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. The event is free and open to all.
We are excited to announce our lineup of public artists for the event!
Tim Blighton — Poetry on Demand — Tim is a Hamline University alumnus who was a hit at the 2015 Midway Murals Launch Party, and he and his typewriter are coming back to create beautiful, thoughtful, personalized poems for attendees. Sit down and converse with Tim, then sit back and soak in a beautiful one-of-a-kind poem just for you.
Face Me Por Favor — Two Midway-based artists create murals that capture unique neighborhoods and people throughout the world. The artwork is designed with cross-generational, cross-racial community input and unites around common themes of solidarity, celebration, and local pride. The artists are currently recruiting neighborhood folks to send photos of themselves to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to the festival, the artists will paint some of these faces, and then at the event, paintings will be wheat-pasted onto plywood with the help of participants, allowing people to share their stories, meet other participants, and be part of the art making process.
Lori Greene — Mosaics on a Stick — Lori and her studio-shop, Mosaic on a Stick, are both neighborhood institutions, and Lori was one of the 4 amazingly talented muralists with the original Midway Murals project. She will be doing one of her trademark projects, which educates and exposes people young and old to the art of mosaic through small-scale art pieces you can call your own.
Steph Hankerson — Smell & Smile: Create your own aromatic sachet bundle — Steph is a longtime community cultivator and active neighborhood resident who will give people the opportunity to take a moment to explore the scents of herbs grown in Minnesota. Once you find your favorites, you can take some home in a potpourri bundle!
Joel Haskard — Cardboardo: 100 Radical Unicorns & A Couple of Chickens — Joel was a recipient of a 2018 Midway Public Art Working Group mini-grant for this project, which provides participants with stenciled postcards (cardboard coaster material) that can be mailed to your weird friends or used as art on your walls (or a coaster for your beer). Markers and pens available to create/ personalize your own!
Sarah Lentz — Untitled — Sarah is a Hamline University alumna who created the newest sparkling Midway Mural at Hamline Elementary School in 2018. She will create an interactive temporary chalk installation dealing with the ever-looming issue of climate change, by asking the question, What does a healthy living environment mean to our community members?
Kate Malanaphy — Live Music Performance — Kate is a Hamline University student and Saint Paul-based singer-songwriter whose songs feature classically-influenced piano and pining vocals. We are excited to have her making her neighborhood debut at the festival!
Noah Tilsen — Lichtenberg Organ — Noah is a longtime neighborhood resident and Hamline University student who will perform his remarkable fractal woodburning musical instrument. The Lichtenberg organ sends high voltages of electricity through pieces of wood and picks up the electro-magnetic frequencies to create sound, which Noah then amplifies and remixes.
Bethany Whitehead — Art-O-Matic — Bethany is a lifelong Hamline-Midway resident who has worked in the Twin Cities arts community for 20 years and attends over 150 arts events a year. She will take a brief survey about your art preferences, feed it into the Art-O-Matic, and voilà — a custom schedule of art locales and events will be created specifically for you! Guaranteed to open your eyes to a world of Twin Cities arts opportunities!
XIBABA and Babatunde Lea — Live Music Performance — This dynamic neighborhood-based group performs all over the Twin Cities and beyond, and they have brought their engaging, uplifting music to Hamline Park on several previous occasions. XIBABA is Tom and Mira Kehoe playing their distinctive brand of Brazilian, World and Jazz music, and Babatunde will wow you with his African drumming.