Red Hot Art Recap

Thanks to everyone who made it out to Red Hot Art in Stevens Square Park last weekend. We are so honored to have been able to participate and work with and meet so many of our community members. Here’s a recap:

A long standing tradition in the Stevens Square Park neighborhood (just south of downtown Minneapolis), Red Hot Art festival “provides an art and entertainment space for thousands of festival goers during the last weekend of July. Over 100 local artists and 20 bands are featured annually, along with local food vendors. The Red Hot Art festival strives to be accessible and affordable. A majority of the art available is between $5-$50 dollars. It’s a great opportunity to connect with local artists and purchase original artwork.

Founded in 1976, Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) is one of the longest running community organizations in the Twin Cities. Our goal is to strengthen the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood by initiating, integrating and implementing our mission statement, a key pillar of which is building community through the arts. For more information on SSCO and the events we put on throughout the year please visit our webpage sscoweb.org or find us on Facebook.” (as taken from Red Hot Art’s website).

This year, we were invited by SSCO and Red Hot Art to put together an interactive screenprinting project.  They were looking for participatory art and so we decided to put together a mobile screen-printing set up, design some images with Stevens Square in mind, and put together a set of stickers that festival attendees print themselves and then take home–for free. I think it’s safe to say it was a hit.  In the two days of the festival, despite one of them being quite rainy, we printed over 2500 stickers with the community.  It was inspiring to meet so many people who were interested in printmaking.  It’s always a great experience to teach and print with people of so many different ages and backgrounds, especially in such a beautiful and educational environment.  We hope to see everyone at future events!

Here’s some images from the weekend, including our drawing and prep process:

We’d also like to thank our neighbors and other participants in the fest, a few of our favorites were:

• The thoughtful typing station complete with a typewriter, notecards, and prompts on why art, parks, and community are important. • Ugaso & Matt Well’s community mural set up with a great view of the music stage • The ping pong tables The HUB’s free bike tune-up station The Animal Clinic’s booth with colored animals, pet treats, and toys The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s outdoor painting set up and red easels The Conversationalist And, of course, the killer art & music line up

Looking to for a Minneapolis based group to lead, host, or teach screenprinting events or classes? Contact us: wehavelivingproof@gmail.com

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