MNO has had a partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center since the early days of season one and we recently teamed up with them to co-present the first of a new event series, An Evening with Minnesota Original. The inaugural event was held on November 15 at the MHC and the intention of the series is to bring together educators and local artists to discuss the creative process and explore MNO’s educator-ready content.

Photo courtesy Uchefotography.

Multi-disciplinary phenoms and MNO alums Shá Cage and E.G. Bailey led a rousing discussion on engaging students across disciplines through the arts—specifically spoken word poetry. From their dynamic spoken-word introductions of themselves to a participatory book-making activity to their interactive closing ritual, Shá and E.G. had the attendees eating from the palms of their hands (and begging for more when the time was up!). Educators walked away with concrete activities to implement in their classrooms, artists got to exercise their own creativity and community members received a fascinating history lesson on the roots of spoken word (did you know RAP stands for Rhythm And Poetry??).

MN Original presents an extensive catalog of similarly intriguing artists which teachers can bring into the classroom by way of the accompanying activity guides, searchable on our Educators page. Our ever-growing collection of more than 250 activity guides is written for educators by educators at the Minnesota Humanities Center.

The next event in the series will take place on February 28 with public artist Ta-coumba Aiken. Stay tuned for more details by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up for our newsletter!