Community Art & Cultural Exchange
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
@ NYM Sculpture Park / Barn

All are invited to Spring into Summer with us at this fun and family-friendly community art and cultural exchange event!  Join us at the New York Mills Sculpture Park / Barn just off Highway 10 in New York Mills between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022. This event is free to attend and will include both free and pay-as-you-go art activities.

[NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, we plan to move this event to Thursday, June 2nd. Updates will be shared here and on social media.]

This year is the 2nd Annual Spring Into Summer event and we have added some exciting elements! First & foremost we are thrilled to be partnering with Niijii Radio on our second cultural exchange event (the first was held in August 2020). This partnership will bring the Buffalo River Dance Troupe to New York Mills to share Native dancing, drumming, and storytelling, as well as a variety of Indigenous artist and makers. We are also seeking additional partners for more cross-cultural exchange; all cultures welcome!

Second, we are very excited to announce our participation in 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial and we will be dedicating a new sculpture created by Minnesota Artist Paul Albright in the NYM Sculpture Park as part of this project at this event on June 1st!  4Ground is an inaugural contemporary art festival taking place June-August 2022. Conceived by Franconia Sculpture Park Executive Director & Chief Curator in collaboration with more than 20+ community partners including tribal organizations, art museums, and land conservationists, 4Ground is a far-reaching initiative spanning four states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin) and tribal lands of the Upper Midwest. 4Ground is designed to raise awareness around important land and water issues affecting the region while celebrating the art, land and history of the rural Midwest and boosting tourism of the region through suggested road trips to experience site-specific land art.

And finally, we will continue our focus on family-friendly community art activities after a fun and successful first annual event in 2021. Once again this year, our Spring Into Summer event will include:

  • FREE children’s activities
    • Brad Wegscheid’s Macaroni Circus Scribbletastic Fun-O-Matic Command Post and Giant Spirograph
    • Pony Beads with Maggie Rousu, White Earth Land Recovery Project
    • Art in Your Park with Lindsay Kennedy, Cultural Center
    • Community Weaving (all ages)
  • PAY-AS-YOU-GO (suggested donations) adult art activities
    • Beaded Bracelets with Missy Sundheim, Cultural Center (adult genuine stone & crystal $10, kids bracelet $2)
    • Polish Paper Cuts “Wycinanki” (pronounced Vee-chee-non-kee) with Cheryl Bannes, Cultural Center ($5) 5:00-6:30
  • Artist / Maker booths / demos
    • Alicia Avila Quill Artist: quill demo @ 5:30; make a dream catcher @ 6:00 (both kids and adults)
    • Brian K Dow Visual Art booth
    • Otter Tail County’s Precious Plastics “We Are Water” creation station with Cedar Walters, OTC
    • Sharon Nordrum Visual Art booth
    • Shirley Nordrum Visual Art booth
    • Wendy Roy vendor booth and Loom Beading Demo
  • Cultural exchange sharing (all cultures welcome! contact us to join; see below)
    • Buffalo River Dance Troupe (5:00)
    • Columbian Dancers
    • Salolampi in a Suitcase Finnish cultural sharing – Adam Tervola Hultberg, Tucker Henderson
    • Sculptor Paul Albright Artist Talk: new 4Ground sculpture dedication (4:30)
  • Food Trucks / booths / demos
  • Cash Bar by 1894 Perham
  • Silent Art Auction Kick-Off (will go through June 11th)

More details will be added as activities, artists, businesses, and organizational partners are confirmed.  Please note, times are estimates, thanks for your understanding and flexibility. 

There will be something for everyone! Thanks to all the artists, organizational partners, and businesses for coming together for this fun community cross-cultural art event!

Seeking cultural partners!

We are seeking additional cultural partners to make this a true cross-cultural exchange event. Do you have stories, traditions, artistic practices or cultural food to share? Give us a call at 218-385-3339 or send an email to All those interested in positive, family-friendly cross-cultural sharing welcome.

Questions? Call us at 218-385-3339. Please note, in the case of extreme/inclement weather, we are planning on a rain date of June 2rd. We will update here and on our social media pages.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sculpture Park on Wednesday, June 1st from 4-7pm!


This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.