Public Art Saint Paul

We make St. Paul a better city by placing artists in leading roles to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement.

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04/11/2024

Join us at Western Sculpture Park on Saturday, April 20th 10am-noon for a clean-up of the park in honor of Earth Day 🌎 Bags, gloves and snacks will be provided!
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04/04/2024

Take a moment and listen to the story MPR covered of our new Executive Director, Mohannad Ghawanmeh. We are very excited for this new chapter in leadership! Listen at: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/04/03/mohannad-ghawanmeh-to-lead-public-art-st-paul

04/02/2024

During this time of transition, we appreciate your contributions to ensure a strong start for our new leader!
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Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 03/28/2024

The Board is happy to announce that Mohannad Ghawanmeh will become the new PASP President and Executive Director, beginning in April. He is an experienced arts leader with a strong commitment to art that lifts up communities and share stories and histories. He is published scholar, with a dozen recognitions and distinctions, who has developed public art in multiple cities. He is returning to the Twin Cities and Minnesota, where he attended college and worked in previous positions for many years.

Born to Palestinian parents, Mohannad moved to Minnesota alone, a week after his 17th birthday, to attend Minnesota State University-Mankato, from which he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance and a Master’s of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. He spent several years in Japan before moving to the Twin Cities to become an instructor of Communications at Dunwoody College of Technology in 2001.

His second day at work was September 11, 2001, a day that marked his life, and motivated him to join a group effort to establish the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, still organized by the Twin Cities-based Mizna, an arts organization dedicated to the work of Arab, Southwest Asian, and North African artists. Mohannad went on to direct and curate the festival, along with others in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. He did similar work in leading Melnitz Movies, a film event program at the University of California-Los Angeles, where he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies in 2020. Mohannad became Executive Director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a Philadelphia-based Arab arts organization, where he oversaw substantial growth in budget, staff, and programs. As the third Executive Director of Public Art Saint Paul, Mohannad is committed to community participation in creating and overseeing artworks and programs that stand for their people and places, to rise and raise our city together.

01/29/2024

Our search committee is looking for the next visionary leader to help continue our work to support artists and communities and lead the next Wakpa Triennial in 2026. To learn more about the position and to apply, click here: https://publicartstpaul.org/leadership-position-open/ SEND YOUR COVER LETTER, REFERENCES, AND RESUMÉ TO [email protected] BY FEBRUARY 5th AT 8:00PM

Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 01/05/2024

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Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 12/31/2023

Thank you for an extraordinary 2023 with the first Wakpa Triennial! Happy New Year!

12/22/2023

We're happy to see Sara Udvig's piece, ‘Every Other Breath’ being finished! Her work portrays two humpback whales, a mother and a calf, in the midst of their annual migration. Udvig says she's been really pleased with how the neighborhood has received her work and she hopes her installation will help spread awareness about the importance of environmental conservation. In the process of generating this piece, Udvig did research on whales and found that every other breath we take is thanks to them! This is because they play an essential role in carbon capture and maintain a healthy ecosystem to support all life. Her playful sculptures remind us of the interdependency we share with the natural world. You can check out the whales in St. Paul near 457 Wheelock Parkway West.

Udvig's work is a part of a larger project for the Grand Round walking/biking trail, of which, 9 artists were selected to complete public art installations along Wheelock Parkway in Saint Paul, centering their work around the theme of "migration."

Their work is supported by the City's 1% for Public Art Ordinance on capital projects supported by Capital Improvement Bonds (CIB). Public Art Saint Paul's City Artist Aaron Dysart oversaw the artist selection and design development processes.

12/19/2023

We are honored to have been selected by a panel of experts as one of USA Today's Best New Festivals! There are just 6 more days to vote we encourage you to vote EVERYDAY to help us secure our spot in the top 10!

In the last few days of voting our rank is hidden...but as of yesterday, we were ranked in 6th place! Thank you to everyone who's been voting, keep it up!!

