Art Shanty Projects' On-­Ice Program

Art Shanty Projects

Funding Received: 2015
White Bear Lake, MN
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Lake water is at an historic low in the Twin Cities suburb of White Bear Lake, negatively impacting the 200 local downtown businesses that rely on commerce from the lake’s recreational visitors. An artist-led mid-winter festival will transform the frozen lake surface into a community space that is part gallery and part artist residency. Interactive programming through 20 artist-designed shanties and 10 interactive performances will diversify the visitor population, build on strategic city initiatives, and improve economic fortitude by attracting a new array of visitors to the community over four weekends in the winter.


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Mar 17, 2017
After four years on White Bear Lake, Art Shanty Projects announced Friday it plans to bring its annual arts festival on ice to Lake Harriet... Read More
Jan 5, 2017
When the Polar Vortex slumped below the Canadian border a few days before the Winter Solstice, few were cheering on the mercury’s plunge as heartily... Read More
Feb 24, 2016
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) - The Art Shanty Projects returns for one final weekend in White Bear Lake. Warm temperatures forced the interactive exhibit... Read More
Feb 7, 2016
The art shanties are back. After taking last year off, the Art Shanty Project is back on White Bear Lake with 19 uniquely designed shanties... Read More
Feb 5, 2016
The annual Art Shanty Projects continue to prove that art can thrive in any setting—even on a frozen lake in below-freezing temperatures. In a nod... Read More
Feb 2, 2016
When you look out over a frozen lake in the dead of winter, the last thing you expect to see is a colorful art village... Read More
Jan 26, 2016
When most men see ice houses, they think fishing. Peter Haakon Thompson and David Pitman are not those guys. As Minneapolis-based artists, they saw creative... Read More