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Lindsay Kaplan is the Open Field Coordinator.

Open Field Info Session This Thursday!

This Thursday, May 10th programmers Sarah Schultz, Scott Stulen and Lindsay Kaplan host a casual informational session at the Walker for anyone interested in programming an activity on Open Field this summer.  Whether you have already submitted a proposal or are just curious about the project, come down to the Walker to take part. The […]

This Thursday, May 10th programmers Sarah Schultz, Scott Stulen and Lindsay Kaplan host a casual informational session at the Walker for anyone interested in programming an activity on Open Field this summer.  Whether you have already submitted a proposal or are just curious about the project, come down to the Walker to take part.

The evening’s agenda includes discussing tips for creating and marketing a successful program on the field and sharing important guidelines for planning your activity.  The session will take place in the Art Lab at 6pm followed by refreshments in the Open Field grove (weather permitting). This session is free and open to the public, so come on out and see how you can play a role in our summer adventure!

Check out the Open Field website for more information.

Hope to see you Thursday!

Look Out Summer! Open Field Is Online

In anticipation of Open Field’s June 2nd grand opening, April begins with the launch of the Open Field 2012 website, a resource created with your summer in mind.  See what’s happening on the field, view an archive of past projects and  propose your own activity, if you so choose. Events to look forward to this […]

In anticipation of Open Field’s June 2nd grand opening, April begins with the launch of the Open Field 2012 website, a resource created with your summer in mind.  See what’s happening on the field, view an archive of past projects and  propose your own activity, if you so choose.

Events to look forward to this summer include The Big String Thing; an over-sized exercise in string formations, a personal Post Office as envisioned by a local printmaker and much more.  With an eclectic mix of  Acoustic Campfire acts and Drawing Club hosts on Target Free Thursday Nights, your Thursdays will never be left wanting.

New on the field this year are Analog Tweets, Open Field’s Little Free Library, our very own Phenologist in Residence, and custom made Tool Kits available at the Tool Shed.  Also keep an eye out for our two Artist Residencies; ROLU and Kitchen Lab.

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Warm, Fuzzy, and Brown: Free First Saturday February

With this year’s field spotted with large brown patches instead of snow drifts there was little to do but make the best of the unseasonably warm Saturday.  Local artist Andy DuCett and our own Scott Stulen led Snow Solutions, an answer to those aching to roll sticky snow into satisfying spheres and cubes and fulfill […]

Valentine for a Stranger

With this year’s field spotted with large brown patches instead of snow drifts there was little to do but make the best of the unseasonably warm Saturday.  Local artist Andy DuCett and our own Scott Stulen led Snow Solutions, an answer to those aching to roll sticky snow into satisfying spheres and cubes and fulfill their snow-sculpting needs.  Instead of snow the medium this year was cardboard.  Kids folded and shaped brown slabs into magnificent winter creations.  At the end of the day all that was missing was a cardboard snowball fight.

A Cardboard Igloo In Lieu of Snow

 

 Local artist Amanda Lovelee graced us with her presence again after an inspiring FFS event in September and returned with the idea for an Emotional Warming Hut.  Kids made valentines for residents of local nursing homes and enjoyed freshly baked cookies while they learned how bees cuddle to stay warm in the winter, a workshop taught by Terry McDaniel, president of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association.

Making Valentines in FlatPak

 

Terry Explains How Bees Keep Warm in Winter

 

In the Cowles Conservatory kids constructed their own imaginative gardens by using yarn to wrap branches and other shapes while the film Lost & Found played in the U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge.  Based on the book by Oliver Jeffers, the film illustrates a touching friendship between a tenacious penguin and a little boy.  Also Kare 11 stopped by to showcase our enthusiasm.  
 
Though the field was brown this month the spirit was celebratory and smelled of homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Join us for another community building event at the next Free First Saturday in March! 

