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Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art

Annie talks about a few events this week, some virtual, some in person (with masks, of course) and some that are either. These include:

- online artists workshops offered by Springboard for the Arts in media preservation and e-commerce, 

- an in-person exhibition of the art of graduating studetns of Great Lakes Adcademny of Fine Art, and

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"Dr. Vainio, I'm so glad you were there," she said.

It is often during critical events in healthcare that medical students learn from their mentors.

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The Climate Emergency Poetry Series' next event is May 16, and this, the eighth iteration, is the "out-of-towners" edition. 

Co-founder (with John Herold) Phil Fitzpatrick says he hopes participants and/or audience members get start "their own climate gig" in their communities" whatever it takes to get folks paying attention - and thinking.

Freelance illustrator and University of Minnesota instructor John Owens didn't grow up heading to the Boundary Waters every summer, but once he went, he was hooked.

John Owens talked about how different artists capture inspiration, the fragility of stepping outside your comfort zone, and how you know when you have something good, this week on MN Reads.

John also mentioned a "teachable companion" to his book and you can find it here.

Art majors never dreamed their senior exhibitions would look like this.

And yet even as museums and galleries all over the country are casting about for options to packing people into their physical spaces, college students are making their exhibitions happen, pandemic or no pandemic.

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"I deserve to die alone, Dr. Vainio. I was never any kind of father and I stopped at the bar on my way home every time I got paid. I never took him to a park or swimming or to a fair. I wasn’t any better husband than I was a father. I told my wife she was the cause of my drinking. Maybe I was wrong,” he smiled grimly, “they’ve been gone for over thirty years.”

Sam Zimmerman

Sam Zimmerman is taking a class to re-learn his language, Ojibwemowin.

He laughs his efforts are making his ancestors' ears bleed, but if Sam's ancestors have been keeping track of him, chances are they're pretty proud.

One look at the whimsical cover illlustration for Kao Kalia Yang's Yang Warriors, and you're pretty sure what it's going to be about: a band of plucky little kids who accomplish something marvelous amidst hilarity and hijinks.

Those illustrations by Billy Thao (in his debut) are just the right touch of leavening.  As the story keeps you turning pages, you begin to see a darker side of the tale that Yang says "she carried inside of her for a long time."

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Phil Fitzpatrick is almost always poetic, even when he's pessimistic.

He wrote in a recent column in the Duluth News Tribune:

"After years of trying to understand and solve climate change, there are new distractions, the pandemic being only the most existential. The economy, race relations, immigration, our divided country, gun violence, and more all add weight and gloom. But hanging over Earth like an increasingly sodden, ominous cloak of misery is the unrelenting warming of the atmosphere."

But Phil's not a guy to wallow in despair.  He and local activist John Herold co-founded the Climate Emergency Poetry series, and last Sunday's event featured student poets from local high schools and universities.

Sometimes a dose of young people's optimism and passion is just what you need.

Once again, the Duluth Superior Film Festival and AICHO will team up for the AICHO & DSFF Indigenous Film Screening Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.  

Award winning writer Linda Hogan is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, and essayist. She has written extensively on the natural world, and indigenous perspectives on nature and knowing.

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What is democracy?  Are its underpinnings being eroded?  Is it being threatened?  What, if anything can we do about it?

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The first of the spring ephemerals have popped up in the woods, the vernal ponds are flourishing and things are greening and budding all over.

Larry Weber says the walk you take today won't be the same as yesterday's or tomorrow, so you'd better make sure to get out as often as possible.

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