A day at the river to remember!
Celebrating Creativity, Community and Conservation Through the Arts
Join ArtStart staff, artists and families on May 17, 2014 from 11:30 am-5pm at Harriet Island Grounds and Pavilion in St Paul for a fun and inspiring celebration of creativity, culture, and conservation. ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest, now in its 7th year of implementation, is both a culmination of school art and science residencies, as well as a free event open to the general public in which all ages come together to celebrate our greatest natural resource, the Mississippi River. This event has something for everyone! Highlights of the day include: an opening pageant “The Spirit of the Mississippi River” with 20 schools and cultural performing groups; hands-on and interactive arts activities; environmental presentations and displays; artist vendors; food vendors, and an audience performance piece concluding the day.
The vision that guides ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest, now in its 7th year of implementation, is of educating and inspiring the next generation of stewards for our earth through the arts. This free family event is the culmination of school residencies and community workshops in which all ages create art work with professional artists that celebrates creativity, community, and conservation of our greatest natural resource, the Mississippi River.
ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest educates and inspires the next generation of stewards for our earth through the arts.
The world’s supply of fresh, clean, water is limited. Access to water is one of the most important issues facing people worldwide. Water is so familiar in our daily lives, we pay little attention to its nature and properties and the role it plays in the life of the planet. Water is like no other substance on earth, which makes it both unique, and mysterious. Many cultures have explained the origin of water and its force on nature and humans, i.e.
floods, drought, and hurricanes through creation myths and other stories that have passed from one generation to the next. It is through these stories that we gain an understanding of water and its cultural significance to all people.
The goal of the festival is to honor diverse cultures who live in our community and through stories and poetry, performing and visual arts educate and inspire our community to care about our own greatest natural water resource, the Mississippi River which flows through our backyard.
The 7th Annual EcoArts Fest is a free, family-friendly event that educates and inspires the next generation of stewards for our earth through the arts. Focusing on healthy waters as the origin of all life, this fun, life enriching festival honors the many facets of diversity, from bio-diversity to cultural diversity.
The EcoArts Fest is produced by ArtStart, a non-profit arts organization that promote environmental stewardship through the creating and appreciation of the visual and performing arts. ArtStart works to create school residencies and community workshops in which people of all ages create art work with artists to learn about, honor, and celebrate our greatest natural resource, the Mississippi River. This free festival is the culmination of this work and features over 110 artists from diverse cultures who perform and demonstrate their art form, as well as the work done in the school residencies and community workshops, all delivering fun, engaging activities and experiences that promote environmental education.
Partners for the EcoArts Fest include East Side Arts Council, Teatro Del Pueblo, and Forecast Public Art.
The event offers something for everyone! Just as the currents of the Mississippi River are distinct, yet merge to form this great waterway through our cities, so too does the rich diversity of our community come together through the arts at the EcoArts Fest.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- A community pageant at the river to honor/express our care and concern for the health of all waters as symbolized by the Mississippi River
- Dozens of artistic performances taking place simultaneously and continuously throughout the Festival
- Performances and presentations by the children who participated in the School Residencies and the adults who participated in the Community Workshops
- Free hands-on reuse art activities led by professional artists
- Vendors selling earth friendly products at the EcoArtists Market
Photos from our 2013 EcoArts Fest
This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 through appropriations to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Additional funders include COMPAS and Travelers Arts and Diversity Fund.
Thank you to all of our collaborators who have made this event an exciting and dynamic experience for youth.
Forecast Public Art
East Side Arts Council
Ramsey County-Saint Paul Public Health Department
Esse Reusable Bags
Kate Frye, Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, City of St. Paul
Contact Carol Sirrine or call 651-698-2787 for more information.
ASL interpreter available upon request