Artist Day Jobs: Hannah Wydeven – Improviser/Gym Owner

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs – A series about how artists make it work.

Hannah Wydeven is an improviser and gym owner who says she couldn’t do one with out the other.

Hear her story in the third episode of MN Original‘s web series, Artist Day Jobs, profiling Minnesota artists with interesting 9-5′s.

New episodes premiere Wednesdays at 10 a.m. More info here: http://bit.ly/1KrhEWr

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

MNO On The Go: July 19 – 26

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MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit MNOriginal.org each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

Book Arts Art Crawl

July 24, 6 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy coordinated receptions across downtown Minneapolis, including MCBA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Form + Content Gallery, and the Walker Art Center Library.

Click here for more info.

Lowertown Blues Festival

July 25 – 12 – 10 p.m.

The Lowertown Blues Festival is a cooperative effort by the Minnesota Blues Society and the Lowertown Blues Festival Committee with support from the City of St. Paul.  This is a FREE festival for all ages. The mission of this festival is to bring awareness to St. Paul and Lowertown’s redevelopment, and showcase the vitality and beauty of Lowertown with music & the arts.

Click here for more info.

SPACE & TIME B-Girl Be 10-Year Reunion Exhibit at Intermedia Arts

Now through August 22

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of B-Girl Be, the first international festival showcasing and celebrating women artists in the elements of Hip-Hop. Encompassing MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, B-Girl Be influenced thousands of artists and audience members since its inception in 2005, challenging and changing the perceptions and roles of women in this revolutionary art form. To commemorate this anniversary, Intermedia Arts presents “Space & Time,” a visual art exhibition that will include new work by artists from previous B-Girl Be exhibitions as well as emerging artists from Hip-Hop scenes around the world.

Click here for more info.

Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

Friday, July 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

Click here for more info.

Girl Friday Productions: The Matchmaker at Park Square Theatre

July 9 – 26

When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Thornton Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America’s greatest playwrights. A tonic for our troubled times, The Matchmaker celebrates the spirit of generosity and living life tothe fullest.

Click here for more info.

Caponi Art Park Summer Performance Series: Storytelling featuring Kevin Kling with Simone Perrin

July 26 – 6:30 p.m.

Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin collaborate to create a performance that covers a range of humor, tenderness and music.

Click here for more info.

Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome at Brave New Workshop

Now through August 1

In ‘Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome’ at Brave New Workshop, the cast will tackle some tough questions about modern society, like: Where does personal freedom begin and end? Why do we look to celebrities instead of scientists for information? Could you take a look at this rash on our leg? These sketches and songs will skewer these issues and more in this satire of epidemic proportions.

Click here for more info.

Laura Hallen “standstill” Installation at Silverwood Park

Open now through July 31

Laura Hallen‘s “standstill” installation is on display in Silverwood Park’s gallery space.  The show is Laura’s first site-specific installation, in which she suspended over 5,500 artificial lunaria seedpods. Looking upwards, these pearlescent ovals resemble a cascading mass of stars. It creates an intentional space to reflect on being still. This kind of clarity requires a keen self-awareness in order to remove distractions. “standstill” is an invitation to listen to ourselves and be in the present moment together. There will also be a free yoga class under my installation on July 12th from 11-12:15 am, taught by Amy Patee.

Click here for more info.

Summertime Exhibit: Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space

Open now through August 2

There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging thematic exhibition featuring both emerging and established artists. Summertime will feature 30 pieces from the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s permanent collection, as well as the work of three additional local artists. Fans of celebrated sculptor Paul Manship will be pleased to see his name among the exhibiting artists, as well as Jim Denomie’s acerbic political and social commentary work. Not surprisingly, photography is well represented with images of the quintessential American pastime, the road trip, and souvenirs of travel, by photographers such as Wing Young Huie, Peter de Lory, and Kenda North.

Click here for more info.