Theatre Play: Free First Saturday January

Free First Saturday was filled with theatrical enthusiasm this month.  Mu Performing Arts presented Hmong Tiger Tales, three short plays based on Hmong folk stories about tigers including Tiger and Crow, Mother Tigress, and Yer and the Tiger.  After the performance kids were able to try on the elaborate masks and ask questions, learning about […]

Free First Saturday was filled with theatrical enthusiasm this month.  Mu Performing Arts presented Hmong Tiger Tales, three short plays based on Hmong folk stories about tigers including Tiger and Crow, Mother Tigress, and Yer and the Tiger.  After the performance kids were able to try on the elaborate masks and ask questions, learning about the cultural significance of the stories.

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Family Adventures: 2011 in Review

From the organized chaos of Free First Saturday to the eloquent discoveries of Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, it has been quite a year in Family Programs at the Walker.  With each event carefully orchestrated by the devoted Walker staff I am reminded of the incredible company that surrounds me, working hard to provide an unmatched contemporary art adventure to kids and their […]

From the organized chaos of Free First Saturday to the eloquent discoveries of Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, it has been quite a year in Family Programs at the Walker.  With each event carefully orchestrated by the devoted Walker staff I am reminded of the incredible company that surrounds me, working hard to provide an unmatched contemporary art adventure to kids and their parents in the community.

Highlights from Free First Saturday include the Animation Station, a Free First Saturday activity led by Schell Hickel and Katie Maren.  Kids sculpted their own characters out of clay and put them to work in their own stop-motion animation.  In April Robin Schwartzman’s sculptural play space was set up for kids to interact with in the activity Jump On In!, an event accompanied by a slapstick puppet performanceChris Larson joined the kids in the Art Lab hot-gluing wooden structures for a project reminiscent of his piece in the Spectacular Vernacular exhibition.  July teemed with hip hop splendor during a full day of dance workshops led by Kenna Camara-Cottman, beat boxing, and graffiti demonstrations.  The summer culminated in a memorable LARP (Live Action Role Playing) battle on the field, featuring an exclusive visit by the Corporate Wizard, an event planned in conjunction with the Soap Factory.  Amanda Lovelee joined us for a day of community building in early Autumn, teaching us not to hesitate to meet our neighbor in a square dancing bonanza on Open Field.  October began with a bang when the Bakken Museum came to show kids how to construct rockets and build electric circuits while November and December were all about performance and design, Kaleena Miller and company performing the vibrant, tap dancing piece, Fleet and Kindra Murphy teaching the kids a thing or two about typeface design.

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A Push to Perform: Free First Saturday December

The savory aroma of melted butter and delicately seared cheese permeated the Cargill Lounge during Free First Saturday this month triggering fond childhood memories.  Chef Josh Brown of Gather was demonstrating the art of assembling the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.  The demonstration was so satisfying that I immediately made plans to make my own batch […]

The savory aroma of melted butter and delicately seared cheese permeated the Cargill Lounge during Free First Saturday this month triggering fond childhood memories.  Chef Josh Brown of Gather was demonstrating the art of assembling the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.  The demonstration was so satisfying that I immediately made plans to make my own batch at home accompanied, of course, by a bowl of homemade tomato soup.  What a treat to indulge in something so warm and comforting as the days grow shorter and colder advancing toward the depths of a Minnesota winter.  Not to worry, there is always Free First Saturday to look forward to.

The day was all about performance and design.  With the Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg exhibition in full swing and Graphic Design: Now in Production radiating through the Target and Friedman galleries it was the perfect time to be inspired by the two.  Xiong Lor was in the Art Lab heading a costume-making activity called Costume Collage wherein kids constructed their own performance attire out of fabric scraps and paper, an activity inspired by Robert Rauschenberg.  It was amusing to spot parents and their kids sporting their new accessories as they moved through each exhibition. 

Brittany Shrimpton led a movement activity in Gallery 8 based on Cunningham’s “chance” dances, choosing a word or theme out of a hat to determine the dancers’ next move.  Young dancers flailed their arms smoothly and slowly as if floating in outer space or jerked their bodies stiffly as if their limbs were being pricked by cactus spines.

