A day at the river to remember!
A Celebration of Creativity, Culture, and Community

Join ArtStart staff, artists and families on May 16, 2015 from 11am-3pm 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 8th 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.

Please join us for our Community Puppet Build May 12-15, Monday-Thursday, at West 7th Community Center, 265 Oneida Street, Saint Paul from 5-8 p.m. each evening. Artists, puppeteers and volunteers will be present to help build puppets and costumes for our ‘Spirit of the Mississipi River’ opening pageant.
See Puppet Build registration form.

Help sponsor our EcoArts Fest. Individuals, businesses and corporations are invited to help sponsor this community event.
See Sponsorship form.

Calling All Artists and Vendors!
The EcoArts Fest is a great opportunity to reach a new audience of youth, families, and the general public. Please join us for a fun and festive celebration.
See Artist and Vendor 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.

Partners for the EcoArts Fest include East Side Arts Council, 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
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.

Handicap Accessible

ASL interpreter available upon request

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