Nastinctive at Rosalux Gallery

Open now through July 26

“Nastinctive” – The natural instinctive process with which artist Jack Dale creates his exciting acrylic paintings merges with the animals in nature that Michael Sweere builds with his stunning recycled tin collages.

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce the opening of “Nastinctive” a portmanteau of nature and instinct. The show will run from Sunday, July 5th through Sunday, July 26th. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Radical Basketry Invitational

July 16 – August 22

This exhibition displays examples of exceptional work by local basket makers concurrent to the National Basketry Organization’s conference in the Twin Cities. The selection emphasizes work by basket makers that push the boundaries of traditional basket making.

Click here for more information.

Artist Day Jobs: Georgia Ramin – Rocker/Mail Carrier

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs – A series about how artists make it work

 

In this episode of up MN Original‘s Artist Day Jobs, meet Georgia Ramin: mail carrier by day, rocker by night.

Georgia’s job with the US Postal Service has allowed her to pursue her music career and play in a number of bands, including Minneapolis garage band Beebe Gallini.

The episode is the second in our series focusing on Minnesota artists who support their creative endeavors with interesting 9-5′s.

New episodes premiere Wednesdays at 10 a.m. More info here: http://bit.ly/1KrhEWr

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

MNO on the Go: July 12 – 19

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MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit MNOriginal.org each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

Bunny Clogs at Icehouse

July 18 – 11 a.m.

Catch Bunny Clogs perform during the third annual concert series dedicated to kids! The Icehouse Kids Concert Series happens monthly through August, Saturday mornings during brunch, featuring six great concerts to be enjoyed by the kids and adults alike.

Click here for more info.

Nastinctive at Rosalux Gallery

Open now through July 26

“Nastinctive” – The natural instinctive process with which artist Jack Dale creates his exciting acrylic paintings merges with the animals in nature that Michael Sweere builds with his stunning recycled tin collages.

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce the opening of “Nastinctive” a portmanteau of nature and instinct. The show will run from Sunday, July 5th through Sunday, July 26th. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome at Brave New Workshop

Now through August 1

In ‘Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome’ at Brave New Workshop, the cast will tackle some tough questions about modern society, like: Where does personal freedom begin and end? Why do we look to celebrities instead of scientists for information? Could you take a look at this rash on our leg? These sketches and songs will skewer these issues and more in this satire of epidemic proportions.

Click here for more info.

Ballet on the Block at The Third Place Gallery

July 18

The Third Place Gallery and Saint Paul Ballet invite all to Ballet On The Block! Ballet dancers will start on four different street corners in Bryant, Bancroft, Central, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods and converge at the Wish Well in front of Pillsbury House Theatre for a performance with cellist Adam Stiber and saxophonist Tyler Cessor. Ballet dancers and musicians will then parade three blocks down Chicago Avenue to the Third Place Gallery to perform and conduct ballet workshops for all interested.

Click here for more info.

Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

Friday, July 17, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

Click here for more info.

Radical Basketry Invitational

July 16 – August 22

This exhibition displays examples of exceptional work by local basket makers concurrent to the National Basketry Organization’s conference in the Twin Cities. The selection emphasizes work by basket makers that push the boundaries of traditional basket making.

Click here for more information.

SPACE & TIME B-Girl Be 10-Year Reunion Exhibit at Intermedia Arts

Now through August 22

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of B-Girl Be, the first international festival showcasing and celebrating women artists in the elements of Hip-Hop. Encompassing MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, B-Girl Be influenced thousands of artists and audience members since its inception in 2005, challenging and changing the perceptions and roles of women in this revolutionary art form. To commemorate this anniversary, Intermedia Arts presents “Space & Time,” a visual art exhibition that will include new work by artists from previous B-Girl Be exhibitions as well as emerging artists from Hip-Hop scenes around the world.

Click here for more info.

Girl Friday Productions: The Matchmaker at Park Square Theatre

July 9 – 26

When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Thornton Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America’s greatest playwrights. A tonic for our troubled times, The Matchmaker celebrates the spirit of generosity and living life tothe fullest.

