MN Original Videos

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.

Emily Gray Koehler

Printmaker Emily Koehler’s reduction woodblock prints are nature scenes informed by a childhood split between the farm and the forest. After an initial print is made, Koehler builds a corresponding collagraph out of a rigid surface, collected prairie grasses and glue, to which she applies ink and runs through a press atop the original print. The result is an added layer of texture which makes the two-dimensional print more dynamic. Koehler lives and works in White Bear Lake.


HUGE Theater

HUGE Improv Theatre hosts and performs scene-based improvised theater, conjuring hilarity seven nights a week. From their humble beginnings producing "HUGE Wednesdays" in South Minneapolis, HUGE has become the nexus of improvised theater in the Twin Cities. HUGE showcases the range of "scenic improv" with a live show and a special on location performance at the Uptown Diner.


Bryan Nichols Quartet, "Stories About Stories"

The Minneapolis jazz community is known for collaboration and cross pollination, and here at the TPT studios we were lucky to be joined by the Bryan Nichols Quartet, a group of four well-known veterans - JT Bates, James Buckley, Michael Lewis and Bryan Nichols.


Science Museum of Minnesota Ethnology Collection

The Science Museum of Minnesota preserves a collection of over 10,000 Native American objects. Nearly 1,500 objects in the collection are from the Dakota and Anishinabe tribes. According to Curator of Ethnology Tilly Laskey, the collection is one of the “best kept secrets in the Midwest”. Included in this collection are artifacts from Bishop Whipple, the first Episcopalian Bishop in Minnesota to work with the Dakota and other Native American tribes in 1860s.


Mathew LeFebvre, costume designer for Guthrie's A Christmas Carol

Costume and set designer Mathew LeFebvre creates nearly 200 new wardrobe changes refreshing Guthrie Theater’s classic, A Christmas Carol.