Hend Al-Mansour questions the role of women in Saudi Arabian society and puts women's rights at the forefront of her work. Deaf writer Raymond Luczak performs his poem Birthright in American Sign Language at the Heights Theater in Minneapolis. Asia Ward sculpts and suspends sculptures she calls "aluminum dreamscapes." Composer Chan Poling's classical and contemporary jazz training inspires his songwriting for musical theater and his alternative rock band, The Suburbs.
MN ORIGINAL (MNO) is Twin Cities public television's award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota's creative community, across all disciplines and all cuLtures. MN ORIGINAL increases awareness of Minnesota artists, art organizations and arts venues, inspires viewers to think about the arts and artists in new ways and cultivates new audiences by promoting a deeper understanding of the creative process and curating contemporary arts in Minnesota for generations to come. The music featured throughout the series is created by and credited to Minnesota musicians. Nearly 400 songs by more than 250 artists in about 100 bands or ensembles are included in the music library.