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2014 Events and Programs


Schedule a Guided Tour for your group
Anytime April through November

Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual
information of the 30 acre sculpture exhibition during a 60 to 90 minute
tour. Tour guides cater content to accommodate the group’s age and
specific learning objectives. For detailed information about the tour
program, click here. To schedule a tour for your group use our online
registration form here. Suggested donation of $3/participant.

Free Guided Tours of the Sculpture Park
Every Sunday May 18 through October 26 | 2pm

Join Franconia staff and artists for a 60-90 minute guided tour of the park’s grounds and exhibition. Tour includes a stop at the outdoor studio to visit east central artswith artists-in-residence and find out about the sculptures in progress. Meet your tour guide at the silver information booth in the main parking lot.
This activity is made possible, in part, through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund.

Artists Creating NEW Work!
April through November

Franconia’s outdoor studio is open for visitors who would like to talk with artists about what they are creating.  Feel free to ask, “What are you making?!”  Click here to view the 2014 artists-in-residence.

Rollin Marquette: Natural Beauty at Franconia in the City @ Casket
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19 | 6p to 9p
Artist Talk: Thursday, May 8 | 7p to 9p
Gallery Open: Fri. - Sun., April 20 to May 10 | 1p to 6p

Marquette will be exhibiting a striking new sculptural environment titled Natural Beauty at our NE MPLS gallery @ the Casket Arts Complex. Smoke is the subject and material of Marquette's Natural Beauty. Presenting a decagonal steel chamber that almost completely occupies the space, the monolith beckons us inside to a space inclosed by a clear box through which you can see the walls engulfed in smoke. Like a live performance, the only way to be acquainted with the work is to experience it!
Franconia in the City @ Casket, 1781 Jefferson St. NE, Minnepolis, MN.holland

Rollin Marquette is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Earth Day Celebration
Tuesday, April 22  |  4pm to 8pm

A day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment.  Spend the day enjoying the outdoor sculpture park and help us show gratitude and awareness for our environment by planting native trees and milkweed in the park.  Join us for an informal celebratory dinner with artists-in-residence at 7pm.  $10 donation for the hearty meal, reservations required.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to RSVP.


Monroe Crossing Concert
Saturday, April 26   |  7pm to 9:30pm

Franconia Sculpture Park presents Monroe Crossing at the Old Shafer Creamery in Shafer, MN. Join us for an evening of airtight harmonies and razor sharp arrangements with these lively performers! Admission to this event is $10/person, no charge for youth 12 or under. For directions to the Old Shafer Creamery, click here. For more information call 651-257-6668 or email: info@franconia.org.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Franconia Artist Talks
2nd and 4th Thursdays, May through October  |  Dinner at 6:30pm, Presentations at 8pm

Have you ever wondered, “how did they make that?!”  Here’s your chance to find out!  Two of Franconia’s artists-in-residence will present their artistic portfolio and current project, giving you the chance to discover the concepts and meaning behind the work.  Join us for a discussion and participate in an audience-driven conversation full of feedback, critique, and new ideas.  Presentations start promptly at 8pm and you are welcome for dinner with resident artists and staff at 6:30pm before presentations begin.  $10 donation for the hearty meal.  Please RSVP if you plan to come for dinner by calling 651-257-6668 or emailing info@franconia.org.

Art-a-Whirl!

Friday, May 16 through Sunday, May 18

Join Franconia in the City @ Casket to celebrate our NE Minneapolis community!  Enjoy the outdoor sculpture exhibition, a group show in our indoor gallery, family activities, food and drink, and live music! 

Franconia in the City @ Casket is located behind the main Casket Arts building in the Factory.
1781 Jefferson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413 Art-a-Whirl is a Northeast Minneapolis
wide event, organized by NEMAA.

Kids Make Sculpture Workshops
Saturdays: May 24, June 21, July 19, August 23  |  1pm to 4pm

Come be a part of the fun and hands-on creativity!  During each workshop, students spend the afternoon creating sculptures with the assistance of Franconia staff and resident artists.  Learn more about the program here.  We welcome all youth ages 4 to 18, limit of 30 studentseast central arts per class.  Reservations are required – classes fill quickly!  $30/student, due at the time of registration.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to register.
This activity is made possible, in part, through a grant from the
East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to an appropriation
from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the
state’s general fund.

Music @ Franconia
Saturdays: June 28, July 12, August 16, September 13  |  12pm to 6pm

Franconia’s summer-long music series is back!  Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song and dance in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater.  Participate in an artist-led tour during the band breaks to learn more about Franconia’s exhibition and programs.  All events are family friendly and open to the public.  Parking is $5 per car.  For more information call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org.

