Place + Making: July 2023
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Place + Making: July 2023

Children run outside while flying kites.
Fun activities at Summer Social: Common Ground, 2022. Photo: Carina Lofgren for Walker Art Center.

Mutual care, history, interconnectedness, and resilience are but a few of the many things we can learn from plants and the places we are rooted within. This summer, learn about the place where the Walker Art Center currently resides, which was once an expanse of marshland and meadow, and the meanings it holds for Dakota, Ojibwe, and Indigenous people from other Native nations who live in the community today.

Find inspiration in the natural world while exploring the native plants found around the Walker campus and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The Walker’s library will also host an installation of artists’ books made with unusual or natural fiber materials. Throughout the evening, local artists will be stationed in the greenspace with materials and instructions for creative activities open to all ages and experience levels.

Galleries are open late and free on Thursday nights from 5–9 pm.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

The Walker hillside and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden are wheelchair accessible. Some activities may take place on grass and gravel surfaces.

Assistive listening devices will be used to ensure participants can hear the facilitator. Participants will be given complimentary disposable headphones to use or may bring their own (compatible with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack).

The Walker is happy to arrange ASL interpretation with at least two weeks advance notice.

To request accommodations for these programs or for more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

Free Thursday Nights are sponsored by