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MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

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MN Original | Shapiro and Smith Dance

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Joanie Smith, Artistic Director of Shapiro & Smith Dance, is interested in finding the “unique gestures” that become dance. Learn about the history of this modern dance company and the difference between movement and dance. 

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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 | 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 | Native American Dance and Regalia

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Rooted in tradition and ceremony, dancing is an important part of Native American culture. Hundreds of dances exist, performed by tribes across the United States. Learn about several types of Native American dance and regalia and design your own garment that reflects your heritage.

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MN Original | TU Dance & Bon Iver's Come Through: Dance

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TU Dance and Bon Iver collaborate through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series to create the new work, “Come Through.” From the studio to the stage, follow artists Toni Pierce-Sands, Uri Sands, Justin Vernon and curator Kate Nordstrom through the process as they discuss their inspiration for the work and their unexpected partnership.

MN Original | Brownbody: Performing Arts

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Brownbody Performing Arts Company combines figure skating, modern dance, storytelling, social justice and theater into one inspiring performance. It is a space within the world of skating where stories and movement and shaped and told by African American skaters and artists. It is listening and communicating with the body as well as poetry and singing.

MN Original | Karen L. Charles: Dance

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Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Karen L. Charles quit her day job as a mathematician and arts administrator to start a dance company, Threads Dance Project, in 2011. Charles often draws inspiration from mathematical and scientific theories for her work.