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Ice sculptures displayed in St. Paul's Annual Winter Carnival on Thursday, Jan. 28. This year marks the 135th Anniversary of the first carnival.

Neither cold nor COVID-19 can stop the St. Paul Winter Carnival

Nina Raemont
February 11, 2021
This year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival was a celebration of the city and the 135-year-old winter festival.
Starasea Nidiala Camara poses for a portrait in front of the exhibition she curated at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday, Jan. 28. The exhibition features African American artists, centering the work of artists from the “Black Belt” region of the South.

Minneapolis Institute of Art premieres new exhibition curated by UMN undergrad

Nina Raemont, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
February 1, 2021
Starasea Nidiala Camara curated Mia’s newest exhibition, “In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art.”
Co-owner and art director Cassie Garner speaks with gallery patron Sam Morgen at Gamut Gallery in Minneapolis on Sept. 29, 2018.

Annual lobbying day for the arts goes online

Megan Phillips
January 28, 2021
Amid a state budget deficit, advocates lobby for “essential” art funding as part of Arts Advocacy Day.
The site of Black Table Arts, a new cooperative space for black artists to gather, discuss community issues, collaborate, and create on Friday, Jan. 22.

Black Table Arts Cooperative set to open new space

Nina Raemont, Arts & Entertainment Reporter
January 25, 2021
The multi-purpose creative space for Black artists opens on Feb. 25, and puts art and community organizing at the center of their mission.
“A year ago my sister gave me this wood-burning kit and I have loved drawing all sorts of animals, showing the beauty with these creatures” Sarah Copeland discusses her love of wood-burning and nature in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Students use ‘pandemic hobbies’ to look forward to post-pandemic life

Nina Raemont
January 22, 2021
Students and recent grads have found positive ways to occupy themselves as the pandemic rages on.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art on Monday, Dec. 7. The MIA will be reopening to the public on January 28.

Open or closed? Local museums welcome back visitors as COVID-19 restrictions lift slowly

Frankie Carlson, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
January 22, 2021
As we emerge from a period of statewide closures mandated by Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order in November, some local museums are beginning to reopen.
Heat of the week: Profanity, bad boys and a new cafe

Heat of the week: Profanity, bad boys and a new cafe

Frankie Carlson
January 20, 2021
Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.
Acting student and artist Nnamdi Darlington poses for a portrait in his studio in front of his artwork in Como on Tuesday, Dec. 1. “I’m so grateful because I’ve really learned how to love where you come from,” said Darlington, a Twin Cities artist. “At the end of the day, it’s the place that has shaped you and molded you into who you are, and you can’t remove that. You can’t separate the environment from the experience.”

UMN theater student builds himself an empire of artistry

Meg Bishop, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
December 8, 2020
Nnamdi Darlington talks about collaborative efforts with local artists and plans for his upcoming first EP.
Elizabeth Abraha stitches a new mask at her home on Monday, Nov. 30. “I’ve always been a creative person, and now this is my way of making my thoughts real.”

Local artist stitches politics into handmade masks

Frankie Carlson, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
December 1, 2020
Elizabeth Abraha started a business selling face coverings embroidered with powerful political statements on Instagram.
A digital image hangs on the wall of the Mineapolis Institue of Art on Saturday, Nov. 14.  The artist, Cara Romero, descends from the Chemehuevi people and comes from a family of potters. According to the museum’s description, the woman represents the spirit “Clay Lady,” who provides clay for potters.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month every month through Mia’s virtual offerings

Nina Raemont, Arts and Entertainment Reporter
November 21, 2020
Though November is nationally recognized as Native American Heritage Month, celebration and education of Indigenous art is available at the Minneapolis Institute of Art year-round.