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VITA.MN CELEBRATED ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY, November 2011.
Popular in Minneapolis and St. Paul The Twin Cities going-out guide, which helped to change the cultural landscape of Twin Cities since it
launched in November 2006, gathered its fans and friends in Epic dance club in Minneapolis on Friday, November 18. Its size and a lot of fancy
lighting appeared to be ideal for the Vita.MN 5th anniversary party. 1500 attendees could enjoy Hold Steady band, the Brooklyn-via-Minneapolis  
rockers, cherished locally. Midwesterner New Yorkers impressed the public going straight into the next song non-stop. There also was live
fashion show and faux-nude art installation. Local star, genre-smashing musician Stef Alexander, better known as rapper P.O.S. was great
success. Having filled our photo-bank with several hundreds of new images we left the vibrant club in three and a half hours of the party
kick-off, carrying away the feeling that the celebration was a success.
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June 7, 2013
Minneapolis College of Art and Design inaugurated Art Auction 'Bid, Buy, & Collect with a Purpose'
Table with suspended glass top, 1990 by
Dean Wilson, who received both his BFA and
MFA in Sculpture from the University of
Minnesota. Wilson heads the furniture design
program at MCAD, where he has been teaching
for over thirty years. Wilson uses combinations of
unexpected materials in his works: from cherry
wood to cardboard, stainless steel to fiberglass,
each piece contains an element of experimental
combined with the functional. The table was sold
for $4,750.  
Windshield, 2011, by Michael Kareken, professor of fine arts at  MCAD. He received
the Louise Nevelson Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and
has won Award for printmaking and drawing from the national Academy of Design.His
work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Friderick R. Weisman Art museum and Minnesota
Historic Society.
The picture was sold for $4,200.
My Possible Bending Retreated With
What Was Taken Yet Unused, 2012
by
Gregory Euclide. Was sold for $12,000.
Gregory received his BFA from University of
Wisconsin, 1997; MFA from MCAD, 2008. Gregory
just finished touring London, Brussels,
Amsterdam and Berlin where he was drawing to
the music played by pianist and composer
Lubomir Melnik. Gregory's work is in the
collections of Progressive Corporation, Flint
Institute of Arts, Microsoft Corporation, etc.
Breakethrough, 2012 by Samantha
French.
Was sold for $14,000. She got BFA
in 2005 in MCAD. Her current body of work is
focused on swimmers underwater and
above. In 2006 Samantha received an
individual artist grant from the Five Wings
Arts Council. She is the top selling MCAD
ART SALE artist to date.
Photos and HD videos by Yelena
Kurdymova & Sergey Porada
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VITA.MN CELEBRATES ITS ANNIVERSARY
Featured works of distinguished alumni, faculty
and friends from the past several decades were
actioned in MCAD Main Gallery with proceeds
going to support the MCAD Scholarship fund.
Scholarships help young people launch their  
careers and compete on the market of creative
art.  
Opening bids for works in the auction ranged
from $800 to $3,000.
Starting from one-day event with 10 musicians, the festival has grown into
a weekend-long event on four outdoor stages, venues in just about every
club in
St. Paul and even more jazz in St. Paul Libraries. For three days, over 300
musicians of all ages, national and local, professional and student came
together. The main event of the second day became the performance of
pianist Kenny Werner and his trio. Kenny Werner is one of the most
prolific composers and recording artists in modern jazz. The group, also
featuring Bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and drummer Ari Hoenig, has
been performing together since 1999. Rain and thunderstorms in St. Paul
on the second day of the festival didn’t scare away hundreds of fans
awaiting for the trio in downtown St.
Paul Mears Park, and they were rewarded by brilliant performance and
stopped rain in the evening.
The third day of the festival was marked by the performance of St. Paul
native drummer Matt Slocum with internationally acclaimed tenor
saxophonist
Walter Smith III, inventive pianist Bryan Nicholas and talented bassist
Chris Bates. However, the hit of the evening became the performance of
Cyrus Chestnut Trio with bassist Eric Wheeler and 19-year old drummer
Evan Sherman. Baltimore-based pianist Chestnut created his own unique
style connecting jazz and gospel which he absorbed being the son of Baptist
church organist and choir leader.
June 27-29 2013, St. Paul, MN
Twin Cities Jazz Festival is celebrating 15 years
Cyrus Chestnut Trio. Bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman.
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Kenny Werner Trio.
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Mayor of St. Paul Chris Coleman greeted
participants and guests of the festival
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Matt Slocum (above) and his quartet performing their
opening  composition at the festival (right)
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Walter Smith III
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The 20th Anniversary Basilica of St. Mary
Block Party
July 11 & 12, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN, USA.
