About Mn Artists
Mn Artists is a dynamic online community for Minnesota artists working in every discipline. A cornerstone of the Minnesota arts community since 2001, Mn Artists is home to a web-based information hub showcasing artistic practices across the state, responsive arts writing, and public programs that engage artists and audiences. As a program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to raising the visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists, and cultural dialogue, and connecting artists to information, professional opportunities, audiences, and each other.
Mn Artists is made possible by generous support from the McKnight Foundation.
Mn Artists History
Originally launched in 2001 as a joint project of the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center, mnartists.org began as a digital directory of Minnesota artists, a free resource for artists of all disciplines and career stages working across the state. Throughout the 2000s and early 2010s, the site expanded to include news and articles, collections of artworks, an events calendar, artist opportunities, and an email newsletter. In addition, Mn Artists developed a variety of live, “offline” programs, hosted at the Walker Art Center and with many partner organizations in the Minnesota arts community. In November 2014, the organization completed a major redesign of its website, thanks to support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, including revitalized arts journalism and discursive programming.
Currently, Mn Artists highlights the voices and practices of local artists by engaging them as guest editors, who commission original arts writing, and as guest curators of multidisciplinary events at the Walker Art Center as part of the series Mn Artists Presents. Mn Artists continues to be a hub for information, artist-to-artist connections, and critical conversation, shining a spotlight on the breadth and rigor of artistic practice in Minnesota.
Mn Artists Staff
Emily Gastineau has worked with Mn Artists since 2014, supporting almost every aspect of the program, including website development, content strategy, outreach, live programs, and editorial. As Program Manager of Mn Artists, she collaborates with guest artist and curators to produce the Mn Artists Presents program series at the Walker Art Center, and coordinates guest editors to commission original arts writing for mnartists.org. Gastineau is an active choreographer, performer, and writer, as well as one of seven artistic directors of Red Eye Theater. Her work has been presented across the United States and Europe, often with Billy Mullaney as part of the performance duo Fire Drill. www.emilygastineau.com www.fire-drill.org
Alanna Morris-Van Tassel is Mn Artists’ Outreach Coordinator, developing the program’s digital strategy and organizing live outreach events to strengthen Minnesota’s arts community. She is a dancer, choreographer, educator and producer. After a 10-year career with TU Dance, she ventured out on her own, developing solo projects and commissions, spearheading community-driven initiatives, and investing in arts education. She has presented work in Brooklyn, New York; Trinidad; and the Twin Cities. A multifaceted professional, Morris-Van Tassel brings experience in dance performance, technical theater, education, and community organizing to bear on her work with Mn Artists.
Kaya Lovestrand’s primary work at Mn Artists includes managing the organization’s social media accounts, administering newsletters, and maintaining and researching content for the Events and Opportunities pages. Lovestrand’s skills have grown through the administrative and creative support she has done for a diverse array of organizations, collectives, and independent artists in Minnesota and beyond. She is a choreographer, performer, ceramicist, and eager collaborator with artists of many disciplines.
Nik Nerburn is an artist based in Duluth. While working as an educator and exhibiting artist, he also develops long-term documentary projects that tell stories about communities, document change, and enlarge the common life. As Outreach Associate for Mn Artists, he’s focused on outreach to Minnesota’s rural communities, small towns, and First Peoples. He believes that all artists should have opportunities to develop their practice, no matter where they happen to live.
About the Mn Artists Pass
The Mn Artists Pass program offers local artists especially affordable, year-round access to the Walker Art Center. Active Mn Artists members working in all disciplines are eligible to apply for the $25 annual pass, which includes the following benefits:
- Unlimited free admission to the Walker Art Center galleries
- Discounts on select Walker and Mn Artists events
- Tuition discounts for Mn Artists workshops and lectures
- Special ticket offers to select Walker lectures, workshops, and performing arts events
- Subscription to Mn Artists’ bimonthly newsletter
Please note: The Mn Artists Pass does not include the full complement of mailings, discounts, or events that accompany a Walker membership.