UNSUNG HEROES

POLLEN | Editorial Feature

Pollen is a media arts organization that fosters empathy, encourages connection across difference, and inspires meaningful action by sharing stories of individuals who want to change our collective story for the better.

Pollen partnered with the McKnight Foundation and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to create an editorial feature honoring awardees of the 2020 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. The award recognized four individuals from the Twin Cities Metro area and Greater MN who have made a significant impact in their communities. In honor of their selflessness, Pollen collaborated with Kp Inspires and Flower Illustrator, Genessis Lopez to create portrait art.

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Floral pattern header by illustrator, Genessis Lopez

“North Minneapolis has a very rich history. It’s a phenomenal place to live. I have an opportunity to unveil that, to deepen that.” – Desralynn Cole

“I wanted to take my children out of the city, out of their element, to have some kind of cultural experience — whether it was a pow-wow or medicine picking or canoeing.” – Lisa Bellanger

“We’d pass the hat for dollars to keep the heat on in the building,” she says. “It wasn’t an easy task, but we were a very determined group, and we succeeded.”- Patti Ballan

“Community is not just your immediate family, it’s everyone. If your neighbor is suffering and you’re doing well, that doesn’t mean much.” – Hani Jacobson