BIOGRAPHY

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and arts based community organizer. Brimmer is currently reviewing requests for facilitation, executive coaching and project management as a freelance collaborative contractor. Contact her at [email protected] if interested.

While Brimmer's work engages multiple fields, artistic thinking and practice inform her perspective of cultural development. 

Her work has commonly undergirded pilot projects and teams in transition at the program, departmental and organizational levels. She has experience in event mangagement, conflict resolution, and strategic partnerships. Her recent work to date was a nine month collaborative Interim Executive Director role with Neal Cuthbert (McKnight Foundation) in Minneapolis' Cedar Riverside Neighborhood at The Cedar Cultural Center. Here, the co-executive directors were tasked with supporting ongoing organizational function, work-place culture support, employee coaching and institutional readiness. Much of Brimmer's perspective comes from grassroots, community oriented, arts projects; supporting the work of T. Mychael Rambo in Rondo Neighborhood of St. Paul and also with The Ordway Center for Performing Arts (St. Paul). This approach was refined in her work with Intermedia Arts (Uptown - Minneapolis) which gave a more political imperative to her work as a community organizer and equity, inclusion and diversity specialist. In thier role as Programs Manager for the Department of Equity and Public Programming. At Intermedia Arts, her portfolio included artist and leadership development as well as the organizations robust equity work, The VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Artists and The Beyond The Pure Fellowships for Writers. She was priviledged to work with a slew of amazing colleagues but highly valued her time under the mentorship of Julie Bates MacGillis . In her time as the Intermedia Art’s Program Manager for the Creative Leadership Department (2014-16), she managed the Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) in Rapid City, SD & Minneapolis, helped establish the CCLI Network of some 250 fellows and supported the organization's Creative CityMaking project in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis. 

As an artist, Brimmer performs frequently throughout the Twin Cities. They are co-editor of Queer Voices of Minnesota: An Anthology (MNHS PRESS 2019). This anthology of queer poetry and prose reflecting the LGBTQIA+ writer community in Minnesota is co-edited by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins  Brimmer has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something Zine, the anthologies Walk Towards It (Ellen Hinchcliffe), Whisked: Cooking Up Community (Camille Gage), and the forthcoming Fierce Lament (Red Bird Press 2018).  Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues, in Washington DC  and a few in Wisconsin. Brimmer is a two time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow. Brimmer presented at Split This Rock! in 2018, and performed at AWP in 2017. She attended VONA (Voices of Our Nation) in Minneapolis at the Loft Literary Center in 2017. Her directing has been seen on stage with 20% Theater Company with performance artist Rica de la Concha (2018). Her work has been featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News and on the air with Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI. She is currently working on a November 2018 production of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's Waafrika 123 with 20% Theatre Company .

Brimmers academic and critical work has been presented internationally. In 2018 she presented In Search of Other Mothers' Gardens at the MESEA - Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas conference in Graz, Austria in 2018. This work will be presented at The Adoption Studies and Culture conference in Oakland, CA in 2018. She is presenting on a panel with Sun Yung Shin, Brandon Som and Carolina Ebeid at AWP Portland 2019. While she is still navigating her academic identity- she sees her work as pragmatically queer, black and kinship oriented.

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Resume and CV

   
Press: 

Theater Review: A Tribe Called Queer: Can We Kick It?  Dwight Hobbes. Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2015
   

Selections

   
Education:

Graduate Fellow University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
MA English Literature 2018

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
BA Sociology and English Literature 2008

Employment

Interim Co-Exective Director, The Cedar Cultural Center
December 2017-Present

Programs Manager, Dept. of Equity and Public Programs: Intermedia Arts 2016-Sept 2017

Programs Manager, Dept. of Creative Leadership, Intermedia Arts 2014- present
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Selected Readings:

Retro/grade The Future Residency, Minneapolis 2018
Poetry Asylum Minneapolis 2018
Black Futures Minneapolis Institute of Art 2017
555 Reading series, Triple Watt Coffee 2017
Queer Voices Reading Series 2017
The Debt or Crisis Launch Party 2017
Body Lines, Public Art Collaboration with Camille Gage, Minneapolis, MN 2015
the way the field fell, Audio Recording Art on Foot Silverwood Park, Minneapolis MN 2015
Run... Toward a Mythology of Power with Chaun Webster. 2014

Performance & Curation
Queer Voices Curator
THESE ARE THE MEN, Savage Umbrella, Role of Tiresius, The Southern Theater. 2015
Late Nite at Pillsbury House Theater curated by E.G. Bailey and Laurie Carlos. 2010,2012,2014, 2016
Blacker the Berry curated by Sha Cage, Intermedia Arts. Minnapolis MN 2014
OUTspoken MN Feature Artist, Fox and Egg Gallery. Minneapolis MN. 2014
Queertopia, Queer Cabaret curated by Nastalie Bogira and Jeffry Lusiak, Minneapolis, MN. 2014. Co-Curator 2016
These Are The Men workshop, Guest Artist. Savage UmbrellaTheater Company, 2014.
#riotgirrlz, Occupy Homes MN, Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis, MN. 2014.