Click the link to vote: https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-new-festival-2024/wakpa-triennial-art-festival-st-paul-minnesota/

12/15/2023

Vote for the Wakpa Triennial EVERY DAY and help us secure our spot in the top 10 for best new festival! https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-new-festival-2024/wakpa-triennial-art-festival-st-paul-minnesota/

12/07/2023

Link in bio /// We are honored to have the WAKPA Triennial nominated by USA Today’s for one of the Best New Festivals in the nation! Lend us a hand in achieving this nationally recognized status by voting for us today! We are 1 nominee out of 19 competing for a place in the top 10. Every vote counts in putting our socially conscious and community-oriented festival on the map. You may vote once a day every day through December 25. Vote today and vote often!

12/05/2023

We're thrilled that the Wakpa Festival has been named one of the top new festivals in the country by USA Today!

Help us rank in the top 10 by voting for Wakpa Triennial at the link below!

You can vote once a day through December 25.

Photo: Xavier Tavera, Evocation of a Latin Dance Hall
Photo by Xavier Tavera

https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-new-festival-2024/wakpa-triennial-art-festival-st-paul-minnesota/

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Support Public Art Saint Paul and Wakpa Triennial on GiveMN 11/14/2023

Support the work of artists making a difference in our communities through a gift to Public Art Saint Paul for Give to the Max 2023!

For the Wakpa Triennial, Angela Two Stars created a free-standing mural and performance space, “Metamorphosis” at Pangea World Theater’s Outdoor Plaza in the Minneapolis Longfellow neighborhood. With voices of the community offering their ideas for a better future on the reverse side from the flower garden, this Wakpa Triennial project has helped the community heal in the wake of the uprising following George Floyd’s murder.

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Support Public Art Saint Paul and Wakpa Triennial on GiveMN Contribute to our goal to raise $5,000 to close out the FIRST Wakpa Triennial!

Photos from Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi's post 10/10/2023

This was a beautiful final program of the Wakpa Triennial. Thank you Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi and Bobby Wilson!

Dedication celebrates new art installation near the I-35W & Lake Street Station 10/06/2023

We celebrate Wakpa Triennial artist Xavier Tavera and his wife and creative partner Tina Tavera, who have a major public art project being celebrated on Saturday. Xavier created Evocation of a Latin Dance Hall for the Triennial, an homage to the former nightclub, Nuevo Rodeo, at 27th and Lake Street.

Congrats, Xavier and Tina!

The public is invited to a new artwork’s dedication adjacent to Metro Transit’s I-35W & Lake Street Station. Named “Strength in Unity,” the sculptures’ subjects – a horse and a tree – change into flocks of birds as the viewer passes them. “Strength in Unity” is the creation of two Minneapolis artists, Maria Cristina “Tina” Tavera and Xavier Tavera. The dedication will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. More:

Dedication celebrates new art installation near the I-35W & Lake Street Station The public is invited to a new artwork’s dedication Oct. 7 adjacent to Metro Transit’s I-35W & Lake Street Station.

Please share your feedback on the Wakpa Triennial Art Festival! 10/06/2023

Wakpa Triennial Audience Survey

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Please share your feedback on the Wakpa Triennial Art Festival! Public Art Saint Paul would love to have your feedback on the inaugural Wakpa Triennial Art Festival, which ran from June 24 - September 16, 2023. Please take a minute or two to share your experience so that we can improve on the next triennial. Thank you! If you’d like to refresh your memory, you...

09/25/2023

Meet Wakpa Triennial artist Bobby Wilson.

In a rare appearance in his hometown, Bobby Wilson, an artist of wide-ranging creativity—most recently of the highly regarded television show about indigenous teenagers, “Reservation Dogs” (Netflix)—will talk about how he participates in screenwriting, public art, beading, and comedy to interrogate our human systems of economics, race, and gender while maintaining a sense of humor and hope. Bobby created a prototype for a permanent mural for the Triennial that was on view in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary.

Artist Talk with Bobby Wilson
Monday, October 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Free reception with light fare at 6 PM
No registration required. Presented by Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi and Public Art Saint Paul

Metropolitan State University Great Hall
403 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul
Presented by Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi and Public Art Saint Paul

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09/17/2023

The inaugural Wakpa Triennial has officially wrapped. Thank you to all the artists, partners, supporters, volunteers, and staff who made the 84 days of art and programs possible. Last night’s Constellation videos in Rice Park were a beautiful close. ❤️

09/14/2023

🌟 Tonight is preview night for Constellation: Video Storytelling from 8-9 PM 🌟

Join us for a mesmerizing journey through art and architecture as we unveil a one-of-a-kind experience at the downtown Saint Paul Public Library on Rice Park!

