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Party In/The Garden

The health and safety of our guests, staff, artists, and community is our top priority. In an effort to better minimize risk and the spread of COVID-19, all attendees will be required to present proof of either a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. All guests are also encouraged to wear face masks when not eating or drinking. Details can be found below, under Safety Protocols.

Party In/The Garden promises a signature Walker party experience with gourmet food, craft cocktails, a premiere art auction, program with live auction and fund a need, performance by Dessa, and dance party with DJ Shannon Blowtorch and Questlove. For the first time, the Walker’s annual benefit will offer an in-person experience as well as a virtual complement, allowing guests to take part from around the world.

In-person tickets to Party in/the Garden have sold out. The virtual experience, free and open to all, will drop here on September 18 at 5 pm (CDT). It will include an exclusive 15-minute short film featuring artists Angela Two Stars and Julie Mehretu as well as a custom playlist by Dessa so you can continue the party in your own garden! Register here for your free Party In ticket today.

Proceeds from Party In/The Garden support the Walker Art Center’s award-winning artistic and educational programs and help us continue to fulfill our mission as a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences.


Party In: A House Party / VIEW

Global Party (Free)

Enjoy the on-demand virtual program, a short film featuring Julie Mehretu and Angela Two Stars, then bring the dance party to your backyard with tunes from a playlist curated by Dessa. View the global program online here.


The Garden: A Sculpture Garden Party (limited availability)

Trendsetter ($10,000) / 5 pm–midnight / SOLD OUT
Package for 10 guests // Cocktail reception, high-top table with gourmet small plate dinner, drink service, premiere silent art auction, live program, intimate performance by Dessa, and a limited-edition artwork by Wing Young Huie (Estimated benefits value $3,650).

Groundbreaker ($17,500) / 5 pm–midnight / SOLD OUT
Package for 10 guests // All of the above at a seated table with full service (Estimated benefits value $3,650).

Insider ($1,250) / 5 pm–midnight / SOLD OUT
Cocktail reception, gourmet small plate dinner, premiere silent art auction, live program, and intimate performance by Dessa (Estimated benefits value $165).

Influencer ($125) / 8:30 pm–midnight / SOLD OUT
An indoor/outdoor party with local favorite DJ Shannon Blowtorch and the legendary Questlove, two drink tickets, and late-night treats (Estimated benefits value $65).

ADD ON: Bottle Service Lounge ($2,500) / 8:30 pm–midnight / SOLD OUT
Reserved lounge and unlimited drinks near the dance floor. Seats up to 6 ticket holders (Estimated benefits value $500). Enhance your experience by purchasing the bottle service lounge at 612-375-7641.


Party In/The Garden 2021 Co-Chairs

Tara Dev
Lili Hall
Linda Singh

Auction Committee Co-Chairs

Dan Avchen
Rob Sherer

BIPOC Artist Fund Co-Chairs

Cara Deanes
Christopheraaron Deanes

Host Committee

Christopher Hermann, Co-Chair
Nii Quaye, Co-Chair
Mark Addicks
Carrie Connor

Sponsorship Co-Chairs

Chris Haqq
Jeff Sunberg

Ticket Committee

Chris McDuffie, Co-Chair
Vanessa McDuffie, Co-Chair
Jahna Peloquin, Co-Chair
Susan Blaska Lindahl
Kerry Ciardelli
Amy DuCharme
Davee Ek
Andrew Flesher
Janie Hanson
Charlie Hornig
Richard Moody
Natalie Morrow
Anne Paape
Marion Parke
Bryan Pieper
Joy Quaidoo
Luther Ranheim
Wynne Reece
Kaley Schliep
Aika Shoo
Nadege Souvenir
Robert Spikings
Greg Stenmoe
Nicole Sunberg
Houston White

Party In/The Garden Supporters

Jesse and Linda Singh
Donna and Jim Pohlad
Dave & Leni Moore and Laura & John Taft

Burnet Fine Art & Advisory
Lisa and Pat Denzer
Tara K. Dev & Sundeep Dev, Amy & Miles Fiterman, M.E. & Chris
Kirwan, Marion & Will Parke, and Jessica & Peter Prudden
Aleya & Jud Champlin, Brian & Stephanie Childs, Brent & Mitzi Magid,
Pilar Oppedisano, and David & Karen Williams
Karen and Ken Heithoff
Seena Hodges and Ansa Akyea
Anne Labovitz and Valerie Lemaine
The Metropolitan Skin Clinic – Wayne Zink and Christopher Schout
Martha (Muffy) MacMillan
Brian Pietsch and Christopher Hermann
Charlie Pohlad
Nii Quaye
RBC Wealth Management
Judith and Stephen Shank
John and Annette Whaley
Marge and Irv Weiser

Safety Protocols

In an effort to better minimize risk and the spread of COVID-19, all Party In/The Garden guests will be required to present proof of either a full course of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Proof of vaccination may include a physical card or a photo of your vaccination card. Guests’ final vaccination doses must be administered no later than Saturday, September 4 (14 days before the event). Negative test results may be printed or digital, and the test must be taken between Thursday, September 16 and Saturday, September 18 (within 72 hours of the event). Names listed on test results and vaccination cards must match the guest’s photo ID.

Guests who are prevented from receiving the vaccine due to medical conditions or closely held religious beliefs can attend with proof of a negative COVID-19 taken test within 72 hours of the event. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask.

Other Resources:
Schedule your free COVID-19 vaccination.
Request a copy of your Minnesota vaccination record. Information about obtaining vaccination records from other states can be found here.
Schedule a free COVID-19 test.


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