An Evening with tpt's MN Original

An Evening with tpt’s MN Original is an event designed to celebrate and learn from Minnesota’s creative community. At each event an artist from tpt’s award-winning weekly series MN Original will engage participants in a discussion reflective of the artist’s work. Participants will be introduced to 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 Xavier Tavera: Creativity Across Disciplines

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
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

Spend an evening inspiring creativity with photographer Xavier Tavera. Through a hands-on and easy-to-replicate photography workshop, Tavera will engage, encourage, and imbue confidence in participants. Tavera will also facilitate a discussion on the meaning of creativity and how creativity applies to life outside of Art. Cameras and camera phones are not required to participate, though if you have one, please bring it to share.

After moving from Mexico City to the United States, photographer Xavier Tavera learned what it meant to be part of the immigrant community subculture. Through associated feelings of alienation, Tavera shifted his work to focus on shedding light on the lives of those who are traditionally marginalized. Tavera’s images offer insight into the diversity of our communities and have been shown nationally and internationally including Chile, Uruguay, and China. His work is part of the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Plains Art Museum, and the Weisman Art Museum. He is a recipient of a McKnight Fellowship, a Jerome Travel Award, a MN State Arts Board Grant, and a Bronica scholarship.
An Evening with Ka Vang (PDF)
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.