Aar Maanta's Midnimo Residency - A Five-Part Video Series

Somali artist Aar Maanta spent a month in Minnesota in 2018 as part of The Cedar's Midnimo program. This brand-new video series tells the story of his residency. Learn what Midnimo means, discover the program’s impact in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud, and get to know Aar Maanta in this five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center!


Chapter 1: What is Midnimo?

British-Somali artist Aar Maanta spent a month in Minnesota in 2018 as part of a program called Midnimo. Learn what Midnimo stands for, and discover the program’s impact in Minneapolis, Mankato, and St. Cloud in Chapter 1 of this five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center.

Chapter 1 of a five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center about Midnimo, titled “What is Midnimo?,” courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center’s YouTube channel.


Chapter 2: The Week that Wasn’t

Originally, British-Somali musician Aar Maanta was supposed to tour Minnesota in 2017. But President Trump’s exclusionary travel ban made this plan nearly impossible. Learn about Aar Maanta’s long journey to Minnesota in Chapter 2.

Chapter 2 of a five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center about Midnimo, titled “The Week That Wasn’t,” courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center’s YouTube channel.


Chapter 3: Connecting with High Schoolers In Mankato

Some of the biggest impacts of Aar Maanta’s time in Minnesota came from his work in schools. Watch how students at one high school in Mankato connected for the first time ever through live Somali music in Chapter 3.

Chapter 3 of a five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center about Midnimo, titled “Connecting with High Schoolers in Mankato.” courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center’s YouTube channel.


Chapter 4: Mentoring The Next Generation in St. Cloud

What does it look like to mentor the next generation of Somali youth and young adults in the arts? Follow Aar Maanta as he connects with students in St. Cloud looking for representation and inspiration in Chapter 4.

Chapter 4 of a five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center about Midnimo, titled “Mentoring the Next Generation in St. Cloud,” courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center’s YouTube channel.


Chapter 5: Spreading unity Across The State

Every Midnimo residency ends with three finale concerts, one in Mankato, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud. Experience the joy of Aar Maanta’s concert at the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, and learn about the work that still needs to be done to spread Midnimo throughout the state in Chapter 5.

Chapter 5 of a five-part original series created by The Cedar Cultural Center about Midnimo, titled “Spreading Unity Across The State,” courtesy of The Cedar Cultural Center’s YouTube channel.