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Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour 2017   +

Pour: Feb 11, 12p - 5p | Workshops: Jan 28 & 29, Feb 4 & 5

Join Minnesota iron artists for a fire and ice event

Each winter, Minnesota artists crawl out of hibernation and join Franconia for an outdoor iron pour. The event is an invigorating mix of fire and ice. We invite you to join in this unique opportunity by scratching a block of sand that will be poured with molten iron, creating your very own cast iron sculpture. Then whether or not you made a scratch block, make sure to come to the park on February 11th for this special event.

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East Central ArtsThis activity is made possible 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.
Tour Program   +

May 2 - October 31 | Free every Sunday at 2pm

Learn about the techniques, processes and resources involved in creating sculpture

Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information of the 43-acre sculpture exhibition during a guided walking tour.
• Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
• 60-minute Best-of-Franconia Walking Tours • $3 per participant
• 90-minute Observe & Interpret Tours • $5 per participant
Franconia Community Tour Grants available to offset tour fees
• Self-guided Tours 365 days a year, dawn to dusk
• Free public tours every Sunday at 2pm

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sponsorThis activity is funded, in part, through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.


Artists Making New Work   +

April - November

Take a peek at the sculpture while it’s being created and meet the artists-in-residence

Franconia is more than just a sculpture park. We host up to 40 artists each year through
our artist residency program. The outdoor studio is open for visitors who would like to
meet and talk with artists about what they are creating.
Artist Talks   +

June - October | 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month | 6pm Dinner | 8pm Discussion

Learn from the artists-in-residence and enjoy a delicious meal

Franconia serves up to 40 artists each year through our various artist development
programs. You are invited to dine with, meet, and learn from the artists who live and
work onsite. The evening will include a slide show of current resident artists’ work and
a freewheeling discussion about art of three dimensions. Slides and discussion begin
at 8pm. Reservations are required if you plan to join us for dinner. $10 for the delicious
home cooked meal.
International Sculpture
International Sculpture Day   +

April 24 | 12 - 4pm | Casket Arts: 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Mpls, MN 55413

Celebrate #ISDay by dropping by to view the 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition

During the course of the 20th Anniversary Small Sculpture Alumni Show, Franconia in the City @ Casket, 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Minneapolis, will celebrate International Sculpture Day on Sunday, April 24, from 6-8 pm. #ISDay was established in 2015 by the International Sculpture Center to expand public understanding and appreciation of sculpture, to demonstrate the power of sculpture to educate, effect social change, and engage, and to promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors. Free.
Art-A-Whirl  +

May 20 - May 22 | Casket Arts: 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Mpls, MN 55413

Celebrate Northeast Minneapolis with Franconia & neighborhood artists

nemaaArt-a-Whirl, a family-friendly, weekend-long festival and open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis (presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association [NEMAA]), is May 20, 21, and 22. Art-a-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country and a great opportunity for visitors and neighbors to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with artists and the community, and purchase original artwork in Northeast Minneapolis. Free.
Conversations with Creators on the Prairie   +

Saturday June 18 | 1p - 5p | Free family event

Converse with artists about their sculptures during a roving artist talk

  1. Join Minnesota sculptors who currently have artwork on exhibit at the park. Each artist will guide a group to their specific sculpture for a lively conversation on all the facets of the artistic process. In between conversations, the band Mary Bue and the Holy Bones will liven up the prairie with their soulful indie pop-rock. This event is free and perfect for families. You can even let the kiddos try their hand at sculpture making at our drop-in Maker Table. CLICK HERE for more information.

