Belwin is one of 20+ host sites for inaugural festival

We are participating in a brand-new endeavor this summer, 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial. From June through August, in collaboration with Franconia Sculpture Park, Arts Midwest and 22 partners across Minnesota, Wisconsin, South and North Dakota, and tribal lands of the Upper Midwest, 4Ground is designed to boost tourism of the region through suggested road trips to experience site-specific land art created by renowned contemporary artists and community-based collectives.

As one of the host sites for this inaugural event, Belwin will welcome three artists to create and perform on our lands, with an emphasis on prairie and the impact of bison on a restored ecosystem.

David Sprecher

David Sprecher's artist rendering of Roaming Stone installation
Artist rendering of “Roaming Stone.” Actual installation will be located in the Tallgrass Trails.

On the Tallgrass Trails (between Lucy Winton Bell Athletic Fields and the Bison Prairie), artist and educator David Sprecher will create “Roaming Stone.” The Chicago-based artist “will take an impression of the land at Belwin that bears the signature (i.e., tracks) of the prairie’s most skilled caretakers, the American bison, then translate the impression onto the surface of a large sphere. The work will be a spherical seal, a fingerprint, a memory of the prairie in the late spring of 2022.”

Sprecher’s long-term installation will be constructed on-site this June and will be officially unveiled on July 31. 

Taiquaa//Ambe Omaa (come here)

Taiquaa Ambe Omaa performance graphic

Taiquaa//Ambe Omaa (come here) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of nibiiwakamigkwe and Anastasia Adams. They combine Yup’ik, Métis, and Anishinaabe lifeways through Pic-eine’rkin throat singing, textile, storytelling, and visual symbol. They draw on survival tools of Indigenous existence and relationship to land, community, culture, and resilience as audiences deepen their understanding of place. Experience their work on July 31.

Rachel Frank

Rachel Frank will participate in 4Ground Midwest Land Art Biennial

On August 21, Rachel Frank will present “Rewilding Valley Creek at Belwin Conservancy,” highlighting Belwin’s restoration of the landscape and on-going stewardship of the land. Participants will be invited to give a water offering with ceramic rhyton vessels, gestures that connect to Belwin and the surrounding community’s commitment to the rewilding of Valley Creek. Frank will be joined by Leslie Thomas from the Afton Historical Society and others, who will present on the history of Valley Creek.

Visit belwin.org/events for current information about 4Ground activities at Belwin. Visit 4groundbiennial.org for all activities this June-August.

Arts, Culture, and Ecology Events Meadowlark Newsletter Partnerships Spring-Summer 2022

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