Artwork from summer park program on display at Mia through November 17!

A photo of one of the paintings created through this summer's Artists in Residence program

A photo of one of the paintings created through this summer’s Artists in Residence program

There’s one week left to experience an art exhibit youth from Minneapolis recreation centers helped create through a great partnership between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)!

Over the summer, the AiR (Artist in Residence) program paired neighborhood youth with a local artist to create tree-themed art at five MPRB recreation centers: Bryant Square, Corcoran, East Phillips, North Commons and Northeast. The youth made imaginary trees using found, natural objects and paint, creating takeaway art for an exhibition that dovetails with the Mia’s 2019 theme – trees!

This show highlights Mia’s presence at Minneapolis parks and community events. This year Mia artists showed up to more than 30 Minneapolis parks with a traveling wagon containing a drawing pop-up lab. This traveling drawing station was set up under trees, by pools and anywhere there were people interested in participating in art-making. All summer long, Mia collected natural objects at Minneapolis parks and invited young and old alike to help make trees out of the objects, then community members were invited to use watercolor pencils to make their own trees to take home.

This summer MPRB Naturalists joined Mia docents and artists in a day of meeting trees in the galleries and trees in Washburn Fair Oaks Park just across the street. The youth used tools that scientists and artists employ to creatively tell the story of the park by collectively making murals. Make sure to stop by the exhibit, located in the Community Commons Gallery, before it ends Sunday, Nov. 17! Mia offers free admission and is located at 2400 3rd Ave. S, right across the street from Washburn Fair Oaks Park. It’s open Tuesday-Sunday. Check for hours and more information on visiting.