As communities across the globe work to suppress the spread of COVID-19, Arts@MSP invites you to reconnect with Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport through the arts.
MSP’s art collection is inspired by the landscapes, the people, the animals, and the diverse cultures of Minnesota. Richly saturated mosaics grace the restrooms. Thoughtfully designed sculptures surprise guests with innovative use of materials and techniques. Gorgeous inlaid floors delight passengers with meaningful content and superior craftsmanship that will stand the test of time.
Make your world more colorful with coloring pages for children of all ages and abilities. Learn about the art collection at MSP Airport and engage with Minnesota’s creative community while non-essential travel is restricted.
Until you’re ready to fly again, have fun, relax, unwind, and #StayCreative with Arts@MSP, all from the comfort of home.
Flying Colors is a suite of free coloring pages based on MSP’s art collection and exhibitions. Download your favorites from the available options below.
Arts@MSP has partnered with talented authors from Minnesota to share their work for the series Story Hour.
The Shared Room by Kao Kalia Yang
Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Yang’s newest book, The Shared Room, was released on June 9, 2020. In the fall of 2020, Yang will have two new books, a collective memoir about refugee lives titled Somewhere in the Unknown World and another book for children called The Most Beautiful Thing. Kao Kalia Yang is also a teacher and public speaker.
Ely Eagle Learns to Fly by Deb Cotterman
Debra Cotterman is a life-long Minnesotan who still (kind of) believes that animals talk to each other when people aren’t looking. In the seventh grade she wrote an essay stating she wanted to be a writer when she grew up, and here, only fifty years later, is her first book. Debra is a mom, a bookstore owner, and a reader and collector of children’s books. She currently lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
Jack & the Ghost by Chan Poling
Jack Cooper, last in a long family line of fishermen, lives alone in the remote North Shore town of Greyshore, haunted by grief. But he will discover what it means to be truly haunted when a ghostly woman appears to lure him to land’s end, to the beckoning waves that have broken his heart. In a tale weird and whimsical, as familiar as folklore and as strange as life itself, musical artists Chan Poling and Lucy Michell create a world where even the most hardened soul has to see that grief may be tough, but life is tougher.
As Jack’s childhood friend, the loyal and endlessly optimistic Red, tries to counter the ghost’s allure, the story exerts its own charm, guiding us through a landscape of prose and pictures at once irreverent and dead serious. Though the book’s surreal seduction might call to mind the likes of Wes Anderson, Edward Gorey, or the Decemberists, it is, finally, Poling and Michell’s singular accomplishment, an enchanting imaginative leap into life’s haunted depths.
Chan Poling is a founding member of the seminal New Wave rock group The Suburbs and the popular jazz/cabaret trio The New Standards. His work in theater includes scores for the Tony Award-winning troupe Theatre de la Jeune Lune and the Ivey Award-winning Glensheen. He has been reviewed, featured, and lauded in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, and Rolling Stone, among many others.
Lucy Michell is a musician and artist whose illustrations can be found on countless band posters, album covers, kids’ menus, and even T-shirts for Target. She has written and performed with Twin Cities darlings Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, pop rock crew Little Fevers, and in collaboration with Chan Poling and John Munson.