    East Central ArtsThis activity is made possible by the voters of MinnesotaSthrough a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund
Music @ Franconia   +

Saturdays June 25, July 16, August 27 | Opens at 1pm | Music from 2pm - 6pm

Toe-tapping family fun in our Earthen Amphitheater amidst the sculpture exhibition

Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater. Franconia’s sixth annual music series will feature a wide variety of musicians and make sure to participate in a guided tour during band breaks to meet artists-in-residence to learn about works-in-progress. All events are family & dog friendly, please pick-up after your furry friends. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
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• June 25: Eelpout Strings + The Cactus Blossoms
• July 16: Tropical Zone Orchestra + Malaymana
• August 27: Mu Daiko + R.G.K. Modern Indian Dance + Jang-Mi Korean Dance and Drum

East Central ArtsThis activity is made possible 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


Kids Make Sculpture   +

Saturdays May 28, June 11, July 23, August 20, Sept. 10| 1pm - 4pm | 40 fee Ages 5-16

Kids step into the life of a sculptor for the afternoon.

Come be a part of the fun and participate in hands-on creativity! During each workshop, youth spend the afternoon creating BIG sculptures with the assistance of Franconia staff and resident artists. Reservations required, with a non-refundable, pre-paid fee of $40 per student, per workshop. The roster fills up quickly and there is limited space for each workshop, so don’t delay! Register the child in your life up for this amazing experience.

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sponsorThis activity is funded, in part, through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.
Hot Metal Mold-Making Workshops   +

July 30 & 31, 1pm-4pm | August 3 & 4, 4pm-8pm | August 6, 10am-3pm

Scratch a design into the vessel that will produce your own cast iron sculpture

Each​ ​summer​ ​Iron Artists from around the world​ ​join Franconia for a​ sizzling outdoor​ ​iron pour. We invite you to​ ​participate​ ​​in this unique opportunity by scratching a block of sand that will be poured with molten iron, creating your very own iron sculpture after the​ ​Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour on August 6th. ​Curious what the process entails? ​Watch the scratch block video​ here​ to learn​ ​more. Workshops are open to all ages, led by Franconia staff​ and experienced metal casting artists. NEW THIS YEAR-- ADVANCED MOLDS!!! Want to take your iron casting experience and knowledge to the next level? You can now create an iron cast sculpture in the round by purchasing an advanced mold which is two parts that seal together! Instructions and guidance will be provided during the scratch block workshops! Fees​ f​or sand molds: $​30/small, $45/medium, $75/large.​ Fees for Advanced sand molds: $50/small two-part mold, $80/medium two-part mold, $130/large two-part mold.

For more information and to register for a scratch block workshop please click here.

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East Central ArtsThis activity is made possible 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
Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour   +

August 6 | Workshops 10a -3p | Iron Pour 12pm - 8pm | Last Mold Pickup 10pm

Franconia fires up the furnace to 2,700º to cast community made sculptures

Artists from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in th is unique art-making process! Witness artists working a furnace that heats up to 2 , 700º F, as they pour 8,000 lbs. of red-hot molten iron throughout the day into sand molds designed by people just like you. Savage Aural Hotbed, Minneapolis’s found-object percussion band, performs throughout the day. Bring the family and make a day of it! Click here for more information!

East Central ArtsThis activity is made possible 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
Resident Artists Hot Metal Pour   +

August 13 | Throughout the day

Witness Hot metal artists cast large scale iron molds

Each July and August Franconia hosts a group of Iron Artists from around the world through a unique artist residency. We help realize big visions by offering support to artists as they cast iron sculpture on a large scale. Bring a picnic, grab your family or family, and witness sculpture that takes up to 300lbs of molten iron to create. Make sure to visit our outdoor Iron Exhibition to enjoy the magic of cast metal sculpture.
Art & Artists Celebration   +

September 17 | 11am - 6pm | Music until 7pm

Celebrate our 20th year and the artists who made Franconia special

What better way to celebrate an exhibition full of new ambitious sculptures made by truly dedicated artists? Throw everyone a creative & fun-filled festival! In true Franconia fashion, there will be live music, family art making activities, guided tours of new work, delicious food & beverages, and more. For more information, CLICK HERE.

East Central ArtsThis activity is made possible 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