Ryan Stopera is a photographer, filmmaker, and educator based in Minneapolis. He has worked with community organizations for over 15 years including with individuals experiencing homelessness, children and families, and foster care youth, as well as in program development and affordable housing development. He has shown work at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Gamut Gallery, Public Functionary, and Third Place Gallery. He’s the recipient of the 2019 MN State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant for the production of the short film The Return, and he was a 2019 Creative Community Fellow with National Art Strategies, supporting the development of a mixed use artist space in Minneapolis. Ryan is motivated by sharing stories of our truth and our vision of the future in order to build a more just and equitable world today.