Young, Marcus (b.1970), artist

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1970 (was birth date of)


Hong Kong born Marcus Young is a multi-disciplinary artists who is based in the USA. His artistic practice looks at the re-imagination of public space through artistic interventions. 

He studied at Carleton College in Minnesota where he received a BA in Music. He later was awarded a MFA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota. Young was also the City Artist in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2006-2015. In 2018, he became the Director of St Paul's Twin Cities-based Art for Social Change program. The artist has also received awards from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Drama League, and Franklin Furnace.

His work Pacific Avenue, a life long slow-walking project, has been performed around the world, including Beijing, Minneapolis, New York, Manchester, and Liverpool. As City Artist in St. Paul, he developed Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk, where he transformed the city's side walk maintenance programme into a poetry publishing entity. In With Nothing to Give, I Give Myself, (2011) the artist lived 10 days in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to foster the understanding that people are the great overlooked works of art. He is also one of the founder members of the participatory street dance practice Don’t You Feel It Too, which encourages people to use movement as a platform for social healing and inner-life liberation.

Marcus Young was one of the artist who took part in the Vital festivals in and at the Chinese Arts Centre. 





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