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Art Shanty Projects

2025 Call for Performances + Art Actions

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: Call for Submissions
Any discipline

Deadline: 07/11/2024

Other Criteria:
No entry fee required
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity ($225- $900)



Deadline for applications: 11:59pm CST – Thursday, July 11, 2024


Art Shanty Projects is currently seeking winter enthusiasts and creative adventurers to propose art actions and performances for our 2025 On-Ice Program. We invite music-makers, poets, scientists, dancers, puppeteers, writers, outdoors-people, conversationalists, activists, athletes, storytellers, etc. to propose new and innovative ways to engage artistically with the public in the social context of a village on a frozen lake (or winter beach, as climate change may necessitate).

We have an expansive notion of what constitutes a performance or art action, and have welcomed dance, creative sporting events, happenings, carnival games, music, temporary sculpture, puppet shows, artful haircuts, advice booths, climate actions, and more.

The 2025 On-Ice event will take place on Bdé Umáŋ (Lake Harriet) from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, January 18 – February 9, 2025. We encourage you to read the specifics carefully, and to attend the online Artist Forum on June 18, 6-7:30pm


Since 2004 Art Shanty Projects has created joyful winter art experiences for grown adults and kids of all ages. Inspired by pop-up ice fishing villages, we use the frozen lake as a public platform to create a temporary creative community, immersing participants in a colorful village filled with interactive installations and performances. With few regulations and no building codes – and against intense and unpredictable winter weather conditions – artists of all career stages and disciplines have the freedom and challenge to create wild and wonderful work that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Together, with tens of thousands of annual visitors, we celebrate, champion, and embrace the extreme winter sport of art making.

Art Shanty Projects is deeply committed to social, racial, gender, and economic justice. Our community of participants – artists, visitors, sponsors, staff, and board – includes BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), FTW (Femme, Trans, Women) and queer (LGBTQIA2S+) individuals, and people with disabilities. ASP is committed to building accessibility into the fabric of how we do art and what we expect from artists. We embrace the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in our commitment to assuring that all members of our community can participate as fully as possible in our arts events, programs, meetings, facilities and communications.