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Open Field Construction Update

The sun has finally arrived and the construction of the Open Lounge continues:  The poured concrete surface over the fire lane can now properly set, thanks to today’s warmer weather Workers are laying down pavers on the south end of the fire land, filling the cracks with sand Huge amounts of earth are being moved […]

Setting new pavers

Marking out the edge of the "grove" that will contain Honey Locust trees

The sun has finally arrived and the construction of the Open Lounge continues:

  •  The poured concrete surface over the fire lane can now properly set, thanks to today’s warmer weather
  • Workers are laying down pavers on the south end of the fire land, filling the cracks with sand
  • Huge amounts of earth are being moved to carve out space for a large box, roughly 42 ft x 116 ft, that will serve as a gigantic planter for Honey Locust trees slated to arrive next week.

Witnessing a Community Partnership in Full Bloom

For the last two years the Walker and Lifeworks Services, Inc. have collaborated in unique and meaningful ways. Walker staff has juried the Lifeworks Traveling Art Show and invited dozens of Lifeworks clients to the Walker for tours and art-making. The concept for the three-dimensional centerpieces/sculptures decorating the tables at Lifeworks’ annual gala this year […]

For the last two years the Walker and Lifeworks Services, Inc. have collaborated in unique and meaningful ways. Walker staff has juried the Lifeworks Traveling Art Show and invited dozens of Lifeworks clients to the Walker for tours and art-making. The concept for the three-dimensional centerpieces/sculptures decorating the tables at Lifeworks’ annual gala this year and last originated from Walker Art Lab Coordinator Ilene Krug Mojsilov.

Centerpiece in progress

A Lifeworks' client/artist putting the finishing touches on her creation.

Lifeworks staff and clients actively participate in the Walker’s Open Door Access Advisory Group, offering counsel on the effectiveness of our programming for individuals with disabilities. Their insights continue to expand how we think, educate and experience art.

Our organizations’ missions have complimentary strands and this feeds a partnership that continues to grow and surprise us. We serve and engage our communities, examine the myriad questions and events that shape us as individuals, and celebrate the creative impulses unique to people.

To see our collaboration in action view this short film capturing Lifeworks’ clients at the Walker discussing and making art. The film was screened at Lifeworks’ annual gala in recognition of our partnership.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNqEkVjPH0o[/youtube]

Join us to Open the Field

The kick-off of Open Field is less than a month away and we’re getting excited about the night we have planned to commence our summer-long experiment to create a cultural commons on the Walker green. We’re working with the folks at Works Progress, a local collective of cultural programmers and general smarties, to put together […]

Green field by Clav from Flickr

The kick-off of Open Field is less than a month away and we’re getting excited about the night we have planned to commence our summer-long experiment to create a cultural commons on the Walker green.

We’re working with the folks at Works Progress, a local collective of cultural programmers and general smarties, to put together a three-part launch (two parts party, one part interactive presentation) to set a stage for the conversations we’ll have over the course of the next three months. We have a full slate of presenters who will contribute a flurry of ideas, questions and examples of both digital and analog commons. Innovations such as a digital museum commons, a barter system for artists and creative types, and a collaborative online environment for creating art, code, and texts will be discussed alongside ideas about landscapes of public and private space, and ringtones, the music industry, and race. Come back here for more posts on each of the speakers.

In addition to these presentations, the night will begin with drinks and an interactive felt board installation that invites you to help us define and redefine a “cultural commons”.  For starters, there is this thought from Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt

“…so much of our world is common, open to access by all and developed through active participation.”

And this question from Josh McPhee of Just Seeds:

“What does it mean to be creative as a conscious social activity–to create a commons rather than individualizing creativity?”

What is your definition of a cultural commons? Come over on June 3 to share.

Free First Saturday kicks-off live music in Open Field

Saturday, June 5th begins our series of outdoor Free First Saturdays and a summer filled with fantastic live music and collective art-making in the Open Field. And, thanks to Target, we’re able to throw in a bonus free family day on Friday, July 16th. Here are the summer highlights to be enjoyed by all ages: […]

Saturday, June 5th begins our series of outdoor Free First Saturdays and a summer filled with fantastic live music and collective art-making in the Open Field. And, thanks to Target, we’re able to throw in a bonus free family day on Friday, July 16th. Here are the summer highlights to be enjoyed by all ages:

Music

Roma di Luna (June 5, 1 pm)

Pert’ Near Sandstone (July 3, 1 pm)

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles (July 16, 6 pm)

Switzerlind (August 7, 1 pm)

Dance

Wild Goose Chase Cloggers (July 3, 1 pm)

Art-Making

Drawing Club (June-Sept Free First Saturday, 10 am-3 pm)

Build a Voice Box with Futurefarmers (August 7, 10 am-3 pm)

Games

Digital Camera Tag in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (July 16, 4-6 pm)

Geocaching in the Minneapolis Garden (August 7, 11 am-2 pm)

Roma di Luna

Pert' Near Sandstone

Switzerlind

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

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