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2016 Events and Programs

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Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour   +

Pour: Feb 13, 12p - 5p | Workshops: Jan 30 & 31, Feb 6 & 7

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 13th for this special event.

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


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 | 6pm - 8pm | Casket Arts: 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Mpls, MN 55413

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

On April 24 the world joined to celebrate sculpture on the inaugural International Sculpture Day. More than 50 artists, organizations, and institutions through 12 countries celebrated the day. Join Franconia in celebrating the second annual #ISday and all things 3D by stopping in for a visit at the 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition at our NE Minneapolis gallery space in the Casket Arts Complex.
Art-A-Whirl  +

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

Celebrate Northeast Minneapolis with Franconia & neighborhood artists

Join Franconia at our exhibition space in the Factory Building at the Casket Arts Complex in Northeast Minneapolis. Art - a - Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It is a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with artists, and purchase original artwork. Many of the studios are open for exploration and Franconia is no exception. During this fun event you’ll find the 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition available for exploration.
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

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.

Music @ Franconia   +

Saturdays June 25, July 16, August 27 | 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.

• June 25: Eelpout Strings + The Cactus Blossoms
• July 16: Tropical Zone Orchestra + Malaymana
• August 27: Tim Mahoney + Chastity Brown

Kids Make Sculpture   +

Saturdays May 28, June 11, July 23, August 20 | 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. Registration are online check back in April 2016 for registration details.
Hot Metal Mold-Making Workshops   +

July 30 & 31, 1pm-4pm | August 3 & 4, 4pm-7pm | 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 1s​t. ​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. Fees​ f​or sand molds: $​30/small, $45/medium, $75/large.​ Online reservations will open​ in​ June. Check our website at that time for more information.

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!
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

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. Return to our website as the date approaches to learn all of the details.

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