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By Laura Quinlan, Rhythm Foundation After three years producing the monthly Big Night in Little Haiti, Rhythm Foundation director Laura Quinlan jumped at the chance to visit the source. Getting to know Little Haiti means falling in love with Haitian culture, and Laura was honored to join a National Performance Network cultural tour in Port-au-Prince […]

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At a young age, Ronald Boo Parker experienced quite a few downfalls in life. Before throwing his hands up in the air and giving up, he transformed what seemed to be a troubled life into a blessing. The trials and tribulations he went through helped him to create content for songs and eventually stage productions […]

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When I first encountered the poems in Kathryn Kysar’s 2011 collection, “Pretend the World,” I was struck, most of all, by the expansiveness of her voice and vision. Here’s a thumbnail description of the collection, from my review of her book written shortly after it was published: The St. Paul-based poet speaks for herself, of […]

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Baba Israel.

I locked myself out of my house yesterday. I had woken up and decided to wash my clothes before morning coffee. This led me directly to the laundry room in the garage when, for some magical reason, the door locked behind me. Wearing nothing but dirty clothes I dug out of the laundry and bed […]

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Ok, what’s it going to be like? Did you ever have that reaction when you want to go to some place brand new and don’t quite know what to expect? You might if you’re wanting to take in an indie film at the brand-new The Nightlight Cinema, a product of Akron Film+Pixel, a Knight Arts […]

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In artist Mary Fortuna’s own words, she’s had the habit of “making stuff” for as long as she can remember. Playing, for her, was mostly making dolls and doll clothes, puppets, stuffed animals and toys, drawings, little books, whatever. “My mom was smart enough to make materials and tools available, and to let us alone […]

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Almost a month ago now the McColl Center for Visual Art underwent a partial transformation, changing its name to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. “As part of our 15-Year Anniversary Celebration, we are recalibrating, recreating, and reimagining….We are dedicated to empowering artists to advance community and change lives through art,” announced their e-mail […]

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By Mary Kerr, Creative Capital Taller means “workshop” in Spanish, so it was fitting that Creative Capital offered Taller profesional de desarollo para artistas at Taller Puertorriqueño in April in Philadelphia. Known as “The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia,” Taller Puertorriqueño is a community-based multidisciplinary arts organization whose work bridges European, African, Caribbean and Latino societies and cultures. They […]

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By Kirstin Wiegmann, Forecast Public Art Roosevelt High School, a public school located in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood of South Minneapolis, has been quietly working on plans for a large scale outdoor sculpture for the school and the larger community. In collaboration with Forecast Public Art and artist Randy Walker, the Connections Gallery is a permanent […]

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By Jack Becker, Forecast Public Art  After months of planning with dozens of artists and creative business leaders in the neighborhood surrounding Forecast Public Art, the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) was transformed on June 14 into a one-day pop-up cultural park to celebrate the launch of the new Green Line light rail connecting Minneapolis and […]

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