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Scratch Block Workshop   +
February 1, 7, and 8 | 10am - 4pm | Reservations Required

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

Each winter, Minnesota artists crawl out of hibernation and join Franconia for an outdoor
iron pour. 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 iron sculpture after the
Valentines Day Hot Metal Pour. Watch the scratch block video to learn about the
process. We are no longer taking registrations. All scratch block workshops are now full.
Thank you for your interest, and keep you eyes peeled for other iron pours in the summer
and next winter!  
Valentines Day Hot Metal Pour   +
February 14 | Noon - 5pm | Free Family Event

Furnaces blaze at 2,700 degrees to melt iron that creates unique cast sculptures

Minnesota metal artists converge at Franconia during this outdoor iron pour that
highlights the intriguing process of metal casting. Warm your hands over the bonfire and
witness your own mold, created during the Scratch Block Workshop, be poured into
your own sculpture.
Guided Tours   +
April 1 - November 8

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. For detailed information about our various tour programs, and to register your group for a tour, please visit our tour page.
• 60-minute Guided Walking Tours • $3 per participant
• 90-minute guided tours & creative activity • $5 per participant
Franconia Community Tour Grants available to offset tour fees
• Self-guided Tours 365 days a year, dawn to dusk
Free Weekly Tours   +
Sundays | 2pm | May 3 to October 25

Learn about Franconia's sculpture exhibition straight from the source

Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual information of the 43- acre sculpture exhibition during a guided walking tour. Meet your tour guide at the silver information booth in the main parking lot to visit the outdoor artists’ studio, chat with artists-in-residence, and learn about the exhibition as well as works in progress.

East Central ArtsThis activity is funded 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.
Earth Day Celebration   +
April 22 | 4pm - 8pm | Dinner $10

Dine with artists-in-residence and enjoy a festive day outdoors

Celebrated in the US on April 22nd, this day is designed to inspire awareness and
appreciation for the Earth’s environment. 2015 marks Earth Day’s 45th anniversary and
what better way to celebrate than to spend time outdoors at a sculpture park? Join us
for dinner with artists-in-residence and partake in an informal celebration. $10 for the
homemade meal, reservations required.

International Sculpture
International Sculpture Day   +
April 24 | 6pm - 8pm | Dinner $10

Join the artists-in-residence for ​dinner and a tour​ to celebrate International Sculpture Day

International Sculpture Day​ ​is an annual celebration held worldwide​ in places like Australia, China, and right here at Franconia Sculpture Park!​ ​O​n April 24​th​ join​​​​ Franconia and the International Sculpture Center in celebrating the art of sculpture by advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.​ Join us for dinner at 6pm, and a sunset tour of the park around 7pm. ​Please RSVP by emailing if you plan on joining us!
Art-A-Whirl  +
May 15 - May 17 | Franconia in the City: 1781 Jefferson Street NE, Mpls, MN

Celebrate Northeast Minneapolis with Franconia & neighborhood artists

Join Franconia at our exhibition space at 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.
Franconia will offer family friendly art activities and new work on display Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday.
Music @ Franconia   +
Saturdays June 27, July 11, August 15 | 1pm - 7pm

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 27: Rhythm & Groove - Black Market BrassBrass MessengersThe Undergroove
• July 11: Uniquely American - Roe Family Singers & Friends Duck for the Oyster
• August 15: Tour of Europe - Orkestar Bez Ime • Mark Stillman, Francine Roche,
  Nancy Sanchelli Guertin & Sima Shumilovsky • Quartetto Rosso

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 30, June 20, July 18, August 22 | 1pm - 4pm | $30 fee Ages 4-18

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

Visit the Kids Make Sculpture page to learn the details.

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 $30
per student per workshop. We welcome youth ages 4-18. The roster fills up quickly and
there is limited space for each workshop, so don’t delay in signing the child in your life
up for this amazing experience. Registration begins in May.

East Central ArtsThis 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.
Summer Solstice Celebration   +
Sunday June 21 | 6pm | Dinner $10

Celebrate the longest day of the year Franconia

The sun will set late and the bonfire will roar, so join Franconia in celebrating the longest
day of the year. Enjoy dinner with artists-in-residence, then stick around for impromptu
dancing, s’mores, and other merriment.
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