Performance Schedule
June 28  |  Blues & Soul Festival featuring:
Kurt Jorgensen Band  Alison Scott  Lynn O’Brien  Izzy Marcil

July 12  |  Bluegrass & Folk Festival featuring:
Barley Jacks  Roe Family Singers  Reina Del Cid

August 16  |  Global Rhythm Festival featuring:
Duniya Drum & Dance  Greg Herriges  Pan Dimensions Steel Drums

September 13  |  American Roots & Country Festival featuring:
The High 48s  Ditch Lilies  Geoff Elvee

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday, June 21  |  5pm to Sunset

Come celebrate the longest day of the year with us! Enjoy dinner with Franconia's artists-in-residence ($10 donation for the hearty homemade meal), tall-tales and s'mores around the bonfire, poetry readings, merriment and music DJ'd by DJ ESP aka Woody McBride. Call (651) 257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to RSVP.

Community Collaboration HOT Metal Pour
Saturday, August 2  |  10am to 8pm

Artists from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in the unique art-making process!  Witness artists working a furnace that heats up to 2700 degrees F, as they pour 8,000 lbs. of red-hot molten iron throughout the day.  Savage Aural Hotbed, Minneapolis’s found-object percussion band, performs three pulsating sets throughout the day.  Bring the family and make a day of it!

Community mold-making workshops for the HOT Metal Pour

Sat. 7/26 or Sun. 7/27, 1pm to 4pm  |  Wed. 7/30 or Thurs. 7/31, 4pm to 8pm  |  Sat. 8/2, 10am to 4pm

Make your mold during a workshop and have it cast during the Hot Metal Pour on August 2nd!  You’ll create a unique relief sculpture by carving your design into a mold that will then be cast in iron.  Workshops areeast central arts open to all ages, led by Franconia staff and experienced metal casting artists.  To learn more about the process click here.  Fee for sand molds: $25/sm, $40/med, $75/lg.  For more information or to reserve your mold call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org.
This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Project Tempest
September 4, 5, 6 | Time TBD

Project Tempest fosters a creative and critically thoughtful environment for a diverse group of theatre artists, led by actor and director Harry Waters Jr., to create and present an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in collaboration with Franconia Sculpture Park. Located well-beyond the walls of traditional theatre spaces in the Twin Cities, Franconia provides theatre artists with an open space in which to rethink and re-imagine how a canonical western text speaks to their artistic donorspractice.
Franconia Sculpture Park, in partnership with Harry Waters Jr., is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

18th Annual Art & Artists Celebration
Saturday, September 20  |  10am to 10pm

Join us for a day-long arts and cultural festival celebrating Franconia’s artists and new sculpture installations.  Art-making activities, performing artists, donorsmusicians, theater, poetry, and hip family fun!  Parking is $5 per car.  For more information call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.orgClick here to see complete event details. The 2014 Art & Artists Celebration takes place in conjunction with a valley-wide arts and culture event, Take Me to the River.  Make a weekend of it and take in the scenery and cultural activity of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Take Me to the River is brought to you by ArtReach St. Croix.

Caché at Casket Arts

Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2

Join Franconia at Casket Arts for a pre-holiday celebration in Northeast Minneapolis!  Art-making activities Friday (5pm to 10pm), Saturday (noon to 8pm), and Sunday (noon to 5pm). 

Enjoy a new exhibition in our indoor gallery, visit the sculptures on exhibit in the outdoor park, and warm up by the bonfire.  For more information visit www.casketartscache.com

Pie and Wine Potluck Soirée
Saturday, November 29  |  11am to 4pm

Our post-Thanksgiving tradition celebrating a great year.  We are thankful for our friends and supporters and want to honor you!  We’ll supply a bonfire, hayride tours of the park, coffee, cider, and some world-famous turkey soup.  Bring a pie or a bottle of wine to share.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to RSVP. 

Program & Event Accessibility  

Franconia Sculpture Park operates with the objective to make its exhibition, programs, and services accessible to all people, including individuals with disabilities.

  • The grounds of Franconia Sculpture Park are flat with gravel and mowed pathways.  All trails are passable by electrically powered chairs. 
  • There are two 4-seater golf carts available upon request for those needing assistance touring our exhibition or attending our programs. 
  • Parking, information, and educational facilities are physically accessible for those with mobility impairments, in accordance with the ADA.
  • There are 3 accessible public restrooms.
Please call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org if in need of additional assistance.

           

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Click here to view last year’s complete Events & Program Schedule (2013).
Click here to view the complete 2014 Events & Program Schedule




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