aki Shibata | postponed

Past Events

  1. Burning Jin Paper | by Peng Wu | DEC 4th

  2. Coiling Together | by Alonzo Pantoja | DEC 5th

  3. Counterspaces | by Yuko Taniguchi | DEC 11th

  4. Quarantine Newsroom Collage | by Chris Harrison | DEC 12th

  5. Soundtracking and Playlist Making with Trina! | by Trina Fernandez | DEC 19th

Location: Soo Visual Art Center 2909 Bryant Ave S #101, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Open enrollment starts now! Limited eight spots for each in-person workshop. Sign up here!

Any questions? please email:


  1. The Pandemic School is a small experimental learning platform for primarily BIPOC artists to share their learnings during the pandemic. 

  2. Every artist-led workshop has a simple format: making & chatting.

  3. Made possible by SooVAC, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the donors of Since COVID19 project. 


Sample of Sashiko (traditional Japanese sawing style)

In Touch With Homeland

by Aki Shibata

Sunday Jan 9th from 3pm to 5pm.
Open enrollment starts now! Limited eight spots for each workshop.  Any questions? please email:
*All necessary materials will be provided to those who sign up to participate.
*No previous artmaking experience necessary.
*Vaccination proof or 72 hours negative COVID test is required to attend the workshop.

Workshop Overview 
In this collaborative sewing workshop participants will be introduced to Sashiko (traditional Japanese sawing style) as a way to learn and share origin stories. Each stories will turn into an original tessellation pattern. Participants will learn how to sew, listen, speak up and connect all of the sewn projects  through a quilting. Each participant will learn the Sashiko sewing basics through sewing original patterns designed by others, and then start to design theirs own design by sharing each others stories and think about original geometric shape to make them into Sashiko sewing pattern. In the pandemic time, many of us were not able to go home and see the loved one. This sewing project is for us to be in touch with your homeland. At the end, participants will keep the sewing kit to continue Sashiko practice and collaborative piece of quilting to hold in their heart.

Artist Bio
           Aki Shibata was born in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the USA for her art education, and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in Photography from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN. She creates more places and ways to let people meet their inner peace. Her artworks are an examination of body and mind in public and gallery spaces. She has taught a variety of art mediums throughout the years, and currently she is teaching at the Fine Art department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.