When: Saturday Mornings, 10am-12pm
Where: Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan
Cost: Free, suggested donation of $5 per person
Parking: Main parking lot, signs will be posted. Walking distance to amphitheater is a hilly 5-minute hike.
Event Details: Caponi Art Park is excited to announce its newest family-friendly program, CAP Super Saturdays, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. This series of six 2-hour long events will be held on Saturday mornings, June – September 2019. At each of the interactive events professional artists will engage participants in movement, music, dance, and art activities. The events will also feature activities that get participants hiking on park trails and a healthy snack will be provided. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stay after the program to get to know their neighbors.
Big Animal Productions
Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 A.M.
Christopher Lutter-Gardella, founder and artistic director of Big Animal Productions, is a designer, sculptor, theater-maker and community educator whose work revolves around the design, construction and performance of puppets, masks, props, costumes, theatrical inventions, kinetic-sets and sculptural installations. He produces his art predominantly from waste-stream materials, exploring the unique potential inherent in a variety of materials.
DJ Kool Akiem
Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 A.M.
DJ Kool believes that within Hip-Hop culture is an often misunderstood form of creativity, ingenuity, and originality which can be applied to any path in life. As a teaching artist DJ Kool attempts to communicate these practical lessons he has learned throughout his career in an inspirational, thought provoking and ‘cool’ exploration of history and technology.
Creating ornate and electric samples over rugged drum hits and 808 kicks, Kool Akiem’s productions have a signature feeling which provides musical excitement that doesn’t distract from the lyrics. Constantly reinventing his production and style, he has become a master of his genre. Currently, Akiem teaches The History of Hip-Hop at McNally Smith College of Music, serves on the COMPAS teaching artist roster, and mentors youth and emerging artists.
Tiny Art School
Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 A.M.
Artist and educator, Heidi Jeub, enjoys traveling around the state sharing her artistic talents and showing others that art can be linked to anything; to food, to culture, to technology, to life. Her goal is to share the foundations of art and design with those who may not always have access to it. Join us as she shares her artistic passion through the Tiny Art School.
Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue
Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 A.M.
Students will learn symbols of the Meso-American calendar, experience the rhythms of an ancient people, and begin to understand the connections between ritual and daily life. Driving drum rhythms and dazzling costumes hold students’ interest, and through each step the dancer in full regalia gives life to the symbols of the dance. Aztec dance performance creates a connection between contemporary dancers and the elders who have preserved this expression of culture. The Aztec symbols of life are reproduced in the dance steps.
A majority of the members are youth, but participating members ages range from toddlers to elders. Ketzal Coatlicue’s cultural learning center is located in South Minneapolis.
Siama and Dallas
Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 A.M.
Back in Africa, Congolese musician Siama Matuzungidi (see-AHH-maw maw-too-zoon-GHEE-dee) recorded hundreds of songs and toured the world with many popular soukous artists. (Soukous is a genre of dance music known as “the sound of happiness). The primary instrument in soukous music is the rhythm guitar and Siama’s masterful approach earned him the titles “Soukous Legend” and “Mualimu” (meaning teacher or master). Along with his contemporaries, Siama helped fuel the popularization of soukous music from the 1970s-early 1990s.
Siama comes from a culture where everyone creates and sings together. Siama, along with his wife and co-creator Dallas, are passionate about sharing the experience they had together visiting family. That’s why they always encourage everyone to sing along in Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili and English. People often describe Siama’s music as healing and spirit-lifting.
Christian Adeti & Titambe West African Dance
Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 A.M.
Christian Adeti, director of Titambe West African Dance Ensemble,was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, in West Africa. He hopes that the tradition of African drumming and dancing will unlock the ancestral vibration that has been covered for centuries, which involves peace and love to the whole planet earth. His performance will introduce you to African culture through an interactive performance that combines dance, music, games, wordplay and instruments!
This program is made possible from the generous support of: