Public Art Saint Paul

A nonprofit organization

$3,662 raised by 31 donors

73% complete

$5,000 Goal

Public Art Saint Paul is a private, non-profit organization working in partnership with the City of Saint Paul to imagine and create a more just, sustainable, and beautiful city. By placing artists in leading roles, we help shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement.

Join Public Art Saint Paul and make a difference in the lives of Minnesota artists with a tax-deductible donation. Public Art Saint Paul dedicated 2022 to our community by returning to hosting in-person programming with joy and curiosity. We deepened our relationships with the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods with Saint Paul by expanding our youth programming in Western Sculpture Park, provided new public art in community farm and garden spaces, and facilitated opportunities for artists to work with the City of Saint Paul on public art installations along Wheelock Parkway, the Highland Bridge development, and Western Sculpture Park.

With the support of donors like you, Public Art Saint Paul has been laying the framework for a major project for summer 2023. The Wakpa Triennial Art Festival will be 12 weeks of new public art commissions and exhibitions by Minnesota-based artists installed in a network of locations across Saint Paul and Minneapolis. This will be the largest art experience to come to the Twin Cities, and we are thrilled to activate our vibrant artistic communities through our networks of civic strength, creativity, and healing. 

In tandem with the Wakpa Triennial, Public Art Saint Paul is celebrating 15 years of Sidewalk Poetry in 2023! To recognize this anniversary, Public Art Saint Paul will host the 2023 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. We are expanding our selected poems from five to fifteen to celebrate fifteen years of stamping poetry of Saint Paul residents onto Saint Paul sidewalks. As always, anyone who is a resident of Saint Paul will be eligible to submit a poem in any of our five accepted languages: Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Dakota, and English. No writing or publishing experience is necessary!

Your donation today will directly support these upcoming endeavors, as well as our on-going programs that place artists in leading roles throughout the communities of Saint Paul. Whether it's large or small, a gift of any size to Public Art Saint Paul will make a difference and support our mission to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement.

 Thank you for your support! 

Sidewalk Poetry

Wakpa Triennial Art Festival

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Wakpa Triennial Art Festival

Twin Cities

June 24, 2023 - September 17, 2023

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Public Art Saint Paul

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381 Wabasha Street N
St Paul, MN 55102



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