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Oskar Ly, photo by Bill Kelley

Saint Paul Artist Oskar Ly: An Organizer and Ambassador for Hmong Arts

Issue Media Group (The Line's parent company) has launched Creative Exchange, a national online platform for storytelling and resource sharing around creativity and community. Saint Paul artist/organizer Oskar Ly was featured in the first issue.

One of Vorderbruggen's "Starcatcher" windows

Joan Vorderbruggen: Reawakening Empty Storefronts to Their Community Potential

The first article in a new series on Twin Cities artists who build community, activate space, engage viewers, and stimulate interaction or dialogue with their work, and how their creative placemaking helps reveal and enhance community identity.

Ten Thousand Things in "The Music Man," photo by Paula Keller

Ten Thousand Things: Connecting with Communities Through Imaginative Theater

The Minneapolis theater company Ten Thousand Things builds connections  both radical and backed by tradition by telling  stories for intimate and often non-traditional audiences, with the lights up and minimal staging, using the power of communal imagination.

Body/Head, Photo By Annabel Mehran, courtesy Body/Head

Sound.Art MIA and Engaging New Museum Audiences

Museums across the Twin Cities are re-thinking traditional museum practices, to attract and increase engagement with untapped audiences and thrive in the 21st century, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Minneapolis Convention Center plaza, courtesy Kristin Maywire, Urbain DRC

The Creative City Challenge: Public Art with Lasting Influence?

Finalists have been selected for the second annual Creative City Challenge. The winning, interdisciplinary, public-art installation--selected by popular vote this winter--will be open all summer on the Minneapolis Convention Center plaza.

Osage dancers, courtesy College of Design

The Endangered Osage Language Gets a Unicode-Friendly Alphabet

Jessica Harjo, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Design MA program and a current PhD candidate, has sketched out a novel orthography for the Osage language.

Ward 6

Beer, Breweries, Bees, Bikes: The Line's Top Stories of 2013

The Line buzzed in 2013 with articles—many of them in the top 10 most-read of the year—on topics starting with a “b”: beer and architect-designed breweries, beekeeping and bike entrepreneurs among them.

Zachary Vex

Boutique Guitar Gear: Local Inventors Help Musicians Achieve the Holy Grail of Sound

In the world of handmade guitar gear, Twin Cities inventors are known by guitarists the world over for bringing a range of experience and creativity to products that for decades were mass-produced.

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Made in Minnesota: The Makers Coalition and the Renewal of Our Industrial Sewing Heritage

The Makers Coalition is supporting a new generation of industrial sewers and the local makers movement. The coalition brings together 60 businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and service providers to fulfill its mission: To bring back industrial sewing skills, which largely disappeared in America decades ago.


Throughout the U.S., Public Art Engages Communities and Transforms Neighborhoods

Public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buidlings to art in laundormats to temporary art installations that invite public participation, we take a look at public art and how it's changing cities.

Elizabeth Armstrong - Photo courtesy MIA

New Art Meets Old Masters: A Conversation with MIA curator Elizabeth Armstrong

Minneapolis Institute of Arts' first-ever curator of contemporary art talks about how she uses new art to illuminate old art (and vice-versa) in the MIA--and her plans for new forms of community involvement with the museum.
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