The Minerva Proposal is a non profit organization whose aim is to provide a platform to those marginalized and underprivileged individuals who are often neglected by common society. We wish to provide a space for these men and women to present their voices and ideas to the world. By creating an opportunity for these people to express their thoughts, viewpoints, emotions, and overall human condition, we believe that stronger, more understanding and empathetic communities will arise. As of right now, The Minerva Proposal is working especially hard to extend a platform to those individuals who are experiencing homelessness, as we have noticed that in daily routines, these men and women are often ignored, and even treated as another inanimate object in our surroundings, instead of the human beings with dreams, aspirations, and emotions that we so tragically forget exist.
Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, strategy, trade, defense, and the arts. Minerva lays claim to an origin story that demonstrates the virtue of perseverance. Jupiter, king of the gods and father of Minerva, swallowed Minerva's mother Metis when she was pregnant with Minerva for fear of a prophecy foretelling his defeat by one of his children. Minerva refused to succumb to her unfortunate circumstance, and instead defiantly grew to become fully developed within Jupiter's skull. This proved to be a cause of immense irritation for Jupiter, who decided to have his head split open to release his daughter and end his aching. Thus Minerva was born as an ideal of overcoming hopeless circumstances and achieving success regardless. Followers of Minerva in Roman times would celebrate her in hopes of receiving divine artistic inspiration, strengthened and protected of communities, and profound wisdom. One of the largest festivals honoring Minerva in Roman times was that of the Quinquatria. The Quinquatria was a festival of five days which was of great importance for the artisans and craftsmen at the time. During this festival, poetry, plays, orations, music, animal games, and other art forms were celebrated and displayed, as well as a hope within its celebrators that they would achieve newfound clarity and wisdom with which they could see the world, and that their community would become strengthened and continue to live in peace. We at The Minerva Proposal organization chose our name because we believe that the values and ideals that Minerva represented: artistic expression, wisdom, and communal unity and strength, are all values that are just as important to uphold today as they were over 2000 years ago in Roman antiquity.
The Minerva Proposal was conceived by John Sullivan in the summer of 2020. John had seen homelessness in cities across the USA, and he had discovered one common theme: dehumanization. John believed that this dehumanization was not good for either the homeless or common society populations, and he believed that a solution had to come about. While walking University Ave in Seattle, Washington, near the University of Washington campus, John finally started to notice the talent that was within the street living population. John had long been a passionate consumer of art, and he has always believed in its ability to create empathy and pass understanding between the creator and the viewer of said artwork. John set out on a mission to provide an outlet with which individuals within the marginalized and underprivileged could express their humanity in order to create communities that are filled with more empathy, understanding, strength, and unity. Thus The Minerva Proposal was born.