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Metric: Breathing Underwater at Rock The Garden 2013

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Silversun Pickups: The Pit at Rock The Garden 2013

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Bob Mould Band: Round the City Square at Rock The Garden 2013

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Rock The Garden 2013

Statement from MN Original and tpt Regarding Local Hip Hop Event

We understand and are fully supportive of the decision by our friends and colleagues at MPR to postpone this production. Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) and MN Original look forward to continuing our good work with the hip hop community and Minnesota’s entire artistic community.

Dianne Steinbach
David Roth
The entire MN Original staff

February Educator Workshop with Ka Vang

Join us the evening of February 6 for an interactive presentation by Hmong American writer, educator and artist/activist Ka Vang.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Location: Minnesota Humanities Center
Cost: $10 (includes hors d’oeuvres and materials)
Intended Audience: K-12 Educators (though all are welcome)
Clock Hours: 2 clock hours available upon request

During the course of the evening, Vang will read selections from her work, guide the audience in creating a community poem and discuss how one can use writing as a tool for social justice. Participants will leave with  a copy of Vang’s children’s book, Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon, a DVD of the MN Original episode in which Vang appears, a set of corresponding activity guides and a fresh way to approach folktales, storytelling and poetry in the classroom.

Space is limited, so register today!

(In case you missed it, here’s Vang’s segment:)

MNO Social

Join us on Thursday, December 5 for MNO Social!

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Here’s your chance to mingle with MN Original producers, meet some of the featured artists, and find out what’s ahead in Season 5— all while noshing on treats from Icehouse Restaurant. Dan Corrigan and Gabriel Douglas from 4onthefloor will talk about their experiences on the show. It’s free! Doors at 5pm. Programming starts at 6pm. RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

MNO Receives 5 Upper Midwest Regional Emmys®

When MN Original first started in 2009, our producers made a decision to not cast a host for the show. The thought behind this decision was that a host would only serve to distract focus from the art & artists in the Twin Cities’ creative community. As MN Original has grown, we’ve continued to keep the show 100% “locally-sourced” with a focus on local arts; all the music used to soundtrack our profiles is from Minnesota-based musicians, for example. We live in a truly unique community in the Twin Cities specifically, and the State of Minnesota, more broadly. The existence of the Legacy Amendment is proof of that, and the local artists we collaborate with underscore that originality and uniqueness every week on MN Original. We couldn’t help but reflect on this when MN Original received 5 awards at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmys®. Thank you to the Citizens of Minnesota, and to all the artists, organizations, and individuals who have helped make MN Original possible. Your creativity and spirit will always be the focus of what we do.

Below is a round-up of our Emmy® winning videos:

Category 22A: Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Single Story
Capturing a Community: Xavier Tavera

 

Category 24: Informational/Instructional – Single Story
The Nomadic Press – Kent Aldrich

 

Category 26: Magazine Program
Minnesota Original: Episode #423
JoAnn Verburg, Marion McClinton + Cloud Cult

 

Category 28: Special Event Coverage
Rock The Garden 2012

MN Original‘s Ryan Klabunde was also awarded an Emmy® in the category of Editor – Program (Non-News).

Stationwide, tpt was recognized with 11 Upper Midwest Regional Emmys®.

MNO Alumni at the Fair

The gates for the Great Minnesota Get Together don’t open for another couple days, but Minnesota arts fans already have plenty to get excited about: 2013 Fine Arts Competition winners were announced at last night’s Fine Arts Preview Night. With all of the winners’ art collected under one roof at the Fine Arts Center, the State Fair actually serves as Minnesota’s largest juried art exhibit. This year, part of the Fine Arts Center will also be turned from gallery into a studio space as part of Studio: HERE, which will provide a rare glimpse into how art is created. MNO alumni are well-represented between Studio: HERE participants and Fine Arts Competition winners. We’ve got a video round-up of MNO alumni and 2013 Fine Arts Competition winners at the bottom of this page. To get more perspective on the State Fair’s Fine Arts exhibition, we spoke with Kyle Fokken, who was featured on MN Original #317, and also received a 3rd Place Award in Sculpture this year.

MNO: What have your experiences participating in the Fine Arts exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair been like?

Kyle Fokken: I love the Minnesota State Fair Art Show! I think there is so much wonderful variety that it hits so many tastes and styles. You never know who the juror is and what he or she will think of your work and whether it will make it in the exhibition. The visual arts community (at least in the metro) is a small community and everyone knows most everyone else and/or their work, making it a politically challenging exercise. I think this is my third “Third Place” award which makes me pleased, but I’d still like something higher.

As an artist, you always feel that your work is the best until you see work that blows yours out of the water and demands your respect. I always learn something new whenever I go and I appreciate the opportunity to show with so many great artists of all disciplines.

MNO: What does this award mean to you?

KF: Gas in the car and money to pay the photographer. If you are lucky or want to splurge, you can pay it forward and use it as an opportunity to buy someone else’s artwork. Being a working artist means that you celebrate the victory of winning an award but at the end of the day you need those funds to help you to keep on doing what you’re doing. With my piece “Song of the Flying Dutchman,” I would love it to be the centerpiece of someone’s lovely home or as part of a public art collection in an art or musical institution. It is one of my favorite pieces and I just love the romance that comes with the merger of classical music, sailing ships and the open sea. I have a ‘violin’ version in bronze in case anyone is interested. Please see my website for details – www.kylefokken.com. (Shameless plug, of course.)

