Ancestor Doll Workshop by Donyelle Headington
Feb 8 2020 | 1 - 4pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

An assortment of various dolls

Additional Details

*This workshop is now sold out! Please check out our other Black History Month events taking place as part of Black to the Future by clicking here >>


This workshop creates a supportive space to connect with your ancestors, known and unknown. Artist Donyelle Headington will lead the participants through a light-hearted exploration into ourselves and our relationships with our loved ones—by making dolls to be a reminder of the feelings, thoughts, memories, and experiences we have around our ancestors. While easy banter and laughter during a session has been the norm, sometimes the experience of connecting to our deeper selves can be painful, and so it is also normal to witness the cleansing release of tears. The goal of this workshop is to create a supportive and fun listening circle, ready to hold space for what comes to the surface. 

Donyelle will provide everything one needs to make a simple Waldorf-inspired doll. However, you are encouraged to bring items that have special meaning to personalize their creation. For example, a loved one’s old tie, beads from a broken necklace, dried lavender, flowers or other herbs from your garden.


The workshop is part of Black to the Future: Yo Mama’s Northside Black History Month Pop-Up Museum, an exhibition in the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration where artist-in-residence Amoke Kubat will work in concert with Northside Minneapolis creatives, to guide visitors’ journeys through the Northside. Learn more about the exhibition and related programs here >>