2023 Art Shanty Projects

2023 Art Shanty Projects

Bdé Umáŋ / Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, MN
Weekends, January 21 – February 12, 2023
10am – 4pm

We’re excited to be back on the ice this winter in South Minneapolis! We look forward to welcoming grown adults and kids of all ages to play / learn / grow / laugh / smile / sing / groove / gather with us in the Art Shanty village. 

ASL interpreters and audio describers will be available from 11am – 2pm on all festival dates. We have kicksleds for accessible and fun transport around the village, including one that accommodates a wheelchair. To see our full accessibility plan and accommodations, please click here!

We’re pleased to reveal the Shanties and the Performances + Art Actions for this season! While we don’t prescribe a theme, this year we’re seeing artists gravitate towards sonic experiences, collective introspection, experiments in sustainability, and movement(s) of both bodies and social agendas. Read all about the projects and check out the performance schedule

More details to come in January, including a village map, amenities, food truck schedule, and more!

Artists had great success with the exterior-only festival in 2022, adapting with whimsical creativity and expanding the notion of what a shanty project can be! (and we did not spread the omicron variant amongst artists or staff members during the surge). With the trajectory of the pandemic still taking twists and turns, and in the spirit of abundant love and caution for our community, we are once again offering an EXTERIOR-ONLY program in 2023 for visitors. Artists have continued to wow us with innovative inside-out designs, and they – along with staff and board members – feel supported in keeping the adaptations this year. This is temporary (we won’t do this forever), and is also the most stable choice for our organization at this time.

It takes a village to build a village, and there are many ways to actively participate! We’ll soon be seeking volunteers for the on-ice program – sign up for our newsletter to get announcements. You can also contribute as a member with an annual donation of just $24 or if you’re a local business, offer a cash or in-kind donation!