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June Music @ Franconia: Monroe Crossing and the Houdeks

Join us Saturday, June 23rd, from 2 to 6 pm as Franconia Sculpture Park kicks off our sixth annual Music @ Franconia series with an afternoon of bluegrass talent! Enjoy an afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture with headliners Monroe Crossing and the Houdeks opening in our artist-designed Earthen Amphitheater. Visit Mary Johnson’s famous Lizard Lounge […]

2018 Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour Part 2: Life as a Professional Artist working in Cast Iron

“Iron casting has melted who I thought I was, and has molded me into who I have become.” -Tamsie Ringler   Welcome to part two of our 2018 Valentine’s Day Hot Metal blog feature! This week we’re focusing on Life as a Professional Artist Working in Cast Iron, or what I might also refer to as […]

2018 Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour Part 1: The Detailed Process of Casting Iron

Happy New Year from Franconia Sculpture Park! In the dark, cold days of winter, we at Franconia look forward to the infusion of warmth and community that comes with our first big event of the new year: The Valentine’s Day Hot Metal Pour! Welcome to the first of a two-part blog feature leading up to […]

St. Croix Valley Summer Staycation: Part 3

Can you believe we are already halfway through August? Things here at Franconia have been full steam ahead all summer, I’m only now catching my breath. The Hot Metal Artists have come and gone, six of our nine fellowship artists-in-residence have installed their sculptures, and we are preparing to say goodbye to the summer intern artists (check […]


The 20th anniversary of Art-A-Whirl has finally arrived!   Will you be attending? If so, visit Franconia in the City @ Casket to experience art, music, and family-friendly fun. Not familiar with Art-A-Whirl? Here’s what you need to know: Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great […]

Art in Rural Communities – It Matters

Franconia provides fee-free arts learning activities for rural youth filling a void made by the changes to creative learning and arts experiences in rural communities. The arts do matter and Franconia can provide part of the missing link.

Big Art Here: Vision for the Future

We love our neighborhood – an eccentric place comprised of the rural communities of Shafer (MN), Taylors Falls (MN), and St. Croix Falls (WI). We love the scenic rural setting, the beauty of the St. Croix River, and the unique people that live and work here. With an undeniable energy in each town, we believe there’s a way […]