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MNO amplifies the power of the arts that connect our diverse communities. This collection of award-winning stories and performances inspires conversation, evokes empathy, challenges perspective and entertains. Thousands of artists and arts organizations have been featured in hundreds of stories, all scored with music created by Minnesota musicians. MNO, made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota, has been produced by Twin Cities PBS since 2010. Want to watch full episodes of MNO? WATCH NOW ON TPT.ORG.
MNO amplifies the power of the arts that connect our diverse communities. This collection of award-winning stories and performances inspires conversation, evokes empathy, challenges perspective and entertains. Thousands of artists and arts organizations have been featured in hundreds of stories, all scored with music created by Minnesota musicians. MNO, made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota, has been produced by Twin Cities PBS since 2010. Want to watch full episodes of MNO? WATCH NOW ON TPT.ORG.
Nelson Mandela

MNO to Document Minnesota Orchestra in South Africa

"Music has the power to unify us," Dr. Makaziwe Mandela remarked as she honored the legacy of her father, former South African President Nelson...

What do we carry when we know we can’t return?

Artist Tara Sweeney: “What do we carry when we know we can't return?" “Curiosity is my risk behavior…with a pen or a brush in my...

“In Her Blood, There Are Mountains,” by Anh Hoa Thi Nguyen

  Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen’s poem "In Her Blood, There Are Mountains" speaks of an era in Vietnam - and much of Southeast Asia - that...

Shanan Custer Just Wants to Keep Working

  Writer, actor, director and Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop alum Shanan Custer draws comedic inspiration from the mundane experiences in life.  When talking about...

DANCE MAKER LAURIE VAN WIEREN CREATES IMPROVISATIONAL WORK

From small spaces to large, dance maker Laurie Van Wieren creates site-specific solo and ensemble improvisation-based work. In addition to her own compositions, Van...

Amy Ballinger Designs Dream Worlds with Photography

Amy Discusses Capturing “Dreams” “Passage” by Amy Ballinger Q: Your first series “Dreams” was exhibited at ditch.Gallery April-June 2018.  Can you describe the series and inspiration behind...

Bon Iver and TU Dance “Come Through” on Recent Collaboration

TU Dance Company members Taylor Collier, Christian Warner, and Elayna Waxse talk about their experience with "Come Through" Q: AS A DANCER, HOW WAS THE...
Al Milgrom with camera

At 95, Al Milgrom is ‘the world’s oldest emerging filmmaker’

  If you grew up in the Twin Cities with an interest in movies, you may have heard the name Al Milgrom. I have always...
Poet Ka Vang

Extraordinary Hmong

Poet and spoken word artist Ka Vang was born at the secret CIA military base in Laos, Long Cheng, at the end of the Vietnam War....

4/7th of Doomtree = SHREDDERS

Shredders, the Doomtree quartet featuring Lazerbeak, Sims, P.O.S, and Paper Tiger, released their debut album Dangerous Jumps, in the Fall 2017. Performing at the Palace...