The Walker Art Center continues its May-September
Free First Saturday
Communities Create Art
on Saturday, June 5, from 11 am-4 pm in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This special edition of Free First Saturdays is the launch event for Minneapolis MOSAIC 2004, a two-month festival celebrating the breadth of arts and culture that the city has to offer. Featured during the day will be performances by the jazz and world acoustic music combo Drogo, the X-Team Yo-Yo performers (who also performed at Free First Saturday in January 2004), Mu Daiko, showcasing the Japanese art of taiko drumming, as well as drummers from the world music class at Southwest High School. There will also be art lab activities and Garden tours for the whole family.
“We created MOSAIC to use the arts as a window through which people can explore the diverse cultures of Minneapolis,” says Mayor R. T. Rybak. “It’s a chance for people from all over the region to learn about and celebrate the richness that is right here in their backyard.” With new communities calling the Twin Cities home, this window offers an exciting and ever-changing view. “In Minneapolis, we’re experiencing a lot of change.
Recent immigration, new languages, new forms of expression,” says Reggie Prim, Walker community programs coordinator and MOSAIC event committee co-chair. “The arts are how we embrace that growth, that diversity, that change. The arts are the best way for us to get our hearts and minds around that.” For a full schedule of the more than 300 MOSAIC events, including Many Worlds, One Night on the evening of June 5, visit www.minneapolismosaic.com.
All Free First Saturday events are free and recommended for all ages.
In case of severe weather, event will be canceled.
For information, call 612.375.7622.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Communities Create Art
Saturday, June 5, 11 am-4 pm FREE
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Celebrate the city’s spectacular mix of music, theater, dance, and visual arts with the opening event of Minneapolis MOSAIC 2004.
Performance: Drogo, 11 am
Move your body to the sounds of Brazil and France when Drogo hits the stage.
Performance: X-team Yo-Yo Spinners, 12:30 pm
Watch and learn as the X-team dazzles us with their high-flying yo-yos.
Performance: Mu Daiko, 1:30 pm
The Japanese art of taiko (“fat drum”) drumming goes back thousands of years. Today this thrilling, powerful, athletic music is performed around the world.
Performance: Southwest High School Drummers, 3 pm
The world music class from Southwest High School, led by Douglas Ewart and Southwest teachers, plays drums created by Steve Rosenthal.
Art-Making for the Whole Family: Around the Garden, 12 noon–4 pm
Build a giant sculpture with inventors from Leonardo’s Basement, draw outside the lines with a colorful sidewalk chalk project, and collaborate with other families to create magnetic poetry and a mural.
Garden Tour for Families: Treasure Hunt, 12 noon and 2 pm
Discover the Walker’s hidden treasures as you explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Tours meet at the main Vineland entrance to the Garden.