An Evening with tpt's MN Original

An Evening with tpt’s MN Original is a two-part series of events designed to celebrate and learn from Minnesota’s creative community. At each event an artist from Twin Cities Public Television’s award-winning weekly series MN Original will engage participants in an interactive discussion reflective of the artist’s work. Participants will be introduced to the valuable resource of more than 300 videos and corresponding activity guides, created by the Minnesota Humanities Center through its partnership with MN Original, available online at and the Absent Narratives Resource Collection.

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An Evening with Ka Vang: Artivism — Creating Community Through the Arts

Spend an evening creating art with Ka Vang, Twin Cities Hmong American writer, educator, and “artivist.” During the course of the evening, Vang will read selections from her work, guide the audience in creating a community poem, and discuss how she uses her writings as a tool for social justice and to fight against injustice and oppression. Through interactive exercises, audience members will be encouraged to reimagine common folktales, stories, and poems in innovative ways.

An Evening with Said Salah Ahmed (PDF)
An Evening with Ta-coumba T. Aiken (PDF)
An Evening with E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage (PDF)

About MN Original

MN Original is tpt‘s award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures. MN Original increases awareness of Minnesota artists, arts organizations and arts venues, inspires viewers to think about the arts and artists in new ways and cultivates new audiences for the arts by promoting a deeper understanding of the creative process, curating contemporary arts in Minnesota for generations to come.

The music featured throughout the series is created by and credited to Minnesota musicians. Nearly 4,000 songs by more than 250 artists in about 100 bands or ensembles are included in our music library.

MN Original is made possible by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and the Citizens of Minnesota. Twin Cities Public Television is one of six public television stations in the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA) producing unique, regional series, specials and documentaries.