Can Can Wonderland is creating an inviting, arts-immersive community gathering space to bring people together for playable art, performances, and arts activities. The financially self-sustaining business model will provide ongoing commissioned work and exposure for artists, creating an economic engine for the arts. We are proud to be the first arts-based public benefit corporation in Minnesota. This project will be located in the Creative Enterprise Zone and is set to animate the Hamline-Midway community of St. Paul, MN by leveraging the public investment made along the light rail to stimulate economic development and enhance community livability.
Recognizing the continuing difficulty that arts organizations have in securing funding from year to year, Can Can Wonderland is designed to be financially self-sustaining after one year of operations rather than pursuing grants from year to year to support operations. This will occur through admission fees to play artist-designed mini-golf and other amusements, food and beverage sales, merchandise, and events. New artist-designed mini-golf holes will be introduced each year while the most popular holes will be retained. The space will be constantly adding art through installation, sculpture, and performance. The ever-changing aspects will keep the experience fresh for patrons and will provide more work and ongoing exposure for artists and craftsmen of every discipline.
Creating art that doubles as fun, recreational activities and entertainment will allow many opportunities for the community to see and interact with art in new ways. Furthermore, the low cost and the variety of activities is expected to bring diverse audiences together to have fun.
Opened January 12, 2017 in St. Paul, MN.
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