The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay
for the structural restoration of The Basilica of Saint Mary. Today,
proceeds from the
event benefit The Basilica Landmark, which preserves, restores, and
advances the historic Basilica
of Saint Mary for all generations. In addition, a portion of all proceeds
from The Basilica Block Party go to The Basilica’s St. Vincent de Paul
outreach program, which provides services to those in
need. This year, during two days, Block Party featured 20 bands and
performers on three stages:
Sun Country Airlines Stage: Crash; The Airborne Toxic Event;
Panic! At The Disco; Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros;
Alpha Rev; Caroline Smith; Ingrid Michaelson; Train.
Preferred One Stage: The Weeks; Eric Hutchinson; Michael Franti and
Spearhead;
The Wild Feathers; Serena Ryder; Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite.
Vita.mn Stage: Stereo Confession; Carroll; Black Diet; Jillian Rae;
BBGUN; Frankie Lee    

Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Minneapolis, MN U.S.A.
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Arts Show of Kim Ballard “Body Language” in The Women’s Club of Minneapolis.
July 17, 2014. Opening reception and artist talk was held in Main Dining Room.
Kim Ballard presented her new works at one artist show of oil paintings, and answered questions of Club members and
invited guests.
Kim loves to capture the body language of people and is always looking for new ways to use figures in a painting. Her new
collection includes street scenes, posed figures, and urban landscape.
“This year I painted a number of scenes that feature stormy skies and have found them to add a lot of emotion, freedom and
drama to a scene.”- said Kim - “While at home or travelling, I am always walking around taking photos, looking for candid
everyday moments, interesting lighting and compositions that have visual joy. I see the simple beauty of people all around
me: a girl walking with umbrella, friends having lunch, a bicycle, casting decorative shadows on the sidewalk…”     
Yelena Kurdyumova & Sergey Porada from Minneapolis, MN U.S.A.
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“Sardinia. The footstep of the God”
Photo exhibition is open till January 2, 2017 in Minneapolis. Minnesota, USA.

The exhibition of 21 photos “Sardinia. The footstep of the God” (Part 1) by Yelena S. Kurdyumova, well-known photo-artist
and sports photographer with European background, opened on November 1, 2016. It caused live interest of the public
and was extended till January 2, 2017.
On December 1, 2016, the exhibition of 13 photos
“Sardinia. The footstep of the God” (Part 2) by an acknowledged
European sports and travel journalist and photographer Sergey A. Porada’s was opened as an extension of the theme of
Yelena S Kurdyumova’s exhibition.
Both exhibitions will be available for viewing till January 2, 2017 in the lobby of University branch of Affinity Plus Federal
Credit Union at 2520 University Av. SE. Working hours: M-F 9 a.m.-5p.m., Sat. 9a.m.-12 p.m.
Attached media releases of the curators of on-going exhibitions contain biographical information of the artists and the
description of the place where the photographs were shot.
The 34 photos are presented in three printing techniques:
-Board-mounted giclee archival pigment print on canvas 12x16” with UV protective finish;
-Print on premium quality designer aluminum plate 11x14, water, scratch, and UV resistant;
-Board-mounted print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Digital Pearl Paper 11x14

Visiting this exhibition gives a good chance to choose the best present for family and friends before holiday season, and
to decorate office interior with unique artistic photos.
If you want more information about this artwork and unique European island-resort Sardinia, please schedule an
appointment with the authors through “contact us” web page.
If this exhibition causes a desire to visit Sardinia for leisure or to participate in our tour for artists and photographers,
please send your request via “contact us” web page. The best way it works is the group of 5+ people.
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Action Immortal Regiment in Minnesota.
St. Paul, Wald War II Memorial, infront of State Capitol.   May 6, 2017
Commemorative action Immortal Regiment, devoted to the veterans of the World War II, began at 11:15 on Saturday 6 May 2017
and lasted for about an hour. The co-organizer of the action was the World War II History Round Table. Several dozen American
veterans of the World War II and Russians permanently living in Minnesota took part in it. The Governor of the State of Minnesota,
Mark Dayton, and the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, sent welcoming addresses to the participants of
the Immortal Regiment in St. Paul, Minnesota, which were read out to the audience.
Photo exhibition “Sardinia. The Footstep of the God.” May
16 – June 30, 2017
North Hennepin Community College
Joseph Gazzuolo Fine Arts Gallery.  
nhcc.edu/finearts
7411 85th Av. N. Brooklyn Park.
Gallery hours: Mon.– Thu. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m – 12 pm.
Opening Reception: Wed., May 24, 6-9 pm. Free admission.
North Hennepin Community College is pleased to announce a Photo
exhibition-contest, consisting of 34 art works by distinguished photo
artists/journalists with European background, members of International
Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Yelena S. Kurdyumova & Sergey A. Porada.
The exhibition gives a chance to see through the lenses of their cameras a
unique autonomous region of Italy, island-resort – Sardinia.
