ArtStart in partnership with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation will offer a series of free, hands-on art classes that focus on African American Art and Culture at MLK Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South.  These classes geared for children ages 5-12, will offer kids the chance to explore a variety of art forms and learn about African American Artists and Inventors who made great contributions to our world.

March 16, 23, 30 and April 6 (Saturdays) @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Real McCoy

Learn about African American Inventors and how the term “the real McCoy” came to be.  Working with artist, Esther Osayande use your most expansive thinking and creativity to make your own inventions using a variety of found objects and art materials.

April 13, 20, 27 and May 4 (Saturdays) @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Gees Bend Quilts

Explore the brilliant, bold and dynamic quilts created by African American Women who live in Gee’s Bend Alabama.  Work with textile artist, Robin Getsug and design a quilt square on paper.  Then transfer your design to fabric and hand stitch your own quilt creation.

 ArtStart is an award-winning, non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing quality arts education for children and adults.  Funding for this program was made possible by a generous grant to ArtStart from a Twin Cities foundation.


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