May 7, 2015

Sweet Spot

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If you’ve stopped by in the last couple of weeks, you may have seen a curious wooden construction on our front plaza. It’s our Pop-Up Park, the Sweet Spot! We built the park on April 20th and have hosted some great programming events since then. The day we set up the park, the weather was not so…sweet. We had to deal with a lot of wind, rain, cold, and a lot of things not going to plan. Despite all this, we got it done! Celebration was had with with delicious Pizza Luce! Plus, the weather finally picked up and we’ve been able to host some pretty great stuff in the park.

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Here is a list of what’s happened so far:

April 22 KIND Bars and Flowers

We were so luck to have KIND come in an give us such a nice start to to the Pop-Up Park’s opening. They passed out flowers and KIND bars to people passing by and stopping by the park. Now that was some hospitality!

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April 27 Lunch Box Notes
At the Lunch Box Station, we had people create their own napkin masterpieces. Metal lunch boxes were labeled with prompts and acted as an anonymous exchange system. Visitors could take and leave napkin art and lunch box notes in the metal lunch boxes, or take their ideas to a friend in a brown bag to go.

April 23 Fortune Cookie Exchange
Free cookies! Free conversations! Using fortune cookies as a conversation starter to talk about food. The conversation were drawn in association to the current exhibition, Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.

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Don’t worry if you missed out though! We still have some awesome events happening before the park closes this weekend! Come and check these out…

May 8 10:00-2:00 Popolis
What’s popcorn got to do with it? UMN professor and artist Emily Stover will make and serve 100 pounds of popcorn to passersby. This activity will reflect the history of the University as a land grant institution tasked, in part, to conduct agricultural research while exploring themes of production and sustenance in the midwestern landscape.

May 8 6:00-8:00 Beetnik Cafe
Step into our cafe, inspired by the 1950’s Beatnik movement, and enjoy jazz, improv, charades and beets! Don’t forget your turtlenecks and stripes. Featuring MinnProv.

That’s a wrap for the semester! We hope you all have an awesome summer break. Stay tuned for more news about things we’ll be up to this summer and upcoming fall. Peace!