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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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MN Original | Sculptor James Brenner

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Sculptor James Brenner likes to engage the community with his work, whether creating large public art pieces or involving entire neighborhoods in an iron pour. Learn about the process of creating public art and discover how it can be used to bring community members together.  

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MN Original | Painter Aziz Osman

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Trained as an architect and painter for over two decades in Italy, Aziz Osman returned to his native Somalia only months before the outbreak of civil war. Barely escaping the conflict, he and his family made a new home in Minnesota. Learn about the effects of the Somali Civil War on Aziz Osman’s life and process and create a work of art with limited resources. For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Pyrotechnic Artist Lisa Friedrich

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Lisa Friedrich uses fire, gunpowder and smoke to create cityscapes of her hometown. Discuss traditional definitions of fine art and how that concept can be broadened. 

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MN Original | Painter Paul Peterson

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Paul Peterson paints images of Colombia to connect to his heritage. Reflect on your own heritage through art.

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MN Original | Musician Mayyadda "Black is Beautiful"

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Use Mayyadda’s song “Black is Beautiful” as a jumping off point to discuss the effects of prejudices on self-image and the response art can provide. 

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MN Original | Michael Robbins and Bonnie Morris of Illusion Theater

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Michael and Bonnie started the Illusion Theater so they could tell stories that reflected them and their community. Learn about their latest production and the work they are doing to develop stories with high school students. For more MN Original resources, click here

MN Original | Rapper Tall Paul

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Watch now: Born and raised in inner-city Minneapolis, Paul Wenell, better known as Tall Paul, connects to his Ojibwe heritage in his clever and poignant hip hop music.

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MN Original | Multimedia Artist Philip Noyed

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Philip Noyed doesn’t limit his creative process, going as far as to install a swing in his studio. Learn about the artist’s creative methods to inspire his work and how to apply it to your own process. 

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