MNO: How is showing at the Minnesota State Fair different than any other ‘arts only’ shows?

KF: I think it is very egalitarian from both the artists and the viewer’s perspective. In most art shows you have to have a body of work to submit whereas the Fair only allows for one piece. This allows beginners and professionals to compete side by side and mixes things up a bit which keeps the event fresh. I also like the idea that there is truly something for everyone.  This exhibit allows me to show my work to a larger audience who may never have been to an art show or would never venture into a gallery. It also allows viewers to visually ‘taste’ a variety of different artistic ‘flavors’ and develop a richer ‘pallet’ and better artist ‘taste’.

It’s always hard to know if this sampling will lead to sales, but I look at it as part of my overall marketing strategy since so many people see the show and it is highly regarded in the artistic community. Best of all, it’s free!

 

MNO Alumni &  2013 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Award Recipients

Maren Kloppmann (from MN Original #109): 1st Place, Ceramics/Glass; 1st place from Northern Clay Center; 1st Place from Tweed Museum of Art

Kyle Fokken (from MN Original #317): 3rd Place, Sculpture

John Largaespada (from MN Original #207): 3rd Place, Photography

Scott Lloyd Anderson (from MN Original #204): Honorable Mention, Oil/Acrylic/Mixed Media

Faye Passow (will be featured on a new episode of MN Original in the Fall): Honorable Mention, Prints

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Kurt Seaberg (will be featured on a new episode of MN Original in the Fall): Honorable Mention, Prints

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2013 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Results (click on photo below for full pdf):

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MNO and Northern Spark: An Insomniac Art-Lover’s Dream

Like what you see on MN Original every Sunday? Need more local art in your life? Want to experience the Minnesota arts scene first-hand? Do you suffer from insomnia? If any of the above resonates with you, you’re in for a treat.

Ghosts of the Twin Cities.

MN Original and tpt are proud to sponsor Northern Spark 2013 in Lowertown, St. Paul. Not only will MN Original / tpt be the only media partner for the all-night arts festival, but we’ll also be presenting a live concert by Mayda during the opening ceremony to kick the festival off right. After that, tpt will open its doors to host an arts installation, Ghosts of the Twin Cities, right here at our Lowertown studios. TPT‘s Studio A, the largest TV studio in the state, will transform into a virtual time-traveling device through this interactive audio and video installation, which projects vintage TV footage from tpt‘s archives onto large-scale translucent panels. Meanwhile, motion-sensitive cameras create a ghostly live feed of onlookers, superimposed on footage from the past.

Festival attendees can also relax in the skyway outside our studios to view back-to-back segments of MN Original throughout the night. After all, it just wouldn’t be a great local arts festival without MNO championing the cause!

Jim Campbell, Scattered Light, Upper Landing, Northern Spark, 2011. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec.

Northern Spark, now in its third year, is a free, all-night arts and music festival. Each year, the festival collaborates with organizations and artists to sponsor and facilitate arts projects around the city.

In years past, the festival has featured over 200 artists, 52 cultural organizations and 40,000 attendees in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Not too shabby.

This year’s festival will begin at sunset (8:58 p.m.) on June 8 and go until sunrise on June 9. Visit the Northern Spark website for more information.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more updates and exciting announcements regarding this partnership and the highly anticipated tpt / MN Original installation and concert.

You can also re-live the magic of Northern Spark 2012 by reading MN Original’s blog post from last year and checking out photos in our flickr gallery.

Join us on June 8! And (pardon our French) viva la Minnesota arts and music!

 

 

Lowertown Announce

The Lowertown Line Returns

World’s Largest Lite-Briter to Present at Public Event February 28

Move over World’s Largest Cheeseburger, World’s Largest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Gathering and World’s Largest Ball of Twine! Saturday, February 16, Minnesota added to its Guinness World record tally with the World’s Largest Lite-Brite.

Forever Saint Paul, Ta-coumba Aiken.

 

Lite-Brite volunteers help build the installation.

The artist behind this audacious feat is none other than MNO alum Ta-coumba Aiken! Over the course of three weeks, Ta-coumba led a small army of more than 600 volunteers—everyone from federal court judges to homeless people—in the completion of the 12-by-24 foot installation, an original work entitled Forever Saint Paul.

With Ta-coumba’s shining reputation and never-ending charisma, it’s no wonder we snatched him up as the speaker for our upcoming event, An Evening with Ta-coumba Aiken: Celebrating Our Similarities and Differences, co-presented by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Next Thursday, February 28 from 7-9 p.m., join us at the Minnesota Humanities Center for a lively discussion and interactive art project which will explore our similarities and exalt our differences!

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The event is open to the public but particularly interesting to educators who can earn 2 CEUs. The cost is $10 and includes light snacks and materials. Participants will also leave with a DVD copy of MN Original Episode #220 and a set of corresponding activity guides to use in the classroom.

If you’re impressed by Ta-coumba’s Lite-Brite finesse, you won’t want to miss him speak in person! Hope to see you there!