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Community Events and Programs

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.

Summer 2020, Artist in Residence (AiR) weeks will be promoted through Powderhorn Park, Farview Park, Phillips Park, Beltrami Park and Whittier Park. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to register for this free program! 

AiR week is a kit-based week of art-making, that includes a couple virtual components participants can engage in from a distance. This AiR theme is WATER, connecting to various art-mediums, science themes and Mia’s gallery collection. AiR activities are designed for young people ages 8-19 yrs old (age range depending on the park, see registration link for details).

Register for Powderhorn Park AiR week, July 6th-10th, 2020, through the following link, suggested participant age range (12-17 yrs)

Register for Farview Park AiR week, July 20th-24th, 2020, through the following link,   suggested participant age range (12-17 yrs)

Register for Phillips Park AiR week, July 27th-31st, 2020, through the following link,  suggested participant age range (13-19 yrs)

Register for Beltrami Park AiR week, August 3rd-7th, 2020, through the following link,  suggested participant age range (10-15 yrs)

Register for Whittier Park AiR week, August 17th-21st, 2020, through the following link,  suggested participant age range (8-15 yrs)

We hope you will sign up now and join us for an AiR week near you, as we collectively create, express and heal through art & connection. Collective healing is needed more than ever in our Minneapolis community. May we create art in the name of healing, radical love and justice.

If you have any questions, email

Mobile Mia

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

This summer, Mia is bringing chalk packs to parks, in the hopes of spreading and promoting messages of radical love and community healing. Share your creations #miacommunitycare


Past Programs:

The Crossover: Basketball + Art, 2017

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. 

 Presented in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Lake Harriet Kite Festival, 2018

Mia artists joined the fun on the frozen lake.

Water Is Life Posters, 2017

We honored the importance of water in our lives with the help of Spirit Lake Dakota artist Marlena Myles. Student artists created posters using stencils, drawing inspiration from artworks found at Mia and from water itself.