Community Events and Programs

Art in the Park

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


Artist in Residence (AiR) Program

The Artist in Residence (AiR) 2021 program is a collaboration between the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Art in the Park Program, Hope Community’s Parks and Power Program, and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, exploring creativity and creative healing space in Minneapolis parks. We are honored and proud to collaborate with such talented local artists as leads of this program. See the 2021 AiR programs below, offered across the five park service areas of Minneapolis.

Residencia de Arte (AiR) en el parque Whittier: Dígame, pero con colores de 3 a 6 de la tarde, lunes a viernes, el 14 a 18 de junio de 2021 Dirigido por el artista local Gustavo Boada y apoyado por Madeline Helling. Este es un programa de 5 sesiones haciendo proyectos de arte. Miembros de la comunidad comparten las ideas, preferencias, historias y nos enseñan sobre la diversidad de las tradiciones y costumbres de cada uno. Aprende más y matricúlate para este programa GRATIS aquí.

Artist in Residence (AiR) at Whittier Park: Tell me but with colors, 3-6pm, Monday – Friday, June 14th-18th, 2021 / Led by local artist Gustavo Boada and supported by local artist Madeline Helling, this is a 15-hour program series of art projects in which community members show their ideas, preferences, stories and teach us about the diversity of their traditions and customs. Learn more and register for this FREE program today.

Artist in Residence (AiR) at Northeast Park: Symbols of and for Community, 2-5pm, Fridays, July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and August 6th, 2021 / Led by local artist Baki Baki Baki and supported by Keegan Xavi, is an arts-based program for young people 13-24 years, that utilizes West African symbols that connect to the larger diaspora, folks will be guided through a mix media magical manifestation for and of the community to create work to be displayed. Learn more and register for this FREE program today.

Artist in Residence at Creekview Park: Soul illustrated, 3-6pm, Monday – Friday, July 19th-23rd, 2021 / Led by local artist Ron Brown and supported by local artist Jordan Hamilton, is a week long arts program for youth ages 7-13, that will explore art mediums and themes of afrofuturism, influenced by hip, culture, anime and life. Final works created during this residency with youth participants will be displayed at Walrus Gallery in the Camden neighborhood in North Minneapolis. Learn more and register for this FREE program today.

Artist in Residence (AiR) at East Phillips Park: Land Back Face Mask Making, 2-5pm, Monday – Friday, July 26th-30th, 2021 Led by local artist Graci Horne and supported by local artist Maggie Lamorie, this program is designed to educate and gain the knowledge to care for Grandmother Earth, teaching young people about the Land Back principle that has become well known in the Native community. This will educate all communities about land recognition and the importances to safeguard Grandmother Earth. Learn more and register (youth 10-15 years, guardians welcome to attend as well) for this FREE program today.

Artist in Residence (AiR) at Powderhorn Park and Sibley Park: Sovereignty, Liberation, & Solidarity, 11am-3:30pm, Tuesdays July 27th (at Powderhorn Park) & August 10th (at Sibley Park), 2021 Led by artists Courtney Cochran & Bayou (aka Donald Thomas), this is a FREE outdoor screen printing pop-up experience, centering Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) families, where the community will have the opportunity to have pre-designed illustrations printed on posters created for them on the spot as well as help create a communal design. The Million Artist Movement will also bring Power Tree Quilts and give folx and opportunity to create their own square for a quilt. No need to register to attend. Learn more about this FREE program today.

AiR helps us 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 summertime art activities for all ages in the Minneapolis parks via bicycle.


Past Programs

Art in the Park, 2020

Watch the video below to learn more about Art in the Park summer 2020.

Lake Harriet Kite Festival, 2018

Mia artists joined the fun on the frozen lake.

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.

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.