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Franconia was designed to be inextricably tied to the rural landscape. We value the physically and intellectually wide open spaces a place like this provides. Since being rural is a large part of who we are, Franconia is offering fee-free specialized tours and workshops to youth who share our rural identity through the Art in Rural Places initiative.

Due to an overwhelming response, ALL currently available Rural Arts Programs are filled! Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm! Please check back for more opportunities later in the year. In the mean time, we do have Guided Tours and Observe and Interpret Tours to offer! Click the registration button to submit your tour request TODAY and as always #startseeingsculpture!


Participation Requirements    +
Location Requirements
Minnesota youth from schools and other youth serving organizations in rural communities with populations of less than 20,000 in Chisago, Pine, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Anoka, and Washington counties are welcome to participate.

Group Size
We can accommodate groups of up to 75 participants at one time.

Cost and Transportation Scholarships    +
Living, working, and creating in a rural place means we are in-tune with the needs of our unique community and these workshops are designed to address some of the economic & art access challenges rural youth face. All workshops are provided free of cost.

Transportation Reimbursements
Additionally, groups from identified areas are eligible for a transportation reimbursements up to $300. Participant groups will need to provide an invoice to Franconia detailing this expense to receive reimbursement.

What to Expect    +
Join Franconia artists on a guided tour of the sculpture exhibit to learn what sculpture is, how artists practice, and how artistic elements, principles, and techniques come together to make large-scale work. Then participate in a workshop designed to focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and math) education, engaging participants in innovation and strengthening their associations between art-making and the world around them. 

Boats Afloat

Taught by Visual Artist: Pete Driessen
Kindergarten-3rd grade
10-75 participants per workshop
2 hours

Students use the new information from their tour, combined with engineering processes to create their own boat sculpture that not only has sculptural qualities, but also floats in water and holds weight without sinking.

Art Spins Out

Taught by Visual Artist: Kelley Meister
4th-5th grade
10-75 participants per workshop
2.5 hours

Students use art information, combined with the engineering & technology processes to create their own robot sculpture that not only has sculptural qualities, but also spins to draw it’s own masterpiece. Students should be able to understand parallels of an artist and engineer.

Solar Fountains

Taught by Visual Artist: Asia Ward
6th -8th grade
10-75 participants per workshop
2.5 hours

Students use the power of the sun to build a creative electrical fountain. Explore how solar panels work during a solar scavenger hunt, then use the best angle and light to pump water the fastest and highest! Work in small groups to build a custom fountain sculpture using colorful waterproof clay.

Grid to Glory

Taught by Visual Artist: Peyton Russell 
9th-12th grade
10-75 Participants per workshop
2.5 hours
Students will use geometry, grids, and quadrilaterals to create their own graffiti lettering and then transform their two dimensional designs into a three dimensional sculptural form. Students will gain understanding of how art and math can work together, and use simple engineering to execute their sculptural work. 

Please email or call us at 651-257-6668 to be added to our contact list to receive notification of future programs and registration information. 

logosThis 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.