Minnesota ranks #2 in the US for $$$ spent on the ARTS!  Annually Minnesota spends around 33 million dollars falling between 1st Place New York with over 50 million and 3rd Place New Jersey where approximately 20 million is budgeted.  Where do all those dollars go?  In my opinion in Minnesota it’s about preserving and promoting the Arts. At the top of my list for promoting the arts among people of all ages and all socio-economic groups is the Walker Art Center.  Throughout the year they offer inspiring, educational, fun and FREE programs. WALKER ART CENTER 2006 SCULPTURE wm On the first Saturday of each month the Walker Art Center Gallery admission is FREE for all. In addition from 10 am to 3 pm there are special hands-on-art activities that are recommended for ages 6 – 12.  Kids love the activities and kudos to the Walker Art Center for promoting and enhancing the many skills children learn from the arts.

One of the many activities planned for this Saturday – June 6, 2015 – involves Sundials.  I’m sharing one of their pictures.  You will want to check their website to discover all of the other activities they have this Saturday as well as what they have planned in the upcoming FIRST FREE SATURDAY 12646b910373e3014384921525168005 Take a stroll through the grounds and see the many sculptures.  Stop and enjoy the music.

For complete information click on First Free Saturday The Walker Art Center and Target sponsor Target Free Thursday Nights.  I have never gone to a Free Thursday Night, but that is going to change.  Admission to the Gallery is free from 5 pm to 9 pm.  You may also want to have a bite to eat at the “Gather”.  To quote their site  it is “A food-forward fusion of D’Amico Creativity and Walker style”.  It serves “globally inspired modern cuisine”   Gather is open Thursday nights from 5 to 9 with Happy Hour from 5 to 7.  Among other menu items they serve a $5 small plate. First Thursdays of the month are special because they feature premier guest chefs and local breweries.  July 2nd features a Chef from Lyn Kitchen and Bar; August 6th – Chef John Kraus from Patisserie 46 and September 4th – Chef Thomas Boemer from Corner Table. Check their website at GATHER This sounds like a great place to meet with friends for a fun evening of art and food. Hope to see you at the Walker Art Center very soon!

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