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Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors

“Behind Closed Doors” examines the jobs, families, lives and dreams of the working poor in Minnesota. Students from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design partnered with the Urban Coalition to document the diverse people and places that are part of low-income communities in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota.

The work was exhibited at the Franklin Learning Center, Intermedia Arts, MCAD Gallery, and the Minneapolis Foundation in Minneapolis. The Franklin Library acquired photographs from Behind Closed Doors as part of their permanent collection. Photo District News, an online media resource, published an article in their educators’ site in December 03.

The work was also served as an illustration backdrop for a community forum on “Documentary Photography A Tool for Social Change” at MCAD in October 2003.

Community Partner
Urban Coalition and MCAD


Centro Campesino, Community Citizens’ Patrol, French Meadow Bakery and Café, Hotel Employees/Restaurant Employees Union, Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, Independence Day Parade, La Clinica en Lake, Mickey’s Diner, Minneapolis Farmer’s Market Youth, Farm and Market Project, Parkside Bar, Powderhorn-Phillips Farmers’ Market, Raspberry Festival, Hopkins, MN, Salvation Army, Sergeant Strawberry, Small Farm St. Joseph, MN, Torchlight Parade, Vang Auto Sales

Support and sponsorship was provided by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, University Neighborhood Network and Wells Fargo.

This exhibition was dedicated to Bill Kennedy, photographer, legal defense attorney, project assistant, MCAD teaching assistant, and advocate for poor people, who suddenly passed away during this project.

View the Behind Closed Doors photoset here.