2015 Speakers

Dan Chouinard is a pianist and accordionist for a diverse and distinguished roster of artists in the Twin Cities and beyond including Prudence Johnson, Maria Jette, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling, James Sewell Ballet and Vocalessence. As a musician and writer he’s regularly commissioned to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society, and others.

D J Gramann II is an accomplished costume artisan who has worked as a draper/tailor in the Guthrie’s Costume Department since 2006. He is passionate about clothes, their history and construction, and has a particular affinity for the avant-garde. Gramann received the Gen Art Fashion Design Award for his newspaper and garbage bag line entitled “Trash Bash.” In addition to stage and screen credits in the U.S., his work has appeared London and Amsterdam.

Todd Melby is a reporter and the lead producer of Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota, a television documentary. His stories have aired on U.S. public radio stations, including national shows such as Marketplace and The Story. Melby is a recipient of a 2013 McKnight Media Maker Fellowship, administered by IFP-Minnesota and funded by the McKnight Foundation.

Andy Skoglund is an engineer and bike designer with Surly Bikes. Surly Bikes designs steel frame bicycles, frames, parts, and accessories. Established in 1998, and based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Surly is a living legend and innovator in the local and national cycling world. Those bikes with the big, fat snow tires? Yeah, they’re probably Surlys.