Minner's community art takes a variety of forms. For instance, the artist conducts a grant-writing workshop for girls ages 5 to 11. The kids decide which projects to pursue, write their own grant applications and secure their own funding. The largest donation they've received so far is $3,000 from the Baltimore branch of Youth As Resources.
"They're very impressive and skillful young ladies," Minner says. "They can explain to you the difference between making a decision by consensus and by voting, and why achieving consensus is better."
At the other end of the age spectrum, the artist has recorded a series of audio histories with the Lumbee elders who first moved to Maryland from North Carolina after World War II.
And she's excited about a series of 30 life-size portraits of people in her own generation that she and photographer Sean Sheidt created together.
Minner told her subjects to wear whatever clothes they felt the most comfortable in. When the artist's neighbors and friends arrived at the studio, they filled out surveys designed to elicit positive thoughts about themselves and their lives.
Sheidt photographed them in a golden light meant to impart a superhero glow, and Minner added text taken from the surveys to the finished portraits. They called the result "The Exquisite Lumbee Project."
"The most important thing to me in the work that I do is to help people see the divinity in each other and in themselves," Minner says.
"I want people to realize that we're all precious and we're all going to die. So, it's important for us to love each other and lift one another up."
If you go
"Thirty: 30 Creative Minds Under 30" begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place. For information, call 410-962-8565 or visit mdartplace.org.