Art Shanty Projects

A nonprofit organization

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We've done a lot of internal work during the pandemic, and are excited to share our new mission and vision with you!


Art Shanty Projects intentionally creates an impermanent art village on Minnesota lake ice amid changing climate and environment. With a spirit of embracing challenges through creativity, we support an ecosystem that inspires everyone to create and participate in art, thrive in winter, and build community.


Our vision for the future is to spark new ideas, encourage the discovery and development of existing artistic skills, and break down the barriers between artist and participant through unexpected encounters with a vibrant artistic village. We reinterpret traditions that sustain communities through winter to forge new pathways of connectedness using art to shape a world where people and planet are respected, healthy, and thriving. We strive for a community without hierarchy. Instead, we work to share power and resources. We celebrate the skills and unique talents each individual brings to the project and aspire to compensate people fairly for their labor. Artists create the shanties, performances, and art actions of their imaginations, not limited by access to resources. We build accessibility into the fabric of how we do art and we work to remove all barriers of access for participants. We demonstrate a deep commitment to social, racial, gender, and economic justice through our actions, processes, and program. We actively work toward zero waste, sustainable gatherings. Material resources are consciously chosen and sourced, reused, repurposed, and recycled. Our people power continues to be useful throughout the year. Our vision for the future is fueled by joy and creative celebration.

2022 Program

The On-ice Program will take place on Bde Unma (Lake Harriet) from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, January 15 – February 6, 2022. 

Art Shanty Projects is a joyful expression of public art, and we have a commitment to prioritize public health in our operations. In the spirit of abundant caution and love for our community, we are offering an EXTERIOR-ONLY EXPERIENCE for visitors in 2022. With artist input through a design charrette process last January, this year will feature shanties that can be engaged with from the outside or in the open air, and more performances and art actions than ever before, including more focus on movement activities to keep folks warm!

We hope to see you there!

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Organization name

Art Shanty Projects

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Arts & Culture Community

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


PO Box 18684
Minneapolis, MN 55418



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