Twin Cities Public Television flipped the switch on MnOriginal.org Monday. The site — and a half-hour weekly Thursday 7:30 p.m. TPT2 show debuting April 22 — will cover Minnesota’s arts scene.
As an admirably blunt opening video makes clear, sales tax bucks funded “Minnesota Original” — specifically Legacy Fund money to “explore, promote and preserve” the state’s creative scene, which is defined ultimately as “anything you can think of.” Among those involved ace videographer and mnoriginal.org web guru Chuck Olsen (“Eskimo Witch”) and David Gillette, an illustrator-journalist who covered the Copenhagen global climate change conference for MinnPost.
Though there are other videographers chronicling the state’s art scene — Matt Peiken’s “Three Minute Egg” comes to mind — “Minnesota Original” will get a hefty TPT promotional push, and the work already displays a nice level of polish and breadth. While government-mandated promotion isn’t a journalistic value, the state does have a terrific arts scene and it will be fun to watch the TPT pros try to capture it.