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MN Original | Washburn Blackbox Acting Program

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Since 2008 the Blackbox Acting Program at Washburn High School has provided a safe space for students to create and perform original works rooted in social justice. Led by teacher Crystal Spring, the students perform their work in front of audiences across the Twin Cities, including fellow students and members of the general public. Learn how this program empowers students to engage with issues of social justice directly impacting them and their community. Create a scene about an issue that affects your community.

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MN Original | Actor Pearce Bunting

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Actor Pearce Bunting portrays the “host”, in Garrison Keillor’s play Radio Man which is based on Keillor’s childhood and creation of the radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Learn about the process of adapting a personal story into a play.

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MN Original | Musicians Gear Daddies

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Acclaimed Americana rock band, Gear Daddies, have been playing together since 1986 and return to First Avenue to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their breakout album. Develop an appreciation for a personal skill, talent or passion and imagine planning an event or anniversary party to celebrate it. 

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MN Original | Musician Eric Mayson

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Eric Mayson is a multifaceted musician that utilizes unique methods to inspire his work. Learn about his improvisational style of composition and create your own improvised piece.

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MN Original | Textile Artist Mary Giles

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Rooted in the traditions of basket making, Mary Giles’ work has evolved into sculptural pieces inspired by nature. Learn about the creation and use of symbols in her work and create your own. 

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MN Original | Musician Chai Lee

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Hmong Qeej (pronounced kheng) player, Chai Lee, performs and explains the significance of this traditional wind instrument widely known as a cultural symbol of Hmong identity. Learn about the instrument and discuss the importance of art and ritual.

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MN Original | Painter Leslie Barlow

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Oil painter Leslie Barlow explores multiculturalism, identity and the idea of “otherness” through the uses of figure and narrative elements. Explore issues of race and identity through her work.

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MN Original | Collage Artist Kristi Abbott

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Kristi Abbott depicts beloved icons and landscapes with materials from around the globe in her vivid collages.  Learn about a unique style of collage portraiture and how to apply it to your own portrait. 

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MN Original | Artist & Designer Maggie Thompson

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Artist and designer Maggie Thompson uses textiles to create cozy knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes related to her Native American ancestry. Learn about her process and how she uses her work to explore and challenge difficult issues around race, identity and grief.

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MN Original | Ceramicist Ernest Miller

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Ernest Miller is constantly striving to create the “perfect” vessel. Discuss the idea of perfection and how it applies to the world of art. 

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