Geologists consider Sardinia to be the first piece of European continent to rise out of the ocean, and archeologists assert that the
island became one of the first places inhabited by man. Sards believe that their island, reminding in shape of a human footstep,
was the first step of the God on the Earth, left by the Creator on the granite rocks, which raised from the Mediterranean Sea. The
Greeks called this island “Ihnuza” - human footprint, and the Romans – “Sandalion” - divine imprint. The main cities of Sardinia
were founded in the Phoenician-Carthaginian and Roman periods of history. Among them is Cagliari (VII-VI century BC), modern
capital of Sardinia, and Olbia (VI-IV century BC), large city and port in the north of the island.
At 7 pm on May 24 the photo artists will tell about their impressions from their participation in two press-tours to Sardinia and will
answer questions.
Will Agar
Art Gallery Director
The finale of the international children's vocal competition "You're Super!" – 2017.
On May 27, 2017, Moscow State Kremlin Palace hosted the finals of the children's international vocal competition "You're
Super!". The contest was attended by the children left without parental care from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Estonia,
Armenia, Georgia, and other countries - former Soviet Union republics. During 5 months NTV channel
(Russia) gave a chance to the participants of the project to improve their skills, and to the audience to enjoy their singing and
admire their talents. The winner was 12-year-old
Valeriya Adleiba from Abkhazia. The fragile Lera delighted the jury and
spectators with the power of her voice and beauty and won the competition.
See and listen: The song of the Winner.
See the Final of the competition ....
NEWS. June 4, 2017.
Those who didn’t have a chance to visit photo exhibition “Sardinia. The
Footstep of the God.” in Joseph Gazzuolo Fine Arts Gallery, of North
Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA, now have
an opportunity to make a virtual tour of the exhibition, seeing 30-minute
video presentation by Yelena S. Kurdyumova on
Runglobalmedia channel
on You Tube.
Celebrating the Russian Language and Culture in Brooklyn Park
On June 9, 2017, in Russian-American Charter School Nasha Shkola located in Minnetonka, the election to the Board of Directors
was held.  Brooklyn Park resident Yelena S. Kurdyumova, founder and owner of International Interpreting, Translation & PR
Services, LLC., was elected Board Director of Nasha Shkola as Community Representative for 1-year term.
On June 27, 2017 Nasha Shkola moved to Brooklyn Park, to 6717 at 85th Ave. North

INTERVIEW WITH VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS YELENA S. KURDYUMOVA.
Nasha Shkola, a multi-cultural charter school committed to academic excellence,
is now enrolling grades K-8 for 2017-18.
The school is notable for well-structured
and thorough curriculum, combining best practices of American and Russian
education.
Main specifics are: tuition-free public school for students from Russian/Slavic
and American heritage families; emphasis on small classes – all core classes
taught in English (except Russian); free bus transportation.
Highly qualified and diverse team of educators teach Core Knowledge curriculum; Singapore Math (plus "Russian" approach to
teaching math); Russian Language and Culture (daily instruction for English and non-English speakers); Russian Studies:
history, geography, literature, music and art (incorporated throughout curriculum and taught in English); Music Program (Choir
and Theater group).
School Structure: daily full-day kindergarten; grades K-8; grades K-4 taught by grade teachers; grades 5 through 8 taught by
subject specialists; school day 8:30 to 3:30; school uniform.
To register today for the 2017-2018 school year or for more information:
(763)496-5550
www.nashashkolamn.org
Facebook: Charter School of Russian Language and Culture “Nasha Shkola”
The finale of the international children's dancing
competition "You're Super! Dance" – 2017.
On December 23, 2017, in Moscow, Russia the finalists of the
children's international dancing competition "You're Super! Dance"
participated in the last stage of the contest. The contest was
attended by the children left without parental care from 13
countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Armenia,
Georgia, Tadjikistan, Latvia and other countries - former Soviet
Union republics. During 5 months NTV channel (Russia) gave a
chance to the participants of the project to improve their dancing
skills, try new dance styles, and to the audience - to enjoy their
performances and admire their talents. The winner was 14-year-old  
Valeria Rodionova from the city of Kostroma, Russia. Second place
was awarded to 13-year old Victor Lukinov from Belgorod, Russia.

See the Best of show
See finals
"You're Super! Dance" – 2017
December 23, 2017
Valeria Rodionova - winner and Victor Lukinov (right) - second place.
NASHA SHKOLA - “HIGH-QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOL“ ELIGIBLE FOR
FEDERAL GRANT.
December 23, 2017
Russian-American Charter School Nasha Shkola moved to Brooklyn Park last
summer. In December 2017 it was identified as a “High-Quality Charter School
“(HQCS) – among other 40, chosen out of 180 Minnesota’s charter schools.
This identification serves the purpose of determining eligibility for a significant
expansion/replication grant from Minnesota’s federal Charter Schools Program
(CSP) grant project.
