The Walker Art Center’s annual benefit returns! Meet us in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a celebration with all the spectacular sights and sounds that you’ve come to expect from this late summer tradition: heavenly food, craft cocktails, a showstopping art auction, a live auction, and a sensational dance party with Flip Phone’s DJ queenDuin and Talib Kweli.
Proceeds support the Walker’s mission to empower people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways.
Avant Garden 2022 is SOLD OUT.
Some helpful information for ticketholders:
RECEIVING YOUR TICKETS
A QR code will be emailed to ticketholders on Saturday morning. This QR code is valid for all guests in your party. A photo ID may also be used for entry into the event.
WHEN TO ARRIVE
Insider, Trendsetter, and Groundbreaker ticketholders may arrive as early as 5 pm. Influencer guests are welcomed at 8:30 pm (please note that Influencer guests will be unable to access the event before this time).
Complimentary valet is provided at the party entrance (400 Kenwood Parkway). If you leave your car overnight, your keys will be at Walker Security Control (on Groveland Avenue) and car will be in the Vineland Ramp. Overnight parking is $10.
Our recommended attire is creative cocktail. Please keep in mind that Avant Garden will have indoor and outdoor elements. If you need inspiration, enjoy this style guide from Garden Party sponsor MartinPatrick3.
FUND A NEED
Show your support by sharing the art you love with kids across the state by donating to the First Time Field Trip Program.
Contact the Walker Box Office during gallery hours at 612-375-7600.
AVANT GARDEN 2022
Groundbreaker ($15,000 or $17,500) / 5 pm–12 midnight
Packages available for 6 or 10 guests / SOLD OUT
Includes cocktail reception, gourmet small plate dinner at a seated table, premier silent art auction, and live program with bossa nova performance (estimated benefits value $750 and $1,250).
Trendsetter ($10,000) / 5 pm–12 midnight / SOLD OUT
Package for 10 guests.
Includes cocktail reception, gourmet small plate dinner at a high-top table, premier silent art auction, and live program with bossa nova performance (estimated benefits value $1,250).
Insider ($1,250) / 5 pm–12 midnight / SOLD OUT
Cocktail reception, gourmet small plate dinner, premier silent art auction, and live program (estimated benefits value $125).
Influencer ($125) / 8:30 pm–12 midnight / SOLD OUT
An indoor/outdoor experience with a perfect party ambiance set by Flip Phone’s DJ queenDuin and Talib Kweli, two drink tickets, and late-night treats (estimated benefits value $50).
ADD ON: Bottle Service Lounge ($5,000) / 8:30 pm–12 midnight / ONE REMAINING
Enhance your experience with unlimited drinks and a seated lounge near the dance floor. Seats up to 6 ticket holders (estimated benefits value $500). Limited space available; call the Donor Line to reserve at 612-375-7641 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm).
AVANT GARDEN 2022 CO-CHAIRS
BIPOC ARTIST FUND CO-CHAIRS
HOST COMMITTEE CHAIR
Chris McDuffie, Co-chair
Vanessa McDuffie, Co-chair
Jahna Peloquin, Co-chair
Greg Stenmoe, Co-chair
Susan Blaska Lindahl