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For the past five years had a booth at the Minnesota State Fair.  Hundreds of members generously volunteered their time to hand out buttons, flyers and other materials and talk about to thousands of fair goers each year. Through outreach efforts like the fair has grown exponentially over the last few […] Field Day Field Day

For the past five years had a booth at the Minnesota State Fair.  Hundreds of members generously volunteered their time to hand out buttons, flyers and other materials and talk about to thousands of fair goers each year. Through outreach efforts like the fair has grown exponentially over the last few years by bringing artists and audiences together, providing news and information about the local arts scene, and fostering dialogue on matters of importance to the arts community in Minnesota and beyond. Today, is a primary resource for Minnesota artists and audiences and home to 15,196 registered artists, 1113 arts organizations, and 102,654 posted works of art.

While is an online resource, it is not fundamentally about technology. It is about an inclusive and democratic spirit of support for artists; creating a gathering place for the Minnesota art community, both on and offline.

With this in mind is trying something new this year. Field Day is a day-long event featuring Minnesota artists and most importantly inviting the local and regional art community to gather for a day to relax and meet fellow artists from across the state.  So join us Thursday, August 27th from 11am – 10pm at the Walker Art Center for a celebration of the diverse creative talents of the Minnesota art community. Picnic on the grass, socialize with fellow artists, participate in workshops and lawn games and enjoy the close of summer on the beautiful campus of the Walker.  

Here are the details…spread the word and bring your friends!

Thursday, August 27, 11 am–10 pm
Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

All events and activities of Field Day are free.  Members of receive free admission to the Walker Art Center galleries throughout the day. 

11 am–8 pm: .org Mall
Bazinet Garden Lobby

See why Minnesota is a great home for artists. Meet partner organizations, to learn about services and opportunities for artists, audiences, and inquisitive citizens. Scheduled organizations include Springboard for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, ARThouse,  3 minute-egg, MCAD, College of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, ARP!, Art Shanty Projects, Rain Taxi, Minnesota Center for Books Arts, The Onion/Decider, MAEP/MIA, Minnesota Public Radio, Forecast Public Art and members. 

Flat Pak House

Flat Pak House

11 am-12 noon: Kid-friendly dance with guest artist Sarah Jacobs
FlatPak House

Dance artist Sarah Jacobs presents a fun-filled hour of creative movement and kinetic play, especially tailored to engage young children. Families with children of all ages are welcome to join in and burn off some pre-nap energy.

mnLIT Picnic
FlatPak House

Geoff Herbach12 noon–1 pm: mnLIT Picnic Geoff Herbach of the Electric Arc Radio players and author of The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg teams up with artist/writer/Salon Saloon creator Andy Sturdevant to host a matinée event in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. They will be joined by authors of’s mnLIT competition for live readings of their winning flash fiction and poetry compositions.  
Kickball trophies created by artist Ginny Maki

Kickball trophies created by artist Ginny Maki

1–5 pm: Greenspace Games
Outside Bazinet Garden Lobby

Field Day, or the elementary school Olympics, was an event typically held toward the end of the school year.  For many it was a day of mixed feelings.  The good was that you got out of school for the day, however your athletic shortcomings were also on full display.  I was the average to below-average athlete just good enough to not embarrass myself, but exactly a threat to any of the talent people.  This resulted in a bulletin board of 3rd – 7th place ribbons, which came in such heroic colors as purple, pink and brown.  Then there was the dreaded participant ribbon, the ribbon awarded and reminded you that you were involved in the particular event but merited no further recognition.  

This will be nothing like that kind of Field Day…so whether you go in for hardcore tactics or free-for-all antics, join or cheer the artistically (and not necessarily athletically) inclined for lawn sports in the Walker’s west-side park. Pre-registered teams may participate in the kickball tournament  (if you aren’t registered we can find a spot for you anyway)and anyone can drop in to play badminton and other lawn sports on the south side of the green space.  We also have trophies created by local artists and MCAD grad student Ginny Maki for the winners. 

Calpurnia Peach

Calpurnia Peach

1:00 – 5:00 pm Remake and Revamp
Outside Bazinet Garden Lobby

Calpurnia Peach—a collaboration between Luci Kandler and Ashley Wokasch, whose line has been a hit at Minneapolis’ annual Voltage: Fashion Amplified show extend their summer screen printing workshop to field day inviting participants to design a personal emblem of summery good times, mnartists or field day and screen-print it on clothing brought from home and make your own t-shirt.

11 am-4 pm: Family art-making workshop and Arty Pants scavenger hunt
FlatPak House

Kids are mnartists too! Families are invited to stop by the FlatPak house in the sculpture garden to nurture the artist within by making a cool, personally designed sketch pad. (Materials will be provided)

Scavenger Hunt: Field Day’s family visitors are invited to traipse through the Sculpture Garden all afternoon, to hunt down fine (and not-so fine) arty treasures tucked amid the greenery and artwork.

3:00 pm Open Eye Figure Theatre’s “The Adventures of Katie Tomatie”
FlatPak House

The artists of Open Eye Figure Theatre will present a puppet show sure to delight children and adults alike. Come to the Sculpture Garden’s Flat Pak house to see “The Adventures of Katie Tomatie,” one of the shows in this summer’s “Driveway Tour” series by this acclaimed Minneapolis theater company.

5:30 pm Minnesota Artist “Class Photo”
Outside Bazinet Garden Lobby

Gather on the Greenspace for a Minnesota Art Community group photo….all artist, art appreciators and supporters welcome! The photo will be posted online for tagging and sharing.  So come out and be counted….we want to see hundreds of you!

Solid Gold

Solid Gold

8:30 pm: Skyspace/Soundspace: Solid Gold
James Turrell’s Sky Pesher, 2005 and Walker greenspace

The last of our summer Sky Pesher series is capped with a very experimental set by local favs Solid Gold.  This will NOT be a typical Solid Gold gig….think sound collage and percussion to live video projection on the side of the building.  It will be a special performance not to be missed.

Food and Refreshments
Outside Bazinet Garden Lobby and Gorilla Garden

Food and drinks will be available at the Wolfgang Puck Garden grill from 11am – 8pm
The Gorilla Garden Bar will be open 6pm – 10pm 

Document and Share
Share your photos and thoughts online during and after the event.

Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by Target is a project of the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center.
mnLIT and Field Day is sponsored by the Twin Cities Decider and the Onion.
Walker Art Center programming is made possible by its Premier Partners: General Mills, Target, and Star Tribune.

  • Gregg Reed says:

    I’m happy to represent the new artist in residence program from Beaver Creek Valley State Park at the field day. I have illustrated artist in residence program application request cards. I also have a hard cover artist book that I wrote for the state park. The book is about my experience as an artist in residence there in 2009. The title is Works for Lost Snakes. While the DNR exhibit at the state fair is too full to feature the new artist in residence program, the Walker Art Center and have space to share today.

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