Learn more about the full evening of events Friday and Saturday here: https://publicartstpaul.org/wakpa/ -events

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09/13/2023

We're excited about the last few tours of the artARK project by the talented Seitu Jones in collaboration with Urban Boat Builders and St. Paul Shipwrights!

Designed to inspire those who seldom connect with the river beyond its bridges, the artARK is debuting during the final week of the Wakpa Triennial. 📅

September 14: Morning cruise at 9:30 AM, afternoon cruise at 12:30 PM
September 15: Morning cruise 9:30 AM, afternoon cruise at 12:30 PM

NOTE: All cruises depart from the Watergate Marina at 2500 Crosby Farm Road, St. Paul, and will be 45-60 minutes round trip. Come prepared for rain or shine. Life jackets are provided. To find the boat, park at Watergate Marina and walk straight toward the river to take the stairs to the boat slip—you can’t miss the artARK’s black and white pontoon design and flag!

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Wakpa Art Festival 09/13/2023

Grab a chair and meet us for a three-evening event in Rice Park.

This cohort of seven artists created short videos to share in a looped series projected onto the downtown Saint Paul Public Library building.

The event timing is as follows:
✨ September 14 | 8-9pm (Preview Night)

September 15 | 5-9:30pm
✨ 5:00 PM-7:30 PM – Family-friendly activities and food trucks
✨ 6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Music from Chris Koza
✨ 7:00 PM-7:30 PM – Announcements and artists introductions
✨ 7:30 PM-8:30 PM – Constellation: Video Storytelling - First round of videos -- ASL and DBI interpreters will be available for the first round of videos. Please inquire at the Public Art Saint Paul tent.
✨ 8:30 PM-8:40 PM – Intermission
✨ 8:40 PM-9:40 PM – Constellation: Video Storytelling - Second round of videos

September 16 | 5-9:30pm
✨ 5:00 PM-7:30 PM – Family-friendly activities and food trucks
✨ 6:00 PM-7:00 PM - Music from Kashimana
✨ 7:00 PM-7:30 PM – Announcements & artists introductions
✨ 7:30 PM-8:30 PM – Constellation: Video Storytelling - First round of videos
✨ 8:30 PM-8:40 PM – Intermission
✨ 8:40 PM-9:40 PM – Constellation: Video Storytelling - Second round of videos

Learn more here:

Wakpa Art Festival June 24 - September 16, 2023: 12 Weeks to Experience New Public Art Commissions, Other Projects, and Exhibitions by Minnesota-based Artists Installed in a Network of Locations across Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 09/12/2023

Reveling in the art showing at created by SEA (Southeast Asian) Us Write & Design.

The Hmong Girls' Circle is the first youth group of SEA Us Write & Design. It is a safe and supportive space to build sisterhood and develop creative writing and artistic skills through a series of eight creative workshops. Spaces to build sisterhood are so important. With this space, the girls also learned how to navigate and express their personal experiences and voices as Hmong women. It is a place for self-love and care for themselves.

We are so grateful to have them as a part of the Wakpa Triennial.

09/09/2023

We invite you to attend the inspiring and meaningful event happening today at the Philando Castile Peace Garden from 1-4 p.m. Join us and be part of this wonderful experience.

This event aims to prevent police violence against African American men by building "networks of mutuality" using multi-sensory experiences.

https://publicartstpaul.org/wakpa/ -events

09/08/2023

Come and experience some of our final events for the Wakpa Triennial taking place this week, and be sure to join us at Rice Park on September 14, 15, and 16 for Constellation:Video Story Telling. Thank you to all of the amazing artists that contributed to this year's Wakpa Triennial as well as the supporters who helped to make this all possible!

Visit publicartstpaul.org for more details and information.

Prairie|Concrete: come join us dancing with plants 09/08/2023

Join us at Frogtown Farm on September 10 for Prairie|Concrete, a captivating outdoor project brought to you by lead artist Pramila Vasudevan and the Aniccha Arts collaborative, commissioned by Public Art St. Paul (PASP).

This project celebrates the beauty of plant cycles and growing practices through embodied listening and movement sessions.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of movement and nature as we blend art and the environment uniquely and captivatingly.

