Student Boat Launch in Port Townsend
In 2011, Faculty Advisor Seitu Jones built with MFAIA-WA students a small rowboat named Lutra. He used this boat as a pedagogical process, and after this launch, often conducted advising sessions during residency in the little boat. Lutra continues to be sea worthy!
"Born in north Minneapolis in 1951, Seitu Jones was deeply influenced by the Black Arts Movement and its central belief that artists have an obligation to leave their communities "more beautiful than they found it." In his five-decade career, Jones served as the first-ever artist-in-residence in the City of Minneapolis, transported audiences with set designs as an original company member of Penumbra Theatre and other stages, and recently set the table for a diverse cast of 2,000 guests at "CREATE: The Community Table," a half-mile-long public art installation designed to spark conversation about access to healthy food.
Nationally recognized as a dynamic collaborator and a creative force for civic engagement, Jones has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Bush Leadership Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Designer Fellowship, and a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jones retired [in 2017] from the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. He lives and works in St. Paul with his wife, Soyini Guyton, a poet and fellow master gardener."