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MN Original | Nora McInerny: Writer

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Writer, founder of Still Kickin, and Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast host Nora McInerny unabashedly addresses stories of pain with humor and heart. Nora has been sharing details of her life with readers and listeners since 2014, the year she says she “just kept getting kicked in the face.” That year Nora lost her husband and her father, and suffered a miscarriage — all in the span of a couple months. As she shares in the video above, Nora hopes her difficult stories help others know they’re not alone in their struggles.

MN Original | Carter Meland: Author

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Carter Meland was in his thirties when he discovered he had Native American ancestors. A phone call delivered the news that his paternal grandfather was Anishinaabe. This remarkable family history became the centerpiece of Meland's first novel, Stories for a Lost Child. The book was chosen as one of four finalists for the Minnesota Book Award in the Novel and Short Story category in 2018.

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 | Joynoelle: Design

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Joy Teiken’s signature fashion line Joynoelle, has been worn by the likes of Allison Janney, Andie MacDowell and Toni Braxton. A former art teacher, Joy approaches her fashion design like she does sculpture, working around the form from all angles. Once a year she comes out with a collection and show (which she calls a performance) that incorporates MCs, experts, and DJs to showcase her personal designs. MN Original documented her 2017 collection, which was inspired by fungi and lichen found by her cabin in northern Minnesota. Her 2018 show on Sunday, May 20th at Lightbox studios, was inspired by books about space and the solar system with her son.  “All I could think about was how nice it would be to go there, to go to those places and get off planet earth for a bit.” Models will appear in an intimate, gallery setting with NASA images, space exploration footage and the feeling of weightlessness playing a role in the presentation.

The still photography in this video was provided by Eric Doolin Photography, with make up by Melissa Tomfohrde, and hair by Kristine Loehrer.

Additional footage provided by Patrick Pegg.

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.

MN Original | Sieng Lee: Mixed Media Artist

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Sieng Lee's stunning site-specific installation is inspired by his immigrant experience. At the center of Becoming American, Lee combined objects from his Hmong culture with familiar American items to create a large-scale sculpture. The work is a visual reflection of the sometimes tumultuous feelings Lee had growing up as an immigrant in the United States.

MN Original | Alison Price: Painter

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Alison Price is a visual artist who is influenced by the Mississippi River and the natural world around her. Her work is highly colorful and full of emotion with a connection to nature. She is especially drawn to the heritage trees that line the Mississippi River and other interesting trees, such as the Ancient Oak, which is about 333 years old.

MN Original | Maxine Davis: Filmmaker

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Maxine Davis is a documentary filmmaker whose love of the outdoors has always been a source of strength and peace. In her film, Women Outward Bound, Maxine reconnects with the first females accepted into the rigourous wilderness education program. In 1965, twenty-four women experienced challenges and triumphs and together made history.

MN Original | Northern Spark

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Alison Hiltner (Visual Artist) and Lisa Aston Philander (Curator of the University of Minnesota's college of Biological Sciences Conservatory) partner with local artists Alyssa Baguss, Julie Benda, Regan Golden, Maxwell Hoaglund, Erica Hoaglund, Terez Lacovino for the Northern Spark 2017 exhibit Ecological Futures: Speculative Biomes of the Past, Present or Future.

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