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Free First Saturday

Part of Walker Open Field

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

Share your creativity with other families in an outdoor Free First Saturday in the Walker’s Open Field.

Drawing Club

10 am–3 pm
Sketch with local artists and add to a pool of collectively created artworks. Finished works will be displayed on the Open Field Flickr page. Drawing Club guest artists include: Ute Bertog, Lenora Drowns, David Hedding, Eryka Jackson, Christopher Park, Carl Perkins, Samantha Sather, Brooke Tiegan, and Page Whitmore.

Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once…

10 am–3 pm
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
What does local really mean to you? Are you a product of where you live? If you move somewhere else, are you still you? Who better to answer those questions than your children. European-turned-local media artists tectonic industries will create a video installation based on your children’s answers to some of these pressing questions outside on the field.

Open Map

10 am–3 pm
Walker Open Field
Where do you go to enjoy yourself in the Twin Cities? Artist Susan Armington leads the creation of a gigantic collective map on the Open Field where you will make a 3D model of your favorite spot! Add yourself to others’ creations and share stories about your experiences and adventures around the Metro.

Performance & Workshop: Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

11 am
You’ll find yourself tapping your toes and clapping your hands to this upbeat, energetic performance of live, old-time string-band song and dance. Since 1979, the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers have spread the joy of traditional Appalachian dancing and music around the Midwest and throughout the world. A square dance and clogging workshop immediately follows the show.

Performance: Pert’ Near Sandstone

1 pm
Take old-time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group that likes to play hard and have fun. Twin Cities-based Pert’ Near Sandstone rejuvenates American string band music with raw energy, driving fiddle melodies, and the rhythms of a foot-stomping clogger.


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