MN Original

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 | Textile Artist Tim Harding

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Learn how internationally known designer Tim Harding makes large-scale textiles out of colorful Chinese silks and other vibrant materials. Harding layers, cuts and assembles these fabrics to create the illusion that the flat work is actually 3-dimensional.

Harding’s work can be found around the world in museums and private collections, and even in an Abu Dhabi luxury hotel.

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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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MN Original | Musicians The Ericksons

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Sisters, the Ericksons, started to play music together after experiencing a loss in the family. Learn about their musical collaboration and how inspiration can be drawn from difficult experiences and times of change. 

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MN Original | Musician Jayanthi Kyle: "That's How The River Flows"

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Watch singer/songwriter Jayanthi Kyle performs “That’s How the River Flows” on the sunny banks of the Mississippi River with guitarist Wes Burdine.

Kyle is the vocalist in several Twin Cities bands including Black Audience, Jayanthi Kyle and the Crybabies, Romantica, Gospel Machine and Davis Bain Band.

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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 | Sculptor Perci Chester

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Perci Chester creates larger-than-life metal sculptures using unexpected tool and techniques. Learn how she incorporates non-traditional objects and techniques into her creative process.

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MN Original | Painter Patrick K. Pryor

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Explore how home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick Pryor’s experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work.

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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 | Illustrator Tom Richmond

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Tom Richmond believes that as an artist you gravitate toward what’s natural to you. In this exercise identify things that come naturally to you and re-imagine how those skills could be utilized in a professional environment. 

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