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MN Original | 318 Cafe Open Mic

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Learn about how when cousins Matty O’Reilly and Tom Peterson took over Excelsior’s 318 Cafe in 2004, they knew they had to keep the open mic tradition alive. They hired Matt Muller to emcee the first Wednesday of every month, when musicians of all stripes show up to hone their craft.

In addition to up-and-comers, musicians such as Dan Wilson, Chastity Brown, Adam Levy, Romantica and Caroline Smith have graced the 318 stage.

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MN Original | Filmmaker Shelli Ainworth

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Learn about how, inspired by her experience of raising a child with autism, writer and filmmaker Shelli Ainsworth premieres her first feature film, "Stay Then Go."

MN Original | Musician Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan

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Learn about the life and work of Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan and Hindustani, North Indian classical music. 
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MN Original | Assemblage Artist Jan Elftmann

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Learn how Jan Elftmann’s penchant for collecting objects shines through in all of her work. She makes art approachable for the every day person in her playful assemblage work and eye-catching art cars.

Elftmann helped found the Minnesota ArtCar Parade after she completed her first art car–a pick up truck covered with 10,000 wine bottle corks. She’s currently working on her third art car.

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MN Original | Performer Timotha Lanae

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Learn how music has been a part of Timotha Lanae’s life for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first song at 7 years old and stepped into her first stage role during high school.

Since then, Lanae has appeared in theatrical productions both locally and internationally, and released a solo album that hit number one on the 2013 U.K. Soul Chart. She is currently working on her original musical, REDdington. Despite her overseas success, Lanae calls Minnesota home and continues to find creative inspiration in her home state.

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MN Original | Artist Peter Haakon Thompson

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One of the goals of Thompson’s work is to inspire engagement and conversation where it otherwise wouldn’t happen. Using his Flag Project as a model, create your own conversation starting flag design.

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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 | Installation Artist Emily Stover

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Watch: Educated as an architect, public artist Emily Stover became increasingly interested in the spaces between buildings where people shared experiences rather than the buildings themselves.

As one of five “Artists on the Verge” chosen by NorthernLights.mn in 2013, Stover created an interactive work that combined old and new ways of sending and receiving mail. Her follow-up project, General Delivery, engaged participants during its run at the Soap Factory in the spring of 2014.

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MN Original | Sign Painter Phil Vandervaart

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From The Hard Times Cafe to The Fitzgerald Theater, the Twin Cities’ landscape is marked by the hand of an iconic sign painter. Learn the technique, skill and craft behind the hand-painted signs of Phil Vandervaart. 

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MN Original | Painter Dan Bruggeman

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Learn about how painter Dan Bruggeman is interested in the places between urban and suburban; landscapes which are uniquely American. His paintings portray vignettes where humans have altered the natural environment for entertainment purposes.

As a senior lecturer of studio art at at Carleton College, Dan Bruggeman’s work bridges together concepts of art, science and history.

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