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Many thanks to those who joined us for last Thursday’s Open Field info session! In case you missed it, we’re sharing a few of the great questions asked by session attendees. Feel free to email your own Open Field questions to open.field@walkerart.org. What is Open Field?  For the fourth year, the outdoor green space of […]

Conversationalists Cafe, Open Field 2012

Conversationalist’s Cafe, Open Field 2012

Many thanks to those who joined us for last Thursday’s Open Field info session! In case you missed it, we’re sharing a few of the great questions asked by session attendees. Feel free to email your own Open Field questions to open.field@walkerart.org.

What is Open Field? 

For the fourth year, the outdoor green space of the Walker Art Center will be transformed into a cultural commons. The space is designed to explore what happens when people get together to share and exchange skills and interests, to create something new, or delve into the unknown. Programming includes a blend of  community-proposed activities, artist residencies and Walker-led programming, such as our Thursday-night music series Acoustic Campfire. Open Field kicks off June 14 with Northern Spark, and runs through the Internet Cat Video Festival on August 14. Check out the Open Field calendar for a full list of events.

I want to bring a program to Open Field. Is it too late?

It’s not! Although Open Field starts June 14, there is no hard deadline for programming proposals. That said, the sooner you propose a program, the better the chance that we can find a spot for you and your activity in our (quickly filling up) summer schedule.

May I use Open Field as an opportunity to fundraise for my non-profit?

Alas, no. The space is a commerce-free zone where we encourage the exchange of skills and information, but not the exchange of money. All Open Field events are free to the public. We ask that you keep fliers, sales, and any kind of request for money off of the Field. You can find out more about this in our Field Etiquette post.

When and where on the field are programs being held? 

We’re scheduling community programs Thursdays from 6-8 PM and Saturdays from 12-3 PM. There are a few exceptions to this rule, so it’s best to have a couple of dates in mind. Programs are taking place all over the field, from the picnic tables to the hill.

May I use the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for my program?

Potentially. Let’s talk!

May I run my program more than once?

Yes, as long as it fits in the calendar and can be coordinated with other events happening on Open Field.

What kinds of community-led programs and activities are happening this summer? 

This summer’s programming ranges from classes in cyanotype, meditation, yoga, and cake decorating to events featuring liturgical choirs, bugle corps, music listening, and a celebration of local choreographers. In between there are lots of programs that encourage socialization and mixing (Playing the Field, Open Field Social, Grown-up Club), and numerous others. Revisit the calendar– programs will be continually added.

Find additional tips for creating your program on the Open Field website.