EcoArts Schedule

Saturday May 14, 2016 from 10am-3pm
Harriet Island Grounds and Pavilion, Saint Paul
EcoArts Fest Celebrates Creativity, Culture, and Conservation
With activities by Arbor Month, Wishes for the Sky, and many more.
About EcoArts Fest Directions & Parking

Spirit of the Mississippi Amy Cordova

10:00 EcoArts Activity Tents Open
Installation by Forecast Public Art

11:00 Parade and Pageant with Chicks on Sticks

11:45 Batucada do Norte

12:05 Saint Paul Music Academy Choir

12:15 Sansei Yonsei Kai

12:35 The Blumenkranz Dance Troupe

12:50 Los Alegres Bailadores  

1:15 Taikollaborative

1:40 Asi Es Mi Perú

2:00 Twin Cities Horn Club
Ghana Mbaye, African Drumming

2:20 Kalpulli Yaoceoxtli

2:45 Saint Paul Civic Symphony Children’s Concert
“The Tin Forest” composed by Steve Heitzeg

Local Food Trucks will be onsite

Interactive Art and Environmental ActivitiesMay 14, 2016
Tree Climbing

Tree-related arts and craft

Ask the Arborist table

Smokey Bear and Burly Oak

Tree planting demos

Family kite flying


CD Bird mobiles

Tin Forest shakers and found sound instruments

Monarch milkweed seed containers


Raku firing

Nature hats

Audubon Minnesota

Passport to Nature

Raptor Center

Birds of the Mississippi River Flyway Art Exhibit

Winners of Arbor Month Poster Exhibit

With Generous support from the City of Saint Paul
EcoArts art work by children from Adams Spanish Immersion, Battle Creek Elem., Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet, Como Park Elem., Crossroads Elem. Science and Montessori, Bruce Vento Elem., DaVinci Arts and Science Magnet, Evergreen World Cultures Magnet, Farnsworth Aerospace, Four Seasons Arts Plus, Global Academy, Highland Park Elem., Highwood Hills Elem., Horace Mann School, International Spanish Language Immersion, JJ Hill Montessori, Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Mississippi Creative Arts School, Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet, North Shore Community School, Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elem., St. Charles Catholic, Saint Paul Music Academy, Twin Cities German Immersion.

(St. Paul, MN) March 7, 2016 — ArtStart’s EcoArts Fest, now in its ninth year, is a one-day outdoor arts, environmental, and cultural celebration at Harriet Island in St. Paul. This free, family friendly, zero waste event celebrates and honors our ties to one another and to Mother Earth. The festival engages kids and adults with fun activities that shed light on environmental issues through art making and show ways individuals can create change.

This year, Saint Paul Civic Symphony will perform composer Steven Heitzeg’s “Tin Forest” to close the event with stilters Chicks on Sticks and puppetry by Julie and Gustavo Boada.

EcoArts Fest welcomes two new partners this year – Wishes for the Sky and Arbor Month. Together the partners are forging one of the most dynamic family-oriented events in the Twin Cities, showcasing the brilliance of young minds and hearts when given the opportunity to learn and act on behalf of issues impacting the environment and all living things.

Arbor Month will engage kids in tree and art activities, the Arborators Band will play in the opening pageant, kids will meet Smokey the Bear and learn about urban trees as homes for our birds.
Wishes for the Sky, a public art project led by Marcus Young, is an experiential public art project celebrating the arrival of spring, environmental sustainability, and personal and collective wish-making. Families will have the opportunity to make a wish for the earth, write it on a kite, and fly the kite at the event.

EcoArts Fest’s environmental focus is on the Mississippi River as a flyway to the south. The festival explores environmental changes along the river and migration shifts and habitat loss of birds, monarch butterflies, bees, and more. Naturalist Larry Wade provides curriculum for students in residencies and their art reflects their environmental observations.

EcoArts Fest activities are created with residencies, workshops, and 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 performances of youth and adults in response to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. Topics explored through community workshops and school residencies include watershed stewardship, impact of deforestation along the Mississippi River flyway, developing green schools and alternative energy sources, and environmental sustainability through reuse, reduce, recycle.

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.

Thank you to all of our collaborators who have made this event an exciting and dynamic experience for youth.

Handicap Accessible

ASL interpreter available upon request

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