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. 


Coiling Together

by Alonzo Pantoja

Saturday December 5th from 2pm to 4pm.
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 coiling workshop participants will be introduced to coiling as a way to gather and share stories and experiences in the midst of a pandemic. Participants will learn how to coil, wrap yarn, and connect coils through a collaborative approach. Each participant will start off with their own coiled piece and after 15 min they will pass their piece to the person on their left. This method of working will engage participants in responding, adapting and reflecting to changes - in a similar way of responding to the current changes of the pandemic. At the end, participants will have a coiled collaborative piece of their own as a small token of the workshop. 

Previous Artwork:

Compass (13:06), 2020.
Compass (13:06), 2020.

left: Untitled (rainbow #1) stand, 2020. (Photo by Bade Turgut)       right: Egress (12:54), 2020.

Lead Artist Bio: 
          Alonzo Pantoja is a queer, brown artist and educator - he earned his MFA in Fiber and Installation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has participated in both solo and group shows in spaces such as Nefarious Contemporary in Baltimore, Happy Gallery, Fluffy Crimes in Chicago, Var Gallery, Yours Truly in Milwaukee, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Nemeth Art Center, Textile Center, Circa Gallery, Normal Residential Purposes in Minneapolis; internationally in Italy and England. They have been featured in Hyperallergic, The Coastal Post, VASiSTAS Magazine, and Design & Living Magazine. He was awarded a fully-funded residency to Ox-Bow School of Art, a partially funded fellowship to Arrowmont School of Arts and nominated for the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture.

He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN where he teaches at Augsburg University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Textile Center.