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2015 Events and Programs

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Guided Tours   +
April 22 - 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.
International Sculpture
International Sculpture Day at Casket Gallery   +
April 24 | 6pm - 8pm | Franconia in the City: 1781 Jefferson St NE, Mpls

Celebrate International Sculpture Day with the opening reception of Amy Toscani's show, This Just In

Amy Toscani, Minnesota artist and Franconia alum will be opening her show, This Just In, to celebrate International Sculpture Day, which is an annual event held worldwide in places like Australia, China, and right here in Minnesota! Kick-off spring by joining Franconia at our NE Minneapolis Gallery location in the Casket Arts complex for a bevy of Toscani's unique found object sculptures. Throughout the evening there will be beverages available and a fire in the courtyard.
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.
Hot Metal Mold-Making Workshops   +
July 25 & 26, 1pm-4pm | July 29 & 30, 4pm-8pm | Reservations & mold purchase required

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, please check back here to sign-up.
Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour   +
August 1 | 10am - 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 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 moldsdesigned 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 8 | 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 12 | 10am - 8pm

Our 19th Annual Celebration for the artists who made new work in 2015

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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