2019 Midway public art Festival

The Midway Public Art Working Group, Hamline Midway Coalition and the Friends of Hamline Park are co-hosting the Midway Public Art Festival at Hamline Park in St. Paul on June 29 from 11am-3pm. The festival will highlight the diverse talents of neighborhood artists through interactive public art, while providing a welcoming gathering for local residents and soccer fans attending the Minnesota United game that day at Allianz Field.

Request for Proposals

The Midway Public Art Working Group is seeking public art proposals for its Public Art Festival at Hamline Park in St. Paul on June 29 from 11am-3pm. The festival will highlight the diverse range, experiences, and talents of neighborhood artists, while providing a welcoming gathering for neighborhood residents and soccer fans attending the Minnesota United game that day at Allianz Field. We are seeking 8-12 artists, who will be paid between $150-250, depending on the length of the performance participation, during the 4-hour festival.

We encourage you to define public art as broadly as possible and think outside the box. The only requirement is that the proposal must involve some sort of action, performance, or interactive component that engages with a public audience or space. In other words, visual art is acceptable if it is accompanied by some sort of interactive art-making or art-related activity. Proposals can, for example, include dance, song, live painting, miming, acrobatics, sound or light projects, projections, etc.  

Our commitment to varied and diverse forms of cultural and artistic expression reinforces a further commitment to honoring the varied and diverse identities and values shaping our community.  We strongly encourage proposals from those often underrepresented in the arts, and particularly encourage emerging artists, persons of color and Indigenous people to apply. Artists must live, work, or go to school in the Hamline Midway neighborhood.

Please submit your proposal, in any language, either by email or video or google forms, along with documentation of any past artwork, to midwaypublicart@gmail.com. If you are sending an email, please limit the proposal to 250 words. Submissions are due June 1.

If you’d like to volunteer, please submit your information here.

If your group would like to make art at the festival but not submit a proposal, let us know here.

2018 Midway Public art Projects

In 2018, the Midway Public Art Working Group teamed up with Hamline Elementary School to again support a talented emerging artist, Hamline University alumnae, Sarah Lentz. This mural was the culmination of months of hands-on teaching work between the artist and Hamline Elementary School students.

Hamline elementary school mural, by Sarah lentz

Hamline Elementary School Mural

2017 Midway public art projects

The Midway Public Art Working Group, Midway Murals, and Hamline University helped lead 2 new projects in 2017. The first is a gorgeous mural restoration project of Picnic at Newell Park, a 30 year-old mural by local artist Chris Baird at the corner of Snelling and Englewood Avenues (see video below). The second is an exciting new mural, just across the street at 742 Snelling Avenue, by talented local emerging artist Ilana Budenosky called Stop Requested.

 stop requested, by ilana budenosky 

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