Preston Drum Studios


Carry On Homes at The Commons is a multi-functional pavilion hosting the stories of immigrants in Minnesota, where individuals come together to explore the concept of home through community gatherings, workshops, live performances and personal reflection. Home is a universal idea that transcends divisions by race, religion, gender identity, and class. At home, we belong, we feel safe and we are loved. Join us at The Commons park in downtown Minneapolis, as we celebrate the immigrant cultures from around the world that have come to call Minnesota home.

Conceived by five artists from five countries: Peng Wu, Shunjie Yong, Aki Shibata, Preston Drum, Zoe Cinel and stemming from the Carry On Homes documentary photography project (, this interactive sculptural installation reimagines the home as an open structure. Walls disappear, while invitations to engage appear in the multiple forms of a stage, a colorful mural, a reflecting garden, a photo gallery and a sculpture built from repurposed suitcases. This experience is free and open to everyone, everyday, beginning June 15, 2018 and lasts at the Commons (downtown Minneapolis) until Mid-October 2018. This project was made possible by the City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program in association with Northern Lights.MN and The Commons.

While this installation only lasts until October, please stay tuned learn where the piece is being ,oved and re-installed in 2019!