The Dayton’s Project: Landmark & Historical Place with The Departments at Dayton’s to open!

The Dayton’s Project: Landmark & Historical Place with The Departments at Dayton’s to open!

With an eye for the smallest details, our design team at @Gensler Minneapolis and our builders at @GardnerBuilders painstakingly restored the historic elements of this project and prepared it to be the hub of innovation and collaboration for the 21st Century.

Reinvigorating the Heart of Minneapolis

For generations, Dayton’s presented inspiration and aspiration to the people of the Twin Cities. Our bold plan for The Dayton’s Project brings that back, to create one of the most remarkable properties in Minneapolis. This reimagining of Dayton’s will create a first of its kind office, retail, and entertainment space in Minnesota.

Starting Nov. 18, you’ll be able to shop at The Departments at Dayton’s!

We are thrilled to announce our officially opening date with experiential retail options, that will be a maker’s market made up of 30 vendors.

Follow @thedepartmentsatdaytons or go to thedepartmentsatdaytons for more information on our vendors and shopping options!

Franconia Sculpture Park: A Few Beautiful Images from a Visitors Purview – Shafer, MN

Franconia Sculpture Park: A Few Beautiful Images from a Visitors Purview – Shafer, MN

“We went out for a ride today, and ended up here!” 

Current Exhibitions

Link here for a complete artist listing and gallery view!



Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 50-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Franconia was founded in 1996 by a small group of professional artists who envisioned a supportive artist residency community and outdoor museum. Today, this vision has been achieved through an active artist residency program that serves over 40 artists each year and arts learning programming that serves over 180,000 annual visitors. Franconia provides an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of contemporary sculpture, and the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.
Through our artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 50-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Shafer, MN. We foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence.
Franconia Sculpture Park grounds are open 365 days a year from 8am-8pm.
Franconia Commons is open
Apr. 15 – Nov. 14: 9am-5pm daily.
Closed on National Holidays.
The Seven Pools at Thomas Lowry Park has been Completely Rebuilt! – Minneapolis, MN

The Seven Pools at Thomas Lowry Park has been Completely Rebuilt! – Minneapolis, MN

Here’s a look at the scene as neighbors gathered to celebrate!

The Seven Pools is a graceful, manmade cascade of water through seven basins, surrounded by a pergola, brick walkways and complimentary landscaping. It’s located at 900 Douglas Ave. S, about a block west of the Hennepin-Lyndale split in Lowry Hill neighborhood.

It was designed by Phelps Wyman, a notable landscape architect and Minneapolis Park Commissioner from 1917 to 1924. The Pools feature was completed in 1925 when the park opened (it was called Mount Curve Triangles until 1984) and last underwent major repairs in 1953.

Special thanks to Friends of Thomas Lowry Park, which raised almost $350,000 to help fund the project.


Bakken Museum: Glow Up – Minneapolis, MN

Bakken Museum: Glow Up – Minneapolis, MN

glow up

\ ˈglō  \ ˈəp  \

: a mental, physical, or emotional transformation for the better.
// The Bakken Museum had a major glow up when it did that renovation in 2020.



Inspired by the Bakken Museum’s own transformation, we’re exploring all the ways innovators glow up ideas to improve existing technologies. During this 21+ event, you’ll experience pop-up science theatre performances, create custom light-up jewelry, and explore artifacts that tell stories of serious upgrades over history. Enjoy a full outdoor bar and Taqueria El Victor in our courtyard. Tickets $15.



Afton Art in the Park – Afton, MN

Afton Art in the Park – Afton, MN

Welcome to Afton Art in the Park 2021

We invite you to visit the charming St. Croix River town of Afton, MN on September 25th & 26th, 2021. The 43nd Annual two day outdoor fine arts and makers market takes place in Afton’s quaint, Town Square Park with over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music!

This upper Midwest favorite art festival is hosted by the Afton Area Business Association and will bring 10,000+ guests through the St. Croix River Valley during the 2 day event.

Wine & Beer Garden in Town Square Park is hosted by Afton Museum. All proceeds benefit Afton Historical Museum

The Business Expo is located on St. Croix Trail, along the boulevards.

Be sure to visit Afton’s unique shops and restaurants, open for business during the event.

Afton, MN is located 4.5 miles south of I-94 on St. Croix Trail (C.R. 18).
Take Exit #258 off I94 and head south 4.5miles

Live Music Afton Art in the Park 2021


2021 LoLa Artists Weekend – Longfellow Neighborhood in Minneapolis

2021 LoLa Artists Weekend – Longfellow Neighborhood in Minneapolis

Check out our many Artists!







Why an Artist’s Weekend vs. a Crawl for 2021?

Quite simply, it’s resources. Many of our neighborhood businesses were heavily impacted by COVID and the Civil Unrest after the killing of George Floyd. We are foregoing any sponsorship requests this year because of this.  Enjoy the LoLa Artists Weekend to support our artists AND our beautiful neighborhood!

What is LoLa?

The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLA) began in the summer of 2009 as a small grassroots effort to raise the visibility of artists living or working in the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Artists Bob Schmitt, Anita White, and Shirley Neilson got together in the Longfellow community and said, “Let’s put on an art crawl!” LoLa has grown each year since 2009, when the crawl featured 42 artists at 20 sites. Nearly 10 years later, LoLa now flourishes as an annual art crawl that features more than a hundred neighborhood artists working in many different media.

2009 LoLa Meeting. Illustration by Anita White.
2009 LoLa Meeting. Illustration by Anita White.

In 2017 we became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We look forward to the expanded opportunities this status will bring our organization and appreciate your support along the journey.

Connect • Create • Grow

Our Vision

LoLa is a volunteer-driven community organization that showcases, nurtures and supports Longfellow arts and artists. We strive to represent the diversity of the Longfellow neighborhood through the arts.

Our Mission

LoLa partners with neighborhood arts organizations, nonprofits, small businesses, and residents to design and host a variety of events and activities that:

• support Longfellow artists at any stage in their creative lives, and
• invite and encourage community participation in the arts.

Contact Us

Contact us via email at: LongfellowArtists

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