The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the place for summer fun! Dance to music from Alma Andina, hear a beautiful story about gardens by Mélina Mangal, make art inspired by the plants surrounding us, and learn about how we can take care of the environment. Then stop by the Youth Farm tent to learn about how to grow and harvest food as well as the work the youth are doing in farm sites across the Twin Cities.
Readings of Jayden’s Impossible Garden by Mélina Mangal will be at 10:30 am, 12 noon, and 1:30 pm. Performances by Alma Andina will be at 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm. Performances are roughly 30 minutes and will be the same at each time.
Get creative with projects inspired by artworks from the Walker and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! Each kit will contain instructions and all the materials you need to create your own artwork. For ages 5 and up, young children will need some help from an adult. Quantities are limited.
About the Performers
Working at the intersection of nature, literature, and culture, Mélina Mangal’s writing highlights youth whose voices are rarely heard as well as the people and places that inspire them to explore their world. She is the author of short stories and biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award and named an NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Mangal also works as a school library teacher in Minnesota and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, whether it’s in her backyard or hiking in the woods.
Alma Andina combines traditional instruments from South America with Latin rhythms such as cumbia, salsa, guajira, reggaeton, reggae, and other danceable styles. They have been playing music in the Twin Cities for more than 7 years, always evolving in their instrumentation, line-up, and sound. With a diverse line-up of members from Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States, Andina brings a mix of musical flavors and invites the community to feel unified and represented by the beautiful and always evolving diversity.
Outdoor Performance and Event Guidelines
Mask wearing is recommended for visitors who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Lawn furniture and smoking are not allowed. There will be food trucks, a water bottle refill station, and a handwashing station at the bottom of the hill.
There will be two accessible seating spaces on level grassy areas on the hillside—one at the bottom of the hill and one halfway up the hill. These spaces are next to a paved path and will have chairs for people who need them. Staff members stationed around the hillside will be able to assist with accessible seating.
To request accommodations for this program or for more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.
Free Gallery Admission
Free First Saturdays also feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month. Gallery admission tickets must be reserved separately, please click here.
On Free First Saturdays, due to the high number of children in attendance, we politely request visitors wear face masks inside the building to support the safety and comfort of families.