A project of the McKnight Foundation and Walker Art Center, the mission of mnartists.org is to "improve the lives of Minnesota artists and provide access to and engagement with Minnesota’s arts culture." Right now mnartists.org provides an online database of the work of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines, and hopes to evolve into a market place and communication forum for artists and supporters. Browse around to read about current art in Minnesota, like the Art Shanty Project, a 5-week exhibition that draws dozens of artists, who build ice shanties on Medicine Lake, near Minneapolis - this year the first shanty (the Postal Shanty) had to be set up on the beach, waiting for the lake to completely freeze. All kinds of events take place in and around the shanties, from a Go Fish card game tournament, to sing-alongs and performances. During regular open hours visitors can wander through shanties such as the Shanty of Misfit Toys, the knitting Shanty where you can learn how to knit, and the Postal Shanty, where you can send a letter. Mnartists.org also provides a wealth of art news, in the form of pictures, articles, blogs, audio, video and RSS feeds.
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