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2018 Events and Programs

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Valentine’s Hot Metal Pour   +

Pour: Feb 17, 12p - 5p | Workshops: Jan 27 & 28, Feb 3, 4,10 &11

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. Fees for sand molds: $ 30/small, $45/medium, $75/large (credit card processing fees will apply).

Workshop Registration is now Closed!
Thank you for your interest in our Community Mold-Making Workshops and Franconia Sculpture Park! At this time, all spots are filled for the Community Mold-Making Workshops. Whether or not you were able to register to make your own scratch-block, all are welcome on February 17th 12pm-5pm for our Valentine's Day Pour. The Valentine’s Pour is free and open to the public.


This 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. Thank you!

Tour Program   +

May through October | 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.
• Free public tours every Sunday at 2pm
• Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm or by request on Saturday's without scheduled events. 
• 60-minute Best-of-Franconia Walking Tours • $4 per participant
• 90-minute Observe & Interpret Tours • $6 per participant
• New this year! STEAM TOURS ranging from $10-$15 per participant
Franconia Community Tour Grants available to offset tour fees
• Self-guided Tours 365 days a year, dawn to dusk


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 more than 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.

jerome foundationThe FSP/Jerome Fellowship Program is made possible, in part, by generous support from the Jerome Foundation. Established in 1997, the FSP/Jerome Fellowship Program supports the creation of new works by emerging visual artists from New York City and Minnesota.

art works and national endowmentThe Open Studio Fellowship Program is made possible by generous lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and many generous individuals, Thank You. Established in 2005, the Open Studio Fellowship Program supports the creation of new works by emerging and mid-career visual artists from across America. Thank you!
Artist Talks   +

May - October | 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month | 6:30pm Dinner | 8pm Discussion

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

Franconia serves more than 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 on-site. 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. RSVP to!
International Sculpture
International Sculpture Day   +

April 28 | 6 - 8pm | Franconia in the City@Casket : 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Mpls, MN 55413

Celebrate #ISDay by dropping by to view an Exhibition and mingle with Franconia artists

On Tuesday, April 28, 2018 the world will join in celebration of sculpture during the 4th annual International Sculpture Day, or IS Day. International Sculpture Day is a celebration event held worldwide on or around April 28th to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. It is a day to create a unified community championing sculpture. With hundreds of artists, organizations and institutions in over 20 countries expected to celebrate the day in 2018 with open studios, unveiling public sculptures, sculpture scavenger hunts, pop up exhibitions, demonstrations, iron pours, plus much more. Join Franconia in celebrating the fourth annual #ISday and all things 3D by stopping by for a visit at our NE Minneapolis gallery space in the Casket Arts Complex for a grill and chill with FSP Artistic Director/CEO John Hock and Franconia artists.

Art-A-Whirl  +

May 18-20 | Casket Arts: 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Mpls, MN 55413

Celebrate Northeast Minneapolis with Franconia & neighborhood artists

Join Franconia in the City@Casket at our exhibition space in the Factory Building 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 participate in art-making activities! Many of the studios in Casket Arts are open for exploration and Franconia in the city@Casket is no exception.

Kids Make Sculpture   +

Saturdays May 26, June 16, July 14, August 18, Sept. 8| 1pm - 4pm | $40 fee| Ages 4-18

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. 2018 KMS registration coming soon!


Music @ Franconia   +

Saturdays June 23, July 21, August 25 | Music from 2pm - 6pm

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

Bring a blanket, grab a bite to eat from either Yummies (greek) or Asase Yaa (Indonesian/West African), and visit Mary Johnson’s famous Lizard Lounge for a beverage or beer from Surly Brewing! Enjoy an 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 23: The Houdeks and Monroe Crossing
• July 21: Lady Lark and General B and the Wiz
August 25: Mike Munson, The Hell and the Quiet, Hurl Everstone, Members of the First   Nations Dakota Indian Creative Community, and Ben Weaver

East Central ArtsThis 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.

Hot Metal Mold-Making Workshops   +

July 21 & 22, 28 & 29, 1pm-4pm | August 1 & 2, 4pm-7pm | August 4, 11am-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. Curious what the process entails? Watch the
scratch block video to learn more. Workshops are open to all ages, led by Franconia staff
and experienced metal casting artists. Fees for sand molds: $ 30/small, $45/medium, $75/

Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour   +

August 4 | Workshop 11am-3pm only | Iron Pour 12pm - 8pm

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 this unique art-making process! Witness artists working
a furnace that heats up to 2,700º F, as they pour 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 11 | 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 friends, 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 22 | 11am -7pm

Celebrate our 22nd 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 arts 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.