On-Ice Program

On Ice Program

Our on-ice program happens each year for four weekends in January & February, though occasionally we have to take a year off due to things like pandemics. Since 2004, artists have been building shanties and creating interactive experiences for winter adventurers, sharing joy through the extreme winter sport of artmaking.


This isn’t on the page year-round. But when you have the Call for Artists up, it may be nice to put it on the program page too!

2024 Art Shanty Projects​

Bdé Umáŋ / Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, MN
Weekends, January 20 - February 11, 2024
10am - 4pm

We’re celebrating our twentieth year of weird and wonderful winters in 2024! We invite grown adults and kids of all ages to play / learn / grow / laugh / smile / sing / groove / gather with us in the Art Shanty village. 

Artists + Performers

Our artists have been announced! Read all about the projects! Plan your visit(s) with the Performance Schedule!


ASL interpreters and audio describers will be available on all festival dates from 11am – 2pm. More details coming soon.


Artists had great success with the exterior-only festival in 2022 and 2023, adapting with whimsical creativity and expanding the notion of what a shanty project can be! This year we have invited artists to continue that trend OR go back to classic shanties with interior experiences. We’ve got a mix – so if you’ve been waiting to cozy up inside with us, this is your year! And if you’re still not comfortable with that, we got you!


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 $25 or if you’re a local business, offer a cash or in-kind donation!

Map, Amenities & more coming soon!