Red Hot Art Festival 2019
July 14 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Stevens Square Community Organization, the official neighborhood organization serving the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood in South Minneapolis, is proud to announce the initial list of vendor artists and full line-up of live performers for the 18th annual Red Hot Art Festival. Hosted at Stevens Square Park, this beloved annual festival, produced by the neighborhood group, is unique among a Twin Cities summer season teeming with events due to its embrace of emerging local artists and dedication to the DIY heart and soul of Minneapolis culture.
At the center of the festival are Vendor Artists who bring their art and hand-crafted goods for display and purchase in booth spaces. A unique aspect of the festival, Red Hot makes space for emerging artists to have their work on display in the Community Tent. This year’s artists are:
Third Daughter, Restless Daughter, Taji Joseph, Rock Johnsen Ceramics, Luz, Mad Woman Jewelry, ObsidianPause, Hey Pupper, euKa clothing, Brian Perry, Kiara Carlson, James Powell Art, Kat LaCroix Works, Sage + Cedar Arts, Kathy Schumann Photography, Butterscotch Sympathy, Mezame Designs, Nelson Cain Art, Buggy Shutter Photography, Barret Lee, ILO STUDIO, Rajus Arts, Bethany Grabert, Fuzzbutt Boutique, Owl and Lark, Minneapolis Park and, Recreation Board, Jasper Hardin, Sarah M. Holm, Chris Nichols, Val’s Brew Treats, LLC, Kim Vaughter Art, Awesome Industries, Mouse Art, CANDERE, Noble Soap Gallery LLC & Steph Paxton photography, Fiona Avocado & Art by Tori Hong, Mountain Metal Artisan Jewelry & Ashley Nichole Designs, Leesha’s Lacquer/Waabooz Beading & Caspienne’s Stranger Stitchery, NiCoral Crafts & Moonweasel, Wade Bednarick & Decayed Realms enterprises, Lofty Dog Designs & Lauryn Buda Art and Illustration, Green Gallery, Tammi Johnson, Trippy Stylez, Sharon’s Painted Rocks, Jennifer Sheely, Art by Jules, Ayshia Yaeger Design, Mandalabombs, Trinkets and Gears, Baby Thor Norsery, squidpaintblots, marvexani, Katie Anderson Art, Simone Needles, Juliette Perine Myers, OGMasterBaker, Kellie G. Hoyt, and Amit Michael.
Additional vendor artists will be added on a rolling basis, and space is still available. Details on how to participate as an artist vendor is available at http://stevenssquare.org/seeking-vendor-artists-for-the-2019-red-hot-art-festival-july-13-14/.
The entire weekend event will have live performers providing the soundtrack to this lively festival, from individual musicians and bands to spoken word artists. Headlined by Gully Boys, named Minnesota’s Best New Band by City Pages Picked to Click 2018. The weekend schedule:
Saturday, July 13
- Indigenous peoples and land acknowledgment before the performances begin
- 11am: Shamble Town Rebels – pulse-pounding rock
- 12pm: Yevrah – Hip-Hop/Neo-nusoul Emcee
- 1pm: Mother – live-looping female electronica producer
- 2pm: Teighlor McGee – spoken word poet and performer
- 3pm: Hard Looks – 80s-inspired punk with a purpose
- 4pm: Jada Brown – soul-soothing R&B vocalist
- 5pm: Gully Boys – DIY darlings, “a style that blends grunge, a little bit of emo, and some of the guileless instrumental rush of early punk” (City Pages)
Sunday, July 14
- 11am: Open Eye’s Driveway Tour – a mobile puppet performance by a Twin Cities favorite theater
- 12pm: Jarrelle Barton – masterful performance on the traditional Chinese guzheng
- 1pm: Eric Carranza – multi-instrumental soundscape composer recently named Lanesboro Arts’ Artist in Residence
- 2pm: Wax Lead – post-punk rockers, “metallic elements that soften, melt, morph, burn, and solidify” (First Avenue)
- 3pm: FreeQueenSee – multi-disciplinary poet, rapper, singer, and event producer
- 4pm: Mayda – “Her R&B-infused pop is undeniably fresh, as she swings between pared-down acoustic struts, full-band funkadelic blasts, and electronic drumbeats and synth flourishes that would make the Purple One proud.” (The Current)
Food will be available from: Keefer Court, Asase Yaa, and ice cream raising funds to support SSCO’s year-round efforts to support the neighborhood.
A “Touchable Art Fair” with Vision Loss Resources
Thanks to a new partnership with Vision Loss Resources, Red Hot Art Festival will make itself the first “Touchable Art Fair,” providing specially trained sighted guides to welcome people who are blind or have low vision, and allowing visitors to physically touch some or all of an artists’ work. “Touch tours” are increasingly available at museums, but festival organizers are unaware of any other art festivals providing this specific accessibility strategy.
This year Red Hot Art is produced by SSCO’s new Executive Director Scott Artley, who joined the organization at the end of 2018. Artley has built a career in community-driven arts leadership, including launching Mixed Blood Theatre’s neighborhood engagement programming, producing the Walker Art Center’s summer public engagement program Open Field, and most recently serving as the Executive Artistic Director for Patrick’s Cabaret.
ABOUT STEVENS SQUARE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
Founded in 1975, Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) is the official civic and social organization serving the Stevens Square-Loring Heights neighborhood, lying just south of Minneapolis’s downtown zone and home to a dense community of residents and historic buildings. Its activities include:
- Community-building events like Cinema & Civics, Red Hot Art Festival, National Night Out, and the Fall Harvest Festival
- Official community meetings facilitating grassroots information exchange and decision-making about issues impacting the neighborhood
- Citizen-led Block Patrol promoting safety with eyes on the street for 20+ years
- An innovative Rental Rebate program encouraging the large numbers of renters in the neighborhood to get involved and get a discount on their rent
- Greening programs like Community Gardening and the Stevens Square Farmer’s Market, the first