Prairie|Concrete: come join us dancing with plants Please join us for a summer filled with workshops and performance gatherings through PRAIRIE|CONCRETE, an outdoor embodied movement project by Aniccha Arts commissioned…

Wakpa Art Festival 09/08/2023

Join us for an inspiring and meaningful event at the Philando Castile Peace Garden on September 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Working alongside Valerie Castile and the dedicated team supporting the Philando Castile Peace Garden, Public Art Saint Paul, and the Wakpa Triennial, we invite you to be part of a day dedicated to building "networks of mutuality" to prevent police violence against African American men.

This event promises a multi-sensory experience, a chance to contribute to a meaningful space, and a token to take home as a memory of this special day.

This year marks 7 years since we lost Philando Castile, and the number 7 symbolizes restoration and completion. Let's come together to remember his life and work towards a more just and equitable future. We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the event here:

Wakpa Art Festival June 24 - September 16, 2023: 12 Weeks to Experience New Public Art Commissions, Other Projects, and Exhibitions by Minnesota-based Artists Installed in a Network of Locations across Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 09/05/2023

Za’Nia Coleman is one of the artists featured in “Constellation: Video Storytelling,” a group exhibition in which new videos made by a cohort of seven artists are projected onto the downtown City of Saint Paul George Latimer Public Library in Rice Park. As part of the Wakpa Triennial, the exhibition will run from September 14 to 16. A little bit about Za’Nia:

Za’Nia Coleman is an interdisciplinary artist experimenting with textiles, digital media, and cultural curation. Her primary medium is film focusing on documentary, oral history, and digital projections. With projections, she is exploring how to reclaim the outside spaces both figuratively and literally that Black Femmes are subjected to by using projection mapping to visualize or give imagery to their worlds. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tangible Collective, an art collective that creates space devoted to Black Millennial thought and expression.

Join us on September 14, 15, and 16 at Rice Park to see new video projections made by Za’Nia and six other artists! Learn more on our website → https://publicartstpaul.org/wakpa/.

Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 08/31/2023

Witt Siasoco is one of the artists featured in “Constellation: Video Storytelling,” a group exhibition in which new videos made by a cohort of seven artists are projected onto the downtown City of Saint Paul George Latimer Public Library in Rice Park. As part of the Wakpa Triennial, the exhibition will run from September 14 to 16. A little bit about Witt:

Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged at the intersection of the arts & civic process for more than 20 years. Siasoco was selected by the City of Minneapolis as a Creative City making Artist, a year-long collaboration between artists and City planners. His studio practice is rooted in creating art in public space that catalyzes civic dialogue and collective action. Siasoco’s public art project, This Home is Not for Sale, was an Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Award recipient, highlighting compelling national public art projects.

Join us on September 14, 15, and 16 at Rice Park to see new video projections made by Witt and six other artists! Learn more on our website → https://publicartstpaul.org/wakpa/.

Photos from Public Art Saint Paul's post 08/29/2023

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is one of the artists featured in “Constellation: Video Storytelling,” a group exhibition in which new videos made by a cohort of seven artists are projected onto the downtown City of Saint Paul George Latimer Public Library in Rice Park. As part of the Wakpa Triennial, the exhibition will run from September 14 to 16. A little bit about SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE:

SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is a Xicanx hip-hop artist, producer, spoken word poet, & social justice educator. They create work with an unrelenting commitment to craft, innovation, and community and make a life of creating art through the lenses of identity, history, and culture.

Join us on September 14, 15, and 16 at Rice Park to see new video projections made by SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE and six other artists! Learn more on our website → https://publicartstpaul.org/wakpa/.

08/25/2023

Don't miss tomorrow's event, The Sounds of Frogtown!

August 26 from 1-3 pm at the Center For Hmong Arts and Talent
995 University Ave. West, Second Floor
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Come experience the music and artistry of some youth and emerging musicians in the heart of Frogtown Sat. August 26 from 1pm to 3pm at Century Plaza, 995 University Ave. West Suite 220, St. Paul, MN. Come meet these artists and learn about their story! Modern and Hmong songs will be performed! In addition, the students of CHAT’s summer music program will do a short recital.

We will have a small reception with refreshments to meet the artists after their performances.

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