Garden Grill by D’Amico

The Open Field Bar & Grill features classic Americana foods like angus beef/black bean burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, keg beer, and lemonade. Learn more

Meet the Artists in Residence

Machine Project from Los Angeles (July 20-29) and Marc Bamuthi Joseph from Oakland, California (August 15-18).

Come Create!

Drawing Club is about the social experience of art-making, collaboration and play. Come add your creative touch during weekly sessions open to local artists and the public alike.
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Introducing Open Field

Open Field is what we make together.


About Open Field:

From June to August, Open Field transforms the Walker Art Center’s big, green yard into a cultural commons. The space is designed to explore what happens when people get together to share and exchange skills and interests, to create something new, or delve into the unknown.

Dubbed as a “happy mutant smorgasbord”, the community has shaped Open Field into the ultimate mix of activities and surprises. Each year over 100 individuals and groups contribute to this summer-long festival of community-sourced events with everything from poetry readings, music, and yoga on the lawn to skill-share lessons with a twist. Everyone is encouraged to share their talents and interests, and to simply show up and join in.

Ways to Participate:

Create your own scheduled Open Field activity to share with others. For more information, visit the Propose Your Activity page.

Hangout and meet friends for Thursday night beers; surf on the lawn with our free Wi-Fi; check out recreational equipment at The Hub to use on the field; or sprawl out on a picnic blanket with friends or a book.

Join in on what the community creates or check out Walker programming on Target Free Thursday nights like Drawing Club and Acoustic Campfire. Open Field kicks off with Northern Spark on June 14, and concludes with the wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival on August 14.


Want to know more?

Find Open Field’s history, and writings about the meaning and impact of public practice for institutions in Open Field: Conversations on the Commons, available for purchase in the Walker bookstore.