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2014 Events and Programs


Schedule a Guided Tour for your group
Anytime April through November

Franconia’s artists and staff provide educational and contextual
information of the 30 acre sculpture exhibition during a 60 to 90 minute
tour. Tour guides cater content to accommodate the group’s age and
specific learning objectives. For detailed information about the tour
program, click here. To schedule a tour for your group use our online
registration form here. Suggested donation of $3/participant.

Free Guided Tours of the Sculpture Park
Every Sunday May 18 through November 9 | 2pm

Join Franconia staff and artists for a 60-90 minute guided tour of the park’s grounds and exhibition. Tour includes a stop at the outdoor studio to visit
east central art with artists-in-residence and find out about the sculptures in progress. Meet your tour guide at the silver information booth in the main parking lot.
This 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.

Artists Creating NEW Work!
April through November

Franconia’s outdoor studio is open for visitors who would like to talk with artists about what they are creating.  Feel free to ask, “What are you making?!”  Click here to view the 2014 artists-in-residence.

Franconia Artist Talks
2nd and 4th Thursdays, May through October  |  Dinner at 6:30pm, Presentations at 8pm

Have you ever wondered, “how did they make that?!”  Here’s your chance to find out!  Two of Franconia’s artists-in-residence will present their artistic portfolio and current project, giving you the chance to discover the concepts and meaning behind the work.  Join us for a discussion and participate in an audience-driven conversation full of feedback, critique, and new ideas.  Presentations start promptly at 8pm and you are welcome for dinner with resident artists and staff at 6:30pm before presentations begin.  $10 donation for the hearty meal.  Please RSVP if you plan to come for dinner by calling 651-257-6668 or emailing info@franconia.org.

Kids Make Sculpture Workshops
Saturdays: May 24, June 21, July 19, August 23  |  1pm to 4pm

Come be a part of the fun and hands-on creativity!  During each workshop, students spend the afternoon creating sculptures with the assistance of Franconia staff and resident artists.  Learn more about the program here.  We welcome all youth ages 4 to 18, limit of 30 students per class.  Reservations are required – classes fill quickly!  $30/student, due at the time of registration.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to sign up!

Registration Details: All  Event Dates are now full. Please contact
us if you would like to be added to the wait-list.

east central This 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.

Music @ Franconia
Saturdays: June 28, July 12, August 16, September 13  |  12pm to 6pm

Franconia's summer-long festival series is back!  Click here to view the exciting line-up of performing artists for the 2014 series.  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.  Participate in a guided tour during band breaks to meet artists-in-residence and learn about the exhibition and works in progress.  All events are family friendly and open to the public.  Parking is $5/car.  For more information call
 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org.

This 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.


Community mold-making workshops for the HOT Metal Pour

Sat. 7/26 or Sun. 7/27, 1pm to 4pm  |  Wed. 7/30 or Thurs. 7/31, 4pm to 8pm  |  Sat. 8/2, 10am to 4pm

Make your mold during a workshop and have it cast during the Hot Metal Pour on August 2nd!  You’ll create a unique relief sculpture by carving your design into a mold that will then be cast in iron.  Workshops areeast central arts open to all ages, led by Franconia staff and experienced metal casting artists.  To learn more about the process click here.  Fee for sand molds: $25/sm, $40/med, $75/lg.  For more information or to reserve your mold call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org.
This 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.

Tempest on Franconia Island
September 4, 5, 6 | Arrive by 6pm | Showtime at 6:30pm

Project Tempest fosters a creative and critically thoughtful environment for a diverse group of theatre artists, led by actor and director Harry Waters Jr., to create and present an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in collaboration with Franconia Sculpture Park. Located well-beyond the walls of traditional theatre spaces in the Twin Cities, Franconia provides theatre artists with an open space in which to rethink and re-imagine how a canonical western text speaks to their artistic practice.

Please wear your walking shoes, bring blankets or easy to move lawn chairs, and plan for the weather to be your most comfortable.

Franconia Sculpture Park, in partnership with Harry Waters Jr., is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To find out more information click here.

18th Annual Art & Artists Celebration
Saturday, September 20  |  10am to 9pm

Join us for a day-long arts and cultural festival celebrating Franconia’s artists and new sculpture installations.  Art-making activities, performing artists, st croixmusicians, theater, poetry, and hip family fun!  Parking is $5 per car.  For more information call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.orgClick here to see complete event details. The 2014 Art & Artists Celebration takes place in conjunction with a valley-wide arts and culture event, Take Me to the River.  Make a weekend of it and take in the scenery and cultural activity of the scenic St. Croix River Valley.  Take Me to the River is brought to you by ArtReach St. Croix.

ART21 Season 7 Screenings
Thursdays, October 16 & 30 |  8p to 10p

Join us for the world premier of ART21's 7th Season.  The episode themes include Fiction, Secrets, Legacy, and Investigation with the featured artists yet to be revealed!
The screenings will start promptly at 8p with time for Q & A at the end.  Join us early for a hearty meal with resident artists at 6:30p.  Free event, $10 donation for the meal.  Please RSVP if you plan to come for dinner by calling 651-257-6668 or emailing info@franconia.org.
This event is part of ART21 Access '14, a worldwide initiative providing unprecedented access to contemporary artists through preview screenings of art21ART21 Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7.  ART21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world a more creative place through the work and words of living artists.

Caché at Casket Arts

Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2

Join Franconia at Casket Arts for a pre-holiday celebration in Northeast Minneapolis!  Art-making activities Friday (5pm to 10pm), Saturday (noon to 8pm), and Sunday (noon to 5pm). 

Enjoy a new exhibition in our indoor gallery, visit the sculptures on exhibit in the outdoor park, and warm up by the bonfire.  For more information visit www.casketartscache.com

Pie and Wine Potluck Soirée
Saturday, November 29  |  11am to 4pm

Our post-Thanksgiving tradition celebrating a great year.  We are thankful for our friends and supporters and want to honor you!  We’ll supply a bonfire, hayride tours of the park, coffee, cider, and some world-famous turkey soup.  Bring a pie or a bottle of wine to share.  Call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org to RSVP. 

Program & Event Accessibility  

Franconia Sculpture Park operates with the objective to make its exhibition, programs, and services accessible to all people, including individuals with disabilities.

  • The grounds of Franconia Sculpture Park are flat with gravel and mowed pathways.  All trails are passable by electrically powered chairs. 
  • There are two 4-seater golf carts available upon request for those needing assistance touring our exhibition or attending our programs. 
  • Parking, information, and educational facilities are physically accessible for those with mobility impairments, in accordance with the ADA.
  • There are 3 accessible public restrooms.
Please call 651-257-6668 or email info@franconia.org if in need of additional assistance.

           

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Click here to view last year’s complete Events & Program Schedule (2013).
Click here to view the complete 2014 Events & Program Schedule



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