EcoArts Fest

ArtStarts EcoArts Fest

SATURDAY, June 1, 2019


You are invited to join us at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge for a celebration of Nature through the Arts!

Hop on the Metro Blue Line and come on out to the Refuge to celebrate the brilliant creativity of the next generation of stewards for our Earth! Now in its twelfth year, the EcoArts Fest has something for everyone. Enjoy the opening pageant as schools involved in ArtStart residencies showcase their art work created with professional artists in response to environmental learning. Enjoy cultural dance and music performances. Participate in nature activities led by Refuge staff and art activities lead by ArtStart artists, as you learn strategies for preserving and conserving our environment.
Food trucks or bring a picnic       A zero waste event.       Admission free!

Special Highlights


Join in the Opening Pageant – We All Live Down Stream led by Batucada do Norte with puppets, banners, textile rivers and more

12:30 pm

Enjoy an interactive concert by the St Paul Civic Symphony- Imagination, Dreams and Other Flights of Fancy

1-5 pm

Celebrate the day together with art and nature activities, exciting dance and music performances, live animals and good food!

Nature Activities:

Learn about a myriad of Minnesota frogs and toads

Observe urban birds from the bird viewing area

Take a gallery tour of the Bee House Art Exhibit

Visit the MVNWR bookstore

Hands On Activities:

Make a monarch butterfly seed container

Create a Minnesota fish windsock

Weave a MN River headpiece

Design a nature tote bag

Write a poem honoring nature

Enjoy Cultural Dance & Music Performances:

Saint Paul Music Academy Choir

Mi Peru – Minnesota Dance Group

Sansei Yonsei Kai

Dancers from the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

Bollywood Dance Scene

Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli

LOCATION: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington

Set overlooking the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, this free, family friendly, zero waste event features interactive art and nature activities for all. EcoArts Fest engages kids and adults with fun activities that shed light on environmental issues through art making and show ways individuals can create change. Conveniently located on the Blue Line at the American Blvd. stop.

EcoArts Fest’s environmental focus is protecting our pollinators: bees, butterflies, and birds. The festival explores environmental changes and habitat loss of birds, monarch butterflies, bees, and more.

EcoArts Fest activities are created with residencies, workshops, and programming in the community with artists and naturalists months in advance of the celebration. Naturalist Larry Wade provides curriculum for students in residencies and their art reflects their environmental observations.

The day is a culmination of these activities and showcases the art, music, dance, and performances of youth and adults in response to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it.

EcoArts Fest sponsored by

For more information contact: Carol Sirrine or call 651-698-2787
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