Art in the Park

Conducted in close collaboration with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Art in the Park provides free art programs for youth in the Minneapolis parks.

This summer 2018, look for Mia at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board festivals and events or come visit Mobile Mia:

Mobile Mia

Come make art with us! Mobile Mia provides free art activities for all ages in the Minneapolis parks via bicycle all summer long.

Mobile Mia Locations:

Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S
August 17, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Peavey Park, 730 E 22nd St
Tuesdays June 19 – August 14, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Central Gym Park, 3400 4th Ave S
Wednesdays, June 20 – August 15, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Whittier Park, 425 W 26th St
Thursdays, June 21 – August 16, 3:30 pm–5:00 pm

Mobile Mia Special Events:

Whittier Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, August 11, 18, and 25, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (Southside of Calvary Baptist Church, 2608 Blaisdell Ave)

Great Whittier Get Together at Whittier Park, August 13, 5:00–8:30 pm

Movie: Men in Black at Whittier Park, August 23, 7–9:00 pm

Open Streets Franklin at NACDI, 1414 E Franklin Ave,  August 26, 11:00 am–5:00 pm

Eat Street Festival September 15, 6:00–9:00 pm


Past Programs

The Crossover: Basketball + Art


April 16-20, 4:30-6:30 pm
Whittier Park, 425 W. 26th St. Minneapolis, MN  55405
Ages 11-19

Students explored the basic elements of art by creating a painting using a basketball backboard as a canvas. This 5-day class was inspired by artworks in the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection and was taught by Twin Cities aerosol art pioneer Peyton Scott Russell.


Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival 2018


Join Mia artist on the frozen lake.


Water Is Life Posters 2017


Free; open to ages 9–12.

Let’s honor the importance of water in our lives with the help of Spirit Lake Dakota–artist Marlena Myles. Student artists will create posters using stencils, drawing inspiration from artworks found at Mia and from water itself.


The Crossover: Art + Basketball

October 23–27, 2017

Let’s use a basketball backboard as a canvas to explore the basic elements of art. Taught by artist Twin Cities aerosol-art pioneer Peyton Russell, this week-long class will be inspired by artworks in Mia’s collection. Presented in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.