Artist and advocate Seitu Ken Jones has been tending the soil of community through art formore than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has harnessed the tools of visual art,infrastructure, and civic engagement to create work that links history to the present and honors the community’s assets — from its historic figures to natural resources to cultural traditions.
In his public art and events, Jones pushes beyond traditional art spaces to reach people in the context of their lives and communities. His large-scale sculptural installation Turnip Greens was dedicated in 2019 in the Nashville Farmers Market, inspired by the city’s bounty of food and black culture. First enacted in St. Paul in 2014, A Community Meal convened two thousand
people over dinner at a table half a mile long. Jones’s site-specific art installations for the Twin Cities Light Rail Transit system blend visual beauty with local history. In 2013, Jones co-founded
Frogtown Farm, a five-acre urban farm in a St. Paul city park created with and for neighborhood
Jones is a recently retired faculty member of Goddard College in Washington State. He holds a BS degree in Landscape Design and a MLS in Environmental History from the University of
Minnesota. He’s been a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Systems in the College of Food, Agriculture
and Natural Science Resources at the University of Minnesota and is a member of the board of
managers for the Capitol Region Watershed District. He resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his
partner the poet Soyini Guyton.