Conceptual and behavioral artist Marcus Young was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Iowa. He graduated from Carleton College in music and from the University of Minnesota in theater. His practice attends to the collective experience of our inner, natural, and civic lives, and has included works involving slow-walking and smiling, wishing and flying kites, drawing lines miles long, dancing in public, and community gift-giving. He has been Saint Paul’s City Artist in Residence since 2006. In that role, Marcus offers his deep desire to belong to a place, accumulated after decades of “living at a distance” and wandering across artist disciplines. His award-winning project Everday Poems for City Sidewalk has begun turning the city into a book through re-imagining Saint Paul’s annual sidewalk maintenance program. Marcus is a recipient of awards from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Drama League, and Franklin Furnace.