While serving as Artist in Residence at Lake Nokomis Park in 2016-2017, I developed and presented the Monarch Magic! community workshop series and performance installation event at the annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival / Festival de la Monarcha. Throughout the summer months of 2016 and 2017, my arts organization Wavelets Creative offered a series of free community art + nature workshops at the Nokomis Naturescape Garden at Lake Nokomis Park, combining guided nature walks with art-making activities led by teaching artists in Mosaic, Dance, Poetry, Sculpture, Music, and Murals, creating new work for the Monarch Magic! sound + performance installation at the Monarch Festival. We learned so much about Monarch Butterflies and their life cycles, migration, and endangered habitat, as well as ways we can all help to protect and support these amazing creatures. Presented with support from the MPRB Park Leadership Fund and MRAC’s Arts Learning grant program.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.