Maria Rodionova from Belarus
Minnesota Department of Education received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase
charter school quality, authorizer accountability, and charter school sustainability.  
Minnesota’s Federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant Project will increase the number of high-quality
charter schools and students served by them in the state; support charter schools in achieving the goals of
Minnesota’s World’s Best Workforce legislation; increase charter schools’ quality and sustainability through
authorizer training and evaluation.
Identification of grant eligibility is based on a Comprehensive Performance Framework (CPF) that incorporates
multiple measures of school’s academic, operational and financial performance. Only charter schools that have
been in operation for three or more years are eligible to be identified as HQCS.
In spring 2018 Nasha Shkola will get the first opportunity to apply for a federal CSP significant
expansion/replication grant and to become the second charter school in Brooklyn Park awarded such grant.  
Yelena S. Kurdyumova
Vice Chair
Board of Directors
Nasha Shkola
Annual Minnesota Charter School Day was held at State
Capitol on March 7, 2018.  It gave an opportunity for the charter
school community to meet with legislators and urge action of
policy and funding issues that affect charter schools and
students.
In Minnesota, charter schools are tuition free independent
public schools that are open to and welcome all students, no
matter ability or need, and are governed and operated jointly by
licensed teachers, parents and community members.
State Rep. Michael Nelson (District 40A) met in his Capitol office
with representatives of Brooklyn Park charter school Nasha
Shkola: Yelena S. Kurdyumova,- Board Vice Chair, head of
marketing committee, and Sergey A. Porada, - member of
marketing committee.    
Yelena S. Kurdyumova told Rep. Michael Nelson that Nasha Shkola charter school increased the number of
students in 2017-2018 school year to reach 120. Along with basic K-8 curriculum Nasha Shkola teachers Russian
Language, literature, culture, art, to all students interested in getting free of charge foreign language tuition during
9 school years. It is very valuable opportunity, because in the USA there is big shortage of people speaking
European foreign language at a proper level, in addition to English, and especially in US consulates and embassies
abroad.
Rep. Nelson expressed support of Nasha Shkola efforts to attract more students to foreign language learning and
to make the community aware of the need of the people knowing European languages. He mentioned, as an
example, his young family members who learned foreign languages at school and continued education in Europe
to pursue further diplomatic work.      
Yelena S. Kurdyumova singled out that successful operation of Nasha Shkola is slowed down by financial
shortage for coverage of expenses on each student, teacher’s salaries and health insurance, school bus
transportation. Charter school, getting the same amount of financing from the State as traditional public schools,
can’t compete with them. Charter school can’t tax its stakeholders to increase its revenue and can’t own real
property assets to borrow against, unlike traditional public school. Such fixed base budget greatly limits funds for
Nasha Shkola. The highest expense for Nasha Shkola is student bus transportation. Like many other charter
schools, it must find a carrier to bus students across several districts, which is a difficult task. Present bus
company serving Nasha Shkola elevated rates and now bus transportation expense of Nasha Shkola 10 times
exceeds transportation financial aid from the State.   
The problems of Nasha Shkola, discussed by Y. Kurdyumova, caused live interest of Rep. Nelson and met his
understanding. He approved her concerns and said, that though he didn’t serve on the Education Committee, he
would look into it and do what he can to help.
State Rep. Nelson met in Minnesota State Capitol
with innovative Brooklyn Park Charter School
Nasha Shkola.   
 
From left to right: Sergey A. Porada, Yelena S. Kurdyumova, Rep. Michael Nelson.
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Solo Art Exhibition of
Thomas Fluharty opened
on July 20, 2018
      Photo-artist and curator of
art exhibitions Yelena S
Kurdyumova visited on July 20,
2018 the opening reception of
the first solo exhibition “As I was
going along…” of well-known
artist Thomas Fluharty in Inez
Greenberg Gallery at 1800 W Old
Shakopee Rd. Bloomington.
      At this exhibition Thomas is
focusing on pop culture icons,
who have transcended into a
larger than life type status.
      His work has been featured
on covers for Mad magazine, Der
Spiegel, and Time Magazine,
Weekly Standard (over 100
covers), People Magazine,
Entertainment Weekly, Sports
Illustrated, The Village Voice,
Coca-Cola, and the New York
Times.
      Fluharty’s work has received national recognition from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles and
Communication Arts Illustration annuals. He won a gold medal from Spectrum Fantastical Art for his depiction of Hillary Clinton.
His work is also in the personal collections of Astronaut and Senator John Glenn, Pat Boone, Naomi Judd, the late movie director
Robert Altman.
      In the nearest future Yelena will meet with Thomas to shoot video-interview/film about this exhibitionб the artist and his art-
works for Runglobalmedia channel on YouTube. Subscribe to the channel and be happy!
Yelena S. Kurdyumova and Thomas Fluharty near his self-portrait.
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