The Walker was bursting with activities.  Red Grooms’ Target Discount Store 1970, a vintage film from the collection, was being screened in the cinema accompanied by a scavenger hunt about the film.  Kids were learning the basics of typography design in Target Gallery by designing their own typeface and placing their work in a tiny model of the gallery.  Merce Cunningham Research Fellow Abi Sebaly was positioned in the Medtronic Gallery to share conservation and cataloguing techniques that were used on the Cunningham Acquisitions costumes and sets.  It was a truly delicious and inspired event. 

Costume Collage

Emotive Dance and Design: Free First Saturday November

November Free First Saturday was a lively day of dance and design.  Every Walker crevice seemed to be animated with an energy only stir-crazy children and parents have the ability to produce. In the Cargill Lounge Megan Leafblad was leading Storefront, a pop-up shop art activity, encouraging participants to design a vessel for an imaginary object. […]

November Free First Saturday was a lively day of dance and design.  Every Walker crevice seemed to be animated with an energy only stir-crazy children and parents have the ability to produce.

In the Cargill Lounge Megan Leafblad was leading Storefront, a pop-up shop art activity, encouraging participants to design a vessel for an imaginary object.  Box after box was produced and the shop shelves were filled with one imaginary product after another.  Some were shiny and cubed, others resembled brightly-colored spaceships with protruding tentacles.  The lounge was an imagination factory producing the priceless, uninhibited creativity of children.  

Kaleena Miller and company performed Fleet in the cinema, a high-energy, vibrantly-colored piece performed by a throng of talented, athletic dancers.  The highly emotional work choreographed by Miller was originally commissioned by the Walker and performed at the Southern Theatre as part of the “Momentum: New Dance Works 2011″ series in July.  Audience members sat in awe as the tapping, stomping and swinging dancers electrified the stage.

Downstairs in the Art Lab designer Kindra Murphy led Print Type, an activity inspired by Karel Martens, founder of the Werkplaats Typografie design school in the Netherlands.  Kids chose from buckets of spongy shapes to form their own letters and words, an exercise in typography design. 

 Join us next month for yet another Free First Saturday for the ages.

 

Pop-Up Shop Product Design in Cargill

Small Illuminations: October Free First Saturday

October Free First Saturday was a day of transformative tinkering, rocket launching and small illuminations.   Staff members from The Bakken Museum were in the Cargill Lounge showing kids how to construct rockets out of construction paper, illuminate small light bulbs with AA batteries and a few wires, and build the slowest ramp possible using a […]

October Free First Saturday was a day of transformative tinkering, rocket launching and small illuminations.   Staff members from The Bakken Museum were in the Cargill Lounge showing kids how to construct rockets out of construction paper, illuminate small light bulbs with AA batteries and a few wires, and build the slowest ramp possible using a slab of peg board, wooden dowels and rubber bands.  Kids crowded each station making wide-eyed discoveries and turning to look each time a newly constructed rocket was put to the test, the launching machine emmitting a loud “HONK” with every try.

Nearby in the U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge The Lost Thing was playing, a short film directed by Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann.  A beautifully animated film, it illustrates the interaction between a young man and a creature he encounters while out walking and the adventure the two of them take when the man sets out to find where the unusual creature belongs. 

In the Art Lab Ilene Krug Mojsilov led an art activity encouraging participants to begin with one object and change it into something completely new.  Kids and parents were hard at work hot-gluing,  cutting and constructing new object upon new object.  The room was teeming with imaginative inventions of all kinds.

Families Design Their Rockets for Launch

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Autumn Play: Last Chance to Build Forts on the Field

Need a new way to play on Open Field while the grass is still green?  Local artist Peter Haakon Thompson, creator of Tent Services, designed fort kits that let Open Field guests create their own shade structures.  Using PVC pipe, canvas and connectors a simple tent can be replicated with the provided instructions or the materials can be used […]

Need a new way to play on Open Field while the grass is still green?  Local artist Peter Haakon Thompson, creator of Tent Services, designed fort kits that let Open Field guests create their own shade structures.  Using PVC pipe, canvas and connectors a simple tent can be replicated with the provided instructions or the materials can be used to build a more free-form structure.  Check out this video to see how simple they are to construct and be inspired to create your own.