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West St. Paul is finally bringing art to the Art Park at the corner of Oakdale and Butler. Earlier this year the city received a grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council and now there’s a series of events to gather community input and create the project.
It starts tonight with an informal sidewalk chalk event in the Art Park. Fliers and more information about the Art Park process will be available.
The Art Park project will bring in St. Paul artist Lori Greene to create a mosaic column. This will be the first of hopefully more artistic elements in the park.
The community is invited to participate in the process:
- Share your input: There’s a short video explaining the project (also in Spanish) and a quick survey to share your input about the project.
- The survey deadline is August 26.
- Help paint: There will be two painting events at the West St. Paul Sports Complex where the mosaic design is painted on cardboard. Due to social distancing guidelines, these events are limited to 15 people. You can reserve a space through Sign Up Genius. Spanish interpretation will be available.
- Saturday, September 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon (Facebook event)
- Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-8 p.m. (Facebook event)
- Write on tile: Then there will be a drop-in event at Harmon Park to write words related to the piece’s theme on tile pieces that will make up the mosaic sculpture. The process should taken less than 10 minutes, so it’s a fun and quick way to be a part of the project. Again, due to social distancing guidelines, 10 people will cycle through at time. Spanish interpretation will be available.
- Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Facebook event)
- Donate: The grant requires a local community match of $2,500. Thanks to other donations, the group only needs to raise another $1,000. You can donate through GoFundMe to help support the project.
Depending on how quickly the piece can be finished, it will either be installed in the fall or next spring.
You can the follow the WSP Art group on Facebook to get further updates.
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