The ArtSparks Matching Fund Program was created to pair neighborhoods with artists and/or arts organizations to develop projects that enhance and strengthen neighborhoods through the arts. ArtSparks is funded through Change for Arts, a volunteer donation program through City residents' utility billing.
NEWPNA Gateway Project
Northeast-Wilson Park Neighborhood Association (NEWPNA) engaged local artist, Claire Witt, to design and install a Neighborhood Gateway using recycled steel sheeting to reflect the river’s natural beauty including foliage, birds, boats and clouds. Mosaic medallions made from recycled mirror unify the gateway with the Wilson Park Kaleidoscope Mosaic Mural. The sculptural sign was mounted in concrete reinforced with footings with the help from the City of St. Cloud Engineering Department. The area around the sign has native plantings coordinated by a neighborhood garden committee.
Funding sources for the Gateway project were through the Central MN Arts Board, City of St. Cloud ArtSparks and the Otto Bremer Foundation.
Seberger Fence Mural Project
The Seberger-Roosevelt Neighborhood installed a fence mural in the Spring-Fall of 2013. Artists included Dan Mondloch, Heidi Jeub, Natalie Ratha and Heather Allen in conjunction with the St. Cloud Arts Commission. Artists invited community members to Idea Workshops to generate ideas for the mural design.
The final design was installed in late 2013 and depicts the four seasons of Minnesota. The mural is intended to stay up for a few years. Project sponsors included ArtSparks, Central MN Arts Board, St. Cloud HRA, Seberger-Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, Paramount Visual Arts Center and Bemboom Fence.
Visit the Seberger Fence Mural Project Facebook Page for more photos!
Lemon Twist Art Crawl
During the annual Lemonade Art Fair, the Lemon Twist Historic Home Fine Art Crawl debuted on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The art crawl traveled through several St. Cloud State University homes and featured a fine art sale by local artists and live art demonstrations by four artists working on one collaborative piece. Visitors were invited to pick up tour maps in Barden Park and get their maps stamped at all five locations to be entered into a drawing to win the 4-person collaborative artwork.
The event was featured in the St. Cloud Times (Historic homes, local arts create Lemon Twist by Kari Petrie).
The 2016 Lemon Twist was the initial launch of an annual event partnership between the St. Cloud State University School of the Arts, South Side University Neighborhood Association and Visual Arts Minnesota.