This year for giveBIG St. Croix Valley 2022, Franconia Sculpture Park is raising money for the upcoming 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial. As as crucial member of the creative community of the St. Croix Valley, Franconia believes that art, nature, and community connect all of us. Nourishing and sustaining our artistic and natural resources makes us proud to share this place. We recognize that space is crucial for creative and immersive endeavors, wonder, and awe.
Building upon this vision, the 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial will take place June through August across multiple sites of the St. Croix Valley and beyond, including Franconia Sculpture Park, Belwin Conservancy, and The Acreage at Osceola. This far-reaching initiative highlights the symbiotic relationship between art and ecology and is created in partnership with more than 25 different nonprofit organizations, tribal groups, and government agencies, developed through a series of monthly convenings to ensure the program is by and for the communities they serve. As we think about how we can actively participate as stewards of the land, paying respect to the Native people that have lived on and cared for this land for thousands of years, the collective of 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial developed this collaborative program that celebrates the beauty of the St. Croix Valley through site-specific land art, educates visitors about environmental issues affecting our communities, and gives space for Native artists to share their stories and culture on the land that we share.
Simply put, 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial is a way for organizations in the St. Croix Valley and beyond who share similar missions, values, and programs to collectively curate, program, and market on a wider scale. As a funder of Franconia in 2022, you are not just supporting one organizations, you are supporting 25 organizations, many located in the St. Croix Valley. And now more than ever do we find it imperative to expand our curatorial initiatives beyond the physical confines of the park. While we currently serve a growing audience of 200,000 visitors each year at Franconia, with 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial we can expand our reach exponentially with the collective visibility of each participating Host Site, reaching an anticipated overall audience of 669,000 unique visitors to 4Ground during the three months of the program.
Your support of Franconia during giveBIG St. Croix Valley 2022 will significantly impact Franconia, allowing us to continue serving the St. Croix Valley region and beyond through unique and impactful programming that links contemporary art and ecology in educational and inspiring ways.
Plus, as a token of our gratitude, everyone who gives $25+ during this giveBIG campaign season will receive an invite to the official 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial launch party at Franconia on June 4th, as well as a special, limited-edition 4Ground pin featuring one of the commissioned works!
Franconia Sculpture Park is the preeminent, artist-centered sculpture park in the Midwest. Founded in 1996, Franconia’s mission is to foster an inclusive community to create and contemplate contemporary art inspired by nature and our ever-evolving world. Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley of Minnesota, Franconia operates a 50-acre outdoor museum, active artist residency program, and an impressive schedule of more than 60 public programs each year.
Franconia Sculpture Park is contemporary, bold, inclusive, and equally embraces both the local and the global. We aim to be a national model for how a contemporary outdoor art museum can engage and collaborate with the community. We cultivate critical dialogue between artists and audiences; support artists through the production and presentation of new, experimental work; and educate artists and audiences of tomorrow. Franconia applies creative solutions to topical issues through the vehicle of contemporary sculpture, land art, performance, and social practice. We create programming that is ambitious, innovative, and that is responsive to the wants and needs of artists.
Franconia is free and open to the public 365 days a year from 8am-8pm.