Click here for more info.

Laura Hallen “standstill” Installation at Silverwood Park

Open now through July 31

Laura Hallen‘s “standstill” installation is on display in Silverwood Park’s gallery space.  The show is Laura’s first site-specific installation, in which she suspended over 5,500 artificial lunaria seedpods. Looking upwards, these pearlescent ovals resemble a cascading mass of stars. It creates an intentional space to reflect on being still. This kind of clarity requires a keen self-awareness in order to remove distractions. “standstill” is an invitation to listen to ourselves and be in the present moment together. There will also be a free yoga class under my installation on July 12th from 11-12:15 am, taught by Amy Patee.

Click here for more info.

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders’

Open now through July 13

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher‘s production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders” runs now through July 13 at the Park Square Theatre.

He’s back, and he’s here! When a slain body is found in the Ice Palace, Saint Paul’s own J.J. Hill calls the only man to call. The world’s slyest sleuth returns to Park Square to solve his strangest—and closest—murder yet! 

Click here for more info.

Summertime Exhibit: Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space

Open now through August 2

There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging thematic exhibition featuring both emerging and established artists. Summertime will feature 30 pieces from the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s permanent collection, as well as the work of three additional local artists. Fans of celebrated sculptor Paul Manship will be pleased to see his name among the exhibiting artists, as well as Jim Denomie’s acerbic political and social commentary work. Not surprisingly, photography is well represented with images of the quintessential American pastime, the road trip, and souvenirs of travel, by photographers such as Wing Young Huie, Peter de Lory, and Kenda North.

Click here for more info.

 

Artist Day Jobs: Drew Erickson – DJ/Pilot

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs – A series about how artists make it work

The premiere episode of MN Original‘s web series, Artist Day Jobs, features Minneapolis native Drew Erickson. By day he works as a charter pilot while at night, he spins under the name DJ LAST WORD and has garnered an impressive following spinning for the likes of Brother Ali, Mally, Get Cryphy and more.

It’s our first look at how Minnesota artists support their artistic endeavors with interesting 9-5′s.

Find DJ LAST WORD on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/last-word

New episodes premiere Wednesdays at 10 a.m. More info here: http://bit.ly/1KrhEWr

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

MNO on the Go: July 5 – 12

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MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit MNOriginal.org each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

ORCHESTAR BEZ IME: MN History Center’s 9 Nights of Music

July 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

ORCHESTAR BEZ IME: Balkan and Gypsy. The popular series, now in its 18th year, presents the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of Minnesota’s multi-cultural community at free outdoor performances at the Minnesota History Center. 9 Nights of Music is held each Tuesday evening in July and August from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic, or purchase food from the History Center’s Cafe Minnesota. Admission to museum exhibits is free on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the History Center’s 3M Auditorium.

Click here for more info.

Secret Colors Revisited: A Dialogue on Race & the Arts at The Loft Literary Center

July 10, 7 p.m.

Writers Alexs Pate and David Mura are long time collaborators who have written fifteen books between them, in multiple genres, all examining the issues of race and African American and Asian American identity respectively. This conversation will explore their work as Minnesota writers of color; the creative writing workshop they co-teach, “Writing on Race;” the relationship between their communities; and other current issues regarding race and the arts. They will also discuss Pate’s work on the Innocent Classroom, a program designed to address the racial achievement gap in education by training teachers to improve their relationships with students of color.

Click here for more info.

Momentum: New Dance Works Week 1 at the Southern Theater

July 9 – 11, 8 p.m.

Nic Lincoln’s as yet untitled new work will be an all-male quintet that explores societies’ primal tendencies, examining group behaviors in animals and hyper-sexualized individuals in order to encircle around subjects of gender and power. As a gay man Lincoln has historically found artistic comfort collaborating with women. This piece will be his first time working choreographically with men, a switch that he says equally excites and terrifies him. The change in gender, although a simple idea, presents endless new artistic variations. Dancers from James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, and Zenon will be featured in this work. Music will be composed and performed live by Venus De Mars, lead singer from the band All the Pretty Horses.

