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MN Original | Performer Timotha Lanae

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Learn how music has been a part of Timotha Lanae’s life for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first song at 7 years old and stepped into her first stage role during high school.

Since then, Lanae has appeared in theatrical productions both locally and internationally, and released a solo album that hit number one on the 2013 U.K. Soul Chart. She is currently working on her original musical, REDdington. Despite her overseas success, Lanae calls Minnesota home and continues to find creative inspiration in her home state.

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MN Original | Installation Artist Emily Stover

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Watch: Educated as an architect, public artist Emily Stover became increasingly interested in the spaces between buildings where people shared experiences rather than the buildings themselves.

As one of five “Artists on the Verge” chosen by NorthernLights.mn in 2013, Stover created an interactive work that combined old and new ways of sending and receiving mail. Her follow-up project, General Delivery, engaged participants during its run at the Soap Factory in the spring of 2014.

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MN Original | Actress Sally Wingert

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Watch: Known for her enormous talent, robust laugh and exuberance for the Twin Cities theater community, Sally Wingert has captivated audiences for over 30 years.

While she calls Guthrie Theater home, Wingert has acted with nearly every professional theater company in the Twin Cities and has performed on Broadway and London’s West End.

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MN Original | MN State Fair Commemorative Art

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Watch now: The Minnesota State Fair Foundation began the Commemorative Art Program in 2004, using profits from the sale of limited edition posters and art to “preserve and improve State Fair buildings, grounds and educational programs.”

The 2015 Commemorative Art was created by iconic Twin Cities screen printer, illustrator and muralist  Adam Turman, who found inspiration in the Fair’s beloved landmarks and attractions, old and new.

Past editions of commemorative have been created by Mary GrandPré, known for her illustrations for the “Harry Potter” book series; Steve Thomas, who is recognized for his vintage-styled National Parks poster series; and Michael Birawer, a painter nationally acclaimed for his depictions of urban neighborhoods.

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MN Original | Butoh Artist Gadu Doushin

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Watch now: Gadu Doushin moved from his native Japan to study engineering at the University of Minnesota in the early 1990s. However his true passion, and what he ultimately ended up pursuing, was dance.

After years studying South Indian classical dance with Ragamala Dance, Doushin began to study butoh, an avant-garde Japanese performance art developed in the late 1950s. Unlike western forms of dance that praise strength of the body, butoh celebrates weakness and vulnerability.

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MN Original | Curator Christopher Atkins

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Watch now: As the Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Christopher Atkins describes himself as "a curator without a collection." While the encyclopedic museum boasts pieces that are decades to centuries old, the work that falls within Atkins’ purview comes from artists who are actively at work creating new pieces to exhibit within the MIA’s storied walls.

In the Spring of 2015, Atkins worked with Aaron Dysart to create “Surprise Party,” an installation in the MIA’s Fountain Court celebrating the museum’s 100th birthday, and with Pao Her on “Attention,” a 10-photograph exhibition in the MAEP gallery. Local artists are selected for the MAEP by a 7-member panel with knowledge of the Minnesota arts community and contemporary art.

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Meet Comic Book Artist Phil Jimenez

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Meet writer and comic book artist Phil Jimenez, who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics. Jimenez describes his early inspiration, gives tips for good storytelling, and discusses the unique way comics approach sequential narrative. Use the student assignment handout to review Jimenez's advice, and an assignment on making a visual story about an "everyday adventure" and the teacher handout for reflection prompts and discussion questions about visual storytelling that focus on Common Core State Standards for Writing: Text Types and Purposes, for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.

Philosophy in the Desert: Idioms | Wild Nevada

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In this video, Wild Nevada explores a dirt road lined with rocks engraved with grass roots philosophy.

MN Original | Choral Director Anton Armstrong

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Watch: Founded in 1912 by Norwegian immigrant F. Melius Christiansen, The St. Olaf Choir became known for touring Christiansen’s a cappella arrangements of Lutheran church hymns.

Now under the direction of Anton Armstrong, the choir continues to honor their choral roots while branching out to perform contemporary works.

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MN Original | SpotLight Showcase

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Explore how Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program serves students from more than 60 Minnesota high schools through in-school workshops, formal evaluations and an annual award program called the SpotLight Showcase.

At the showcase, schools are recognized for their achievements from the year and select students perform music and choreography. The Triple Threat Award further recognizes two students, one male and one female, who excel in all aspects of performance but also demonstrate leadership and community building.

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MN Original | Painter Val Jenkins

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Learn about how painter and drawer Valerie Jenkins finds endless inspiration in the small greenhouse on the side of her home. After horticulture proved to be difficult for her, Jenkins started filling the space with clear glass objects instead. The changing light and blurring of interior-exterior boundaries led Val to explore similar themes in her abstract art work.

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The Editing Process | Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros

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KET technical director and editor Jim Piston describes the entire process of editing video.

Advice on Writing | Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros

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KET producer, writer, and host Renee Shaw discusses the importance of good writing skills in production.

MN Original | The Jerome Foundation

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Learn about how The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), supports the creation, development and production of new works by emerging and established artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in the state of Minnesota and in New York City.

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MN Original | Pet Photographer Sarah Beth Ernhart

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Watch now: Sarah Beth Ernhart didn’t set out to be a pet photographer, but a love of animals and a knack for photography gradually led her from a graphic design path to her full-time dream job.

Ernhart’s modern and unique portraits capture the personalities of her client’s four-legged friends.

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