Each year, the Art Shanty Project take over a lake during the coldest month of winter. Once on the ice, the creative community of artists, scientists, musicians, and others come together to offer a variety of happenings inside these little homes, including dance parties, item swaps, nature experiments, theater, live music jams, letter writing, and art-bike riding.
Sadly, the month-long art party will be on hiatus this coming winter. Thankfully, if things go as planned, it won't be going away forever.
The Art Shanty Project Takes Over White Bear Lake
The project has grown considerably since its first gathering. This has led to ideas on how to further grow and expand the happening. Event organizes have decided to work toward becoming a 501c3 nonprofit corporation in 2016.
"It became abundantly clear to the board of directors the next logical step was to incorporate as a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation," explains board chair Jennifer Pennington in a statement released this morning. "Exponential growth and community partnerships have created demand for a more formalized organization in order to support our On-Ice program."
This isn't the first break the Art Shanties has taken in its nine years of existence. The Art Shanties also took time off in 2013 before relocating from Medicine Lake to White Bear Lake in 2014. Last year, the festival saw 20 structures take to the ice with 125 participating artists. Despite the at-times miserable temperatures, over 12,000 visitors came out for fun (and the warming shanty).
In the meantime, the Art Shanty Project is looking for donations, volunteers, and more this year and next. You can follow what they're up to at www.artshantyprojects.org.