Click here for more info.

Eighth Annual Art At St. Kate’s One Day Outdoor Art Fair  

July 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Artists’ Circle presents the Eighth Annual Art at St. Kate’s one-day outdoor art fair. The event is free to the public.

Click here for more info.

Caponi Art Park Summer Performance Series: Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorale

July 12, 6:30 p.m.

Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has brought together skilled volunteer musicians to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles. Performing concerts around the south suburban Twin Cities area, the symphony has a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member summer pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.

Click here for more info.

Girl Friday Productions: The Matchmaker at Park Square Theatre

July 9 – 26

When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Thornton Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America’s greatest playwrights. A tonic for our troubled times, The Matchmaker celebrates the spirit of generosity and living life tothe fullest.

Click here for more info.

Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

Friday, July 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

Click here for more info.

Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome at Brave New Workshop

Now through August 1

In ‘Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome’ at Brave New Workshop, the cast will tackle some tough questions about modern society, like: Where does personal freedom begin and end? Why do we look to celebrities instead of scientists for information? Could you take a look at this rash on our leg? These sketches and songs will skewer these issues and more in this satire of epidemic proportions.

Click here for more info.

Music at Franconia – Roe Family Singers and more

July 11, 1 – 7 p.m.

Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater. Franconia’s sixth annual music series will feature a wide variety of musicians. And make sure to participate in a guided tour during band breaks to meet artists-in-residence to learn about works-in-progress. All events are family and dog friendly, please pick up after your furry friends. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Click here for more info.

Nastinctive at Rosalux Gallery

Open now through July 26

“Nastinctive” – The natural instinctive process with which artist Jack Dale creates his exciting acrylic paintings merges with the animals in nature that Michael Sweere builds with his stunning recycled tin collages.

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce the opening of “Nastinctive” a portmanteau of nature and instinct. The show will run from Sunday, July 5th through Sunday, July 26th. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Click here for more info.

2nd Saturdays – California Building Open Studios

Saturday, July 11 – 12 – 4 p.m.

The California Building in Northeast Minneapolis is a former grain mill turned studio building for working artists. As the first art studio building in the NE area, artists began renting studios here in the 80′s. The tenants include emerging, mid and late career artists in a variety of disciplines.

A haven for a diverse group of artists, the building is now open to the public for open studio tours and sales every month on the 2nd Saturday. Enjoy free parking.

Click here for more info.

Laura Hallen “standstill” Installation at Silverwood Park

Open now through July 31

Laura Hallen‘s “standstill” installation is on display in Silverwood Park’s gallery space.  The show is Laura’s first site-specific installation, in which she suspended over 5,500 artificial lunaria seedpods. Looking upwards, these pearlescent ovals resemble a cascading mass of stars. It creates an intentional space to reflect on being still. This kind of clarity requires a keen self-awareness in order to remove distractions. “standstill” is an invitation to listen to ourselves and be in the present moment together. There will also be a free yoga class under my installation on July 12th from 11-12:15 am, taught by Amy Patee.

Click here for more info.

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders’

Open now through July 13

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher‘s production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders” runs now through July 13 at the Park Square Theatre.

He’s back, and he’s here! When a slain body is found in the Ice Palace, Saint Paul’s own J.J. Hill calls the only man to call. The world’s slyest sleuth returns to Park Square to solve his strangest—and closest—murder yet! 

Click here for more info.

Summertime Exhibit: Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space

Open now through August 2

There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging thematic exhibition featuring both emerging and established artists. Summertime will feature 30 pieces from the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s permanent collection, as well as the work of three additional local artists. Fans of celebrated sculptor Paul Manship will be pleased to see his name among the exhibiting artists, as well as Jim Denomie’s acerbic political and social commentary work. Not surprisingly, photography is well represented with images of the quintessential American pastime, the road trip, and souvenirs of travel, by photographers such as Wing Young Huie, Peter de Lory, and Kenda North.

Click here for more info.

SPACE & TIME B-Girl Be 10-Year Reunion Exhibit at Intermedia Arts

Now through August 22

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of B-Girl Be, the first international festival showcasing and celebrating women artists in the elements of Hip-Hop. Encompassing MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, B-Girl Be influenced thousands of artists and audience members since its inception in 2005, challenging and changing the perceptions and roles of women in this revolutionary art form. To commemorate this anniversary, Intermedia Arts presents “Space & Time,” a visual art exhibition that will include new work by artists from previous B-Girl Be exhibitions as well as emerging artists from Hip-Hop scenes around the world.

Click here for more info.

First Look: Artist Day Jobs

MN Original and TPT present: Artist Day Jobs – A series about how artists make it work

Thanks to viewer submissions and suggestions on our social media accounts, the first season of Artist Day Jobs will profile seven Minnesotans who work interesting 9-5′s to support their creative endeavors.

Catch the premiere episode of the web series on the MN Original Facebook page July 8 at 10 a.m. followed by new episodes each Wednesday.

Look for stories from the following artists:

July 8: Drew Erickson – DJ/Pilot

July 15: Georgia Ramin – Rocker/Mail Carrier

July 22: Hannah Wydeven – Improviser/Gym Owner

July 29: Emily Lynch Victory – Painter/Math Trainer

August 5: Malena Handeen – Painter & Musician/Farmer

August 12: Jordan Shiveley – Cartoonist/Sous Chef

August 19: Dan Israel – Musician/State Government

Are YOU an artist with an interesting day job? Let us know on our Facebook page or on Twitter using #ArtistDayJobs.

MNO on the Go: June 28 – July 5

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MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit MNOriginal.org each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

Laura Hallen “standstill” Installation at Silverwood Park

Open now through July 31

Laura Hallen‘s “standstill” installation is on display in Silverwood Park’s gallery space.  The show is Laura’s first site-specific installation, in which she suspended over 5,500 artificial lunaria seedpods. Looking upwards, these pearlescent ovals resemble a cascading mass of stars. It creates an intentional space to reflect on being still. This kind of clarity requires a keen self-awareness in order to remove distractions. “standstill” is an invitation to listen to ourselves and be in the present moment together. There will also be a free yoga class under my installation on July 12th from 11-12:15 am, taught by Amy Patee.

Click here for more info.

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders’

Open now through July 13

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher‘s production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders” runs now through July 13 at the Park Square Theatre.

He’s back, and he’s here! When a slain body is found in the Ice Palace, Saint Paul’s own J.J. Hill calls the only man to call. The world’s slyest sleuth returns to Park Square to solve his strangest—and closest—murder yet! 

Click here for more info.

Summertime Exhibit: Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space

Open now through August 2

There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging thematic exhibition featuring both emerging and established artists. Summertime will feature 30 pieces from the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s permanent collection, as well as the work of three additional local artists. Fans of celebrated sculptor Paul Manship will be pleased to see his name among the exhibiting artists, as well as Jim Denomie’s acerbic political and social commentary work. Not surprisingly, photography is well represented with images of the quintessential American pastime, the road trip, and souvenirs of travel, by photographers such as Wing Young Huie, Peter de Lory, and Kenda North.

Click here for more info.

Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

Friday, July 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

Click here for more info.

Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome at Brave New Workshop

Now through August 1

In ‘Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome’ at Brave New Workshop, the cast will tackle some tough questions about modern society, like: Where does personal freedom begin and end? Why do we look to celebrities instead of scientists for information? Could you take a look at this rash on our leg? These sketches and songs will skewer these issues and more in this satire of epidemic proportions.

Click here for more info.

SPACE & TIME B-Girl Be 10-Year Reunion Exhibit at Intermedia Arts

Now through August 22

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of B-Girl Be, the first international festival showcasing and celebrating women artists in the elements of Hip-Hop. Encompassing MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, B-Girl Be influenced thousands of artists and audience members since its inception in 2005, challenging and changing the perceptions and roles of women in this revolutionary art form. To commemorate this anniversary, Intermedia Arts presents “Space & Time,” a visual art exhibition that will include new work by artists from previous B-Girl Be exhibitions as well as emerging artists from Hip-Hop scenes around the world.

Click here for more info.

First Thursdays Open Studios – NE Arts District

Thursday, July 2

First Thursdays in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is an Open Studio and Gallery Tour held the first Thursday of each month. Many NEMAA member artists and galleries open their doors and invite you into their studios. With a more relaxed atmosphere, this mini-Art-A-Whirl is a great experience for the art collector and browser.

Click here for more info.

2015 Sally Awards Honor the Steeles, Cynthia Gehrig and More

The Ordway Center for Performing Arts honored a new group of arts champions during the 2015 Sally Awards on Monday, June 22.

Since 1992, the annual award ceremony honors individuals and institutions who advocate for and enrich the arts community in Minnesota. Five honorees are recognized each year in five categories: Commitment, Education, Vision, Initiative and Access.

2015 Sally Awards honorees include:

Commitment – Cynthia Gehrig

Cynthia Gehrig serves on the boards for organizations like the Minnesota Humanities Center, Alliance of Artists Communities and Twin Cities Habitat. Watch the MN Original segment below as she discusses the history and work to support Minnesota artists through The Jerome Foundation.

Education – The Steeles

The Steele family has dedicated time to educating and inspiring young musicians for years. Watch the five siblings perform and discuss their multi-faceted careers in the MN Original segment below.

Vision – American Composers Forum

The American Composers Forum has been connecting composers and communities for 40 years. The organization works to provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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Initiative – Theresa Sweetland of the Minnesota Museum of American Art

At the MMAA, Theresa Sweetland is responsible for “ developing relationships with new and current funders in both the public and private sectors, direct fundraising, growing membership, and elevating the museum’s impact and visibility through marketing and communications.”

 

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Access – Edge Center for the Arts

The Edge is a state of the art center in the middle of the north woods which presents wildly unexpected art that changes lives.

 

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Congratulations to all the honorees and thank you to the work you’ve done to support the arts in Minnesota!

6 Thoughts on Art and Criticism in the Digital Age

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Members of the team here at MN Original had the pleasure of attending the first-ever Superscript conference at the Walker Art Center on May 29 – 30. The two-day event brought together arts journalists, producers, organizations and supporters from around the country to discuss an array of topics relating to arts criticism and community in the digital age.

Speakers and panelists represented organizations from the LA Times, Pitchfork, Hyperallergic, Design Observer and many more.

We walked away with new ideas and perspectives that still have us thinking well over a week after the event concluded.

To recap our experience, here are six thoughts that stuck with from Superscript that we want to remember as we continue our work covering the Minnesota arts community on MN Original (trust us, our list is much longer than six items but, you know…brevity.)

ART IS FOR EVERYONE

“Art is a rich part of life, not just something for the rich.” A profound statement from Culture High and Low writer Carolina Miranda and an idea we try to embrace here at MN Original.

When writing or covering art, it’s important to remember to invite people in and not shut people out. One of our goals with MN Original is to make art accessible to viewers. Deep knowledge of or a background in the arts is not required to watch our program. We hope the stories we share broaden the scope of the public’s perception and appreciation of the Minnesota arts community.

(Worth a read: Check out Carolina’s entertaining coverage of Marina Abramovic And Jay Z’s public scuffle here.)

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POSITIVITY AIN’T SO BAD

MN Original is in the business of sharing art rather than critiquing, which is why Isaac Fitzgerald of Buzzfeed Books’ perspective is especially relatable.

Fitzgerald follows the (somewhat controversial) “Bambi Rule” for BuzzFeed Books, which essentially means he only writes positive reviews.

Many asked the question about whether this rule could assert authority or even credibility for his site. While there was much back and forth on the topic between panelists (and on Twitter), Fitzgerald commented that the curation of books he loves is a form of critique in an of itself.

“What I know is a love of books. I just stay in my lane.” – Isaac Fitzgerald

ARTISTS AS FIRST RESPONDERS

In 2011, the Walker Art Center re-launched their programmatic and event driven website into a space that now engages the community, supports artistic expression and reflect’s the institution’s core mission.

Olga Viso, director of the Walker, explained that by inviting artists to contribute content, the site is now a source that provides alternative perspectives and criticism on challenging issues. The move to provide more editorial content is a reaction to the growing number of artists who are using their voices and mediums to respond to issues taking place around the world.

CAN WE DO BETTER THAN ‘LIKES’?

As we’re experiencing a time when the digital sharing culture is so strong, Ayesha Saddiqi of The New Inquiry questioned what the landscape will look like in years to come. Gaining likes and retweets is viewed as a prime social currency today for artists and journalists, but is there something we can do now to ensure a more sustainable method for measuring success online in the future? How can we build a more meaningful experience for our community? It’s the responsibility of the online gatekeepers to sculpt what the art community could be down the line.

WILL WE EVER BUY ART ONLINE?

While there have been brands and companies that have attempted selling art online, a successful formula has yet to be discovered. New York-based writer Orit Gat commented that if there were a market for online art sales, Art Basil would have already figured it out. As the digital landscape for e-commerce evolves, it will be interesting to see if the art world finds a way to play in that space.

DON’T MISS NEW VIDEO EXHIBITS AT THE WALKER

The Walker did an awesome job integrating art (and not just talking about it) into Superscript. There were two screenings of new films commissioned by the Walker Art Center’s Bentson Commission Series that premiered during the conference and will be available to view online for one month in June.

Friday’s session debuted Moyra Davey’s Notes on Blue (2015, 28 minutes) which paid homage to many subjects including Derek Jarman’s Blue (1993) which was released just a few months before the filmmaker death and in some ways was a meditation on his illness.

Afterwards there was a discussion with Moyra who discussed similarities between her and Jarman, including how both had gone partially blind and the insight that struggle lent to each film.

Want More Superscript?

Head to the conference website, Facebook group or Twitter feed for more recaps, resources and video of the panel discussions.

Thank you to the Walker Art Center, MNArtists.org, Hyperallergic and the many other organizations and individuals who made Superscript happen! We’re looking forward to the next one.

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Blog post contributors include the following MN Original team members: Ashleigh V. Rowe – Senior Series Producer, Kate McDonald – Senior Associate Producer, Katie Schutrop – Arts and Music Engagement Specialist

An Evening with Sun Mee Chomet: Creating From Your Own Truth

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be canceling the event Creating from Your Own Truth: An Evening with Sun Mee Chomet. The Humanities Center will be issuing full refunds to all registrants and will be looking for opportunities to reschedule for a future date. Apologies for the inconvenience. Any questions can be directed to Kate Westlund.

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Spend the evening of May 20th with award-winning actor, playwright and MN Original alum Sun Mee Chomet as she shares excerpts from her work and engages participants with theater games, writing activities and storytelling. The event will be geared towards educators but is open to all.

This event is the sixth in a series presented in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Limited seats available.

Register Now

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave. E, St. Paul, MN 55106
Cost: $10 per person, includes light snacks and materials
CEUs: 2 clock hours available upon request

For more details and to register, click here.

Celebrating 5 Years of MN Original

Sure, most recognize April 22 as Earth Day. But did you know it’s also MN Original‘s birthday?

Today marks 5 years since MN Original‘s first broadcast on tpt. Since then, the Legacy-funded program has featured over 600 profiles, 150 episodes and thousands of artists and organizations who make up the vibrant Twin Cities arts community.

Thank you to all the artists, partners, viewers and the state of Minnesota for the support over the years!

Check out the video above for a special tribute to all 600 profiles featured on MN Original.

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