Poetry helps older writers surprise themselves

Originally published on the Knight Foundation blog, October 5, 2016. Photos and images by Naomi Cohn. We’ve all heard artists explain that the struggle of doing what they do is worth it for the sheer joy of creation. For some artists, though, even making it to a creative space is a struggle unto itself. Naomi … Continue reading Poetry helps older writers surprise themselves

Minnesota, Year Zero

Hello. We’re Minnesota. Prince lives here. Or rather, he did. As you all know, Prince departed last Thursday. It has been a long week here. A long, mournful, celebratory, confusing, contradictory week. Minnesota has turned out in force to pay tribute to our favorite son, flocking to Paisley Park, to First Avenue, to jukeboxes and … Continue reading Minnesota, Year Zero

How they did it: Reaching new audiences with art

Originally published on the Knight Foundation blog, April 6, 2016. Above: Osama Esid and Mizna, STILL / LIFE / SYRIA, Northern Spark 2015, presented by Northern Lights.mn and Mizna, Photo: Ian Plant. An established and supportive community of arts patrons is one of the finest things a city can have, but if the art is … Continue reading How they did it: Reaching new audiences with art