May 14, 2016 from 10am-3pm
Harriet Island Grounds and Pavilion, Saint Paul
A Celebration of Creativity, Culture, and Conservation
ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest, now in its eighth year, is a one-day, outdoor arts, environmental and cultural celebration. A free, family-friendly event, the EcoArts Fest is first and foremost a celebration honoring our ties to one another and to Mother Earth. It is pageantry with a purpose. The EcoArts Fest activities are initiated with residencies, workshops, and other programming in the community with artists and naturalists months in advance of the celebration. The day is a culmination of these activities and showcases the art, music, dance and dramatic productions of youth and adults in response to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. Overall, the EcoArts Fest focuses on delivering engaging activities and experiences that provide knowledge about an environmental issue through art making and demonstrate ways individuals can take positive actions to make change. Join us for a day at the river to remember!
• An opening community pageant at Mississippi River involving 15 schools and community members to honor the river as one of the most important natural resources in our state
• A special art exhibit and performance by grade 5 students from Saint Paul Music Academy, Jackson Elementary, Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet, and the Saint Paul Civic Symphony entitled “The Nature of Peace” based on the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City 60th Anniversary and the bombing of Hiroshima
• Dancing on the Wind-A Japanese Kite Flying Project
• Ce In Yollotl In Tlapizalli-A Hands-On Clay Flute Project
• Humming for Bees-A Bee Education Project
• Passport to Nature-A Touch and Feel Nature Experience
• FREE hands-on art activities that feature natural or reuse materials
• FREE hands-on environmental education activities and resource materials
• Dozens of intergenerational cultural performances
• EcoArts installations supported by Forecast Public Art
• A zero waste event, ArtStart collaborates with Eureka! Recycling
• Organize your neighbors, a church group, a social service group, or another organization and book an ArtStart workshop. Customized to your topic or theme, workshops are led by a professional artist. Everything from puppets to headpieces, Monarchs to moose, reuse materials to traditional papers and paint are a possibility. Add naturalist, Larry Wade, to the mix and you have a complete art and nature experience. Then come to the celebration on May 16th!
• Showcase a special environmental science project you have developed with youth at school or with a community organization to showcase the power of young hearts and minds to be good stewards of our environment.
• Book a school residency that enhances an environmental and/or culture theme through students working with a poet or a visual artist or a musician from ArtStart.
• Volunteer on the day of the event to help work recycling stations or help with hand-on artmaking or help youth fly kites.
• Make a monetary donation to ArtStart. As a 501c-3 non-profit arts organization, this donation is 100% tax-deductable.
• Or just attend the event and participate in the activities!
Help sponsor our EcoArts Fest!
Individuals, businesses and corporations are invited to help sponsor this community event.
See Sponsorship form.
Calling Arts and Environmental Organizations!
Help us bring the message of environmental stewardship, sustainable living, and the power of the arts to youth, families and the general public.
See Organization form.
For more information contact: Carol Sirrine or call 651-698-2787
Partners for the EcoArts Fest include Teatro Del Pueblo and Forecast Public Art.
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
Kate Frye, Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, City of St. Paul
ASL interpreter available upon request