AM Artist-Led Explorations

Family Fun Tuesdays has become AM Artist-Led Explorations

TuesdayMorningProgramAM Artist-Led Explorations is the park’s new Tuesday morning program. We’ve kept the best of Family Fun Tuesdays and added more opportunities for families to learn and explore the arts together. This three month series takes place June – August and includes a performance on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, a visual arts workshop on the 3rd Tuesday and a performing arts workshop on the 4th Tuesday.

WHEN: Most Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. June 14 through August 30
WHERE: Caponi Art Park’s Sculpture Garden, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan
COST: Performances: $5 per family
WORKSHOPS: $8 per child – grades 1-5/ $4 per child – preK-Kindergarten
Packages of 6 workshops for the cost of 5 are available. Pre-registration for workshops required.

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Save on service fees by purchasing series packages for all 3 performances or 6-workshops. The workshop package cost is equal to buying 5 and getting 1 free. Scholarships and discount for Friends of the Park also available.

Zhang YingZhang Ying – Ancient Legends and Chinese Music
Tue, June 14, 10am – 11am
In this Artist-Led Exploration take a tour of ancient Chinese culture, hear and play traditional instruments, and learn about Chinese folklore. Listen to the unique sounds of the di bamboo flute and the xun, a clay egg-shaped flute first played 6,000 years ago. Follow along as Zhang weaves colorful tales from ancient China, including a story about boy who meets a friendly dragon, and the Monkey King, a magical super hero from the Ming Dynasty.

Thumb-Piano craftVisual Arts Workshop: Build and Design a Unique African Thumb Piano
Tue, June 21, 10am – 11am
In this Artist-Led Activity students will have the opportunity to construct and design their own wooden thumb piano.The Kalimba is an African musical instrument that dates back over 3000 years. There have been many variations of this particular instrument, and it has gone by many names depending on region. Our teaching artist will review the history of the Kalimba, share music samples, and discuss instrument design. The workshop will conclude with a group performance and sharing of each student’s original design.

Eliza RasheedPerforming Arts Workshop: A Beginner’s Guide to Theatre! with Eliza Rasheed
Tue, June 28, 10am – 11am

Use your body, voice, and imagination: A beginner’s guide to Theatre! Have you ever wondered what it means to be an actor? What it means to work in an acting ensemble? This is a beginner’s guide to getting comfortable with using our actor’s tools – body, voice, and imagination so we can work together to create a play! Children will be learning to work each other and find their creative selves from within!

Songs for Kids and Grown-Up KidsPerformance by Rachael Kroog – Songs for Kids and Grown-Up Kids
Tue, July 12, 10am – 11am
This Artist- Led activity features a performance of interactive music and educational animal show with an emphasis on kindness.

Visual Arts Workshop: Explore Organic Shapes through Monotyping
Tue, July 19, 10am – 11am
Both manmade and organic shapes can be seen throughout the park. In this projects students will look at art work by printmakers that use the process of monotyping. Each student will have an opportunity to create shapes that will be used as printing blocks. The project involves collaging blocks of shape and color to make a 2-D art work of their own. Salt, water, and other mark making mediums will be used to experiment with the effects of nontraditional processes.

CarnagePHOTO-BY-JOSHUA-SCHAVEsqPerforming Arts Workshop: Beatboxing w/ Carnage
Tue, July 26, 10am – 11am
Terrell Woods A.K.A. Carnage The Executioner takes youth on a unique, interactive musical journey through the world of beat box/vocal percussion with his “Beat Box Basics” course. Easy-to-follow instructions on how to execute catchy body/mouth rhythm arrangements & opportunity to play around with sound-enhancing electronics hook youth in immediately & keep them engaged. Prepare for extreme fun!

Dodge Nature CenterPerformance by Dodge Nature Center – Discovering Raptors
Tue, August 9, 10am – 11am
This program features an interactive dialogue between the naturalist and the audience while meeting an education raptor up close. The naturalist will bring along props and activities to see first-hand what makes these creatures so unique.


Aztec JaguaarVisual Arts Workshop: Create an Aztec Inspired Sculpture through Plaster Casting
Tue, August 16, 10am – 11am
Aztec art has a rich history that takes many forms including paintings, sculpture, clothing, ceremonial dress, architecture, poetry, and more. In this workshop student will learn about Aztec history, and see work from artists that are still being inspired by this culture today. Our teaching artist will demonstrate mold making and plaster casting, and allow students to make their own poured sculpture. Concept of shape and form will be taught along with incorporating symbols into an art work.

Joe FilipovichPerforming Arts Workshop: Blues for Kids Harmonica with Joe Filipovich
Tue, August 23, 10am – 11am
Learn the Harmonica in our Blues for Kids Class: Blues for kids’ harmonica workshops offers new harmonicas for kids to get them playing music right away! Each student will leave with a harmonica and some basic sheet music. Musician Joe Filipovich will be onsite to teach students how the 12 bar blues progression can be used for fun boogies, rock and roll, and funk music. The class includes music by Joe and will end with a group performance.

The Tue, August 30 has been cancelled

Please note:
These are family events – parents/adults need to be with their children during all performances and workshops. Groups are welcome to the performances but must call ahead for space availability, fees, and parking information. The workshops are reserved for children with their families but groups can schedule a workshop at other times by contacting the park office.

Caponi Art Park’s main parking lot is located at 1220 Diffley Road. Signs are posted. It’s a short 5-minute walk to the performance area. Please call ahead for handicap parking {insert link to accessibility page } information.