Art from around the world the focus in 2019
The Eagan Art Festival is bringing the world in to help celebrate its 25th year this June.
The June 29-30 event on the Eagan Festival Grounds will feature group art projects, music, dance, artwork and food that will celebrate numerous cultures.
“For our World Art Celebration, we wanted to bring in some entertainment that you would normally have to go outside of Eagan to see,” said Wanda Borman, executive director of the Eagan Art Festival.
What started as an arts and crafts show run by volunteers has become a large-scale, fine arts celebration drawing in more than 100 artists during the past 25 years.
Borman has directed the event for the past 15 years, but she remembers visiting what was then called the Yankee Doodle Arts and Crafts Festival, which was held at the Blue Cross Blue Shield campus.
It’s now a two-day, juried art festival with potters, painters, photographers and jewelers. It moved to the Festival Grounds once the Eagan Community Center was built. It is the primary focus of the Dakota Center for the Arts.
“It’s no longer a first-come, first-served art show,” Borman said. “We take applications and they’re selected. We pay attention to the mediums offered so we don’t have 25 photographers there or something. There’s a mix. We’ve increased the budget for entertainment as well. We have some big things planned this year.
“And admission is still free. There’s hands-on art projects for all ages. It’s great for the whole family.”
They’re getting the whole world involved in 2019.
The entertainment stage will transport visitors all over the globe.
Teatro del Pueblo’s puppet show is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. June 29.
“We’ve never had a puppet show, so I think it’s going to be really exciting,” Borman said.
Ticket to Brazil, which features Brazilian music and samba, is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. June 29.
“They’re really well-known in the Brazilian community,” Borman said. “People can dance or just watch. There’s some real talent there.”
A Touch of Spain, music and dance of Spain and flamenco dance, is 2:45-4:45 p.m. June 29.
“It features Michael Hauser, who is an internationally-known flamenco guitarist,” Borman said.
Center for Hmong Arts and Talents is from 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. June 30.
“It’s an organization based in St. Paul,” Borman said. “They work with the Hmong community with young artists. They’re going to have everything from rap to ballads. They’ll have some dancing.”
Dans Askina, Turkish dances from across the Ottoman Empire, is scheduled 1-1:45 p.m., and StellaRoma, a world music fusion group, will follow 2:30-4:30 p.m. June 30.
Eagan Art House community art project and children’s tent is working on the world art theme as well.
“The projects will reflect a type of art that you see across cultures,” Borman said. “They always come up with something really interesting and engaging.”
The food will reflect the international experience with Scottish meat pies, Himalayan momos, gyros, Asian egg rolls, and Italian ice at various food trucks.
There are plenty of art activities for both young and old. There will be demonstrations of various art forms, including pottery and painting.
For those in the market for artwork, whether it’s a new vase, tie-dye shirt, weather vane, mural, portrait, or weaving, there will be plenty of vendors.
The festival is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 29, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 30 at 1501 Central Parkway.
Parking is free.
For more information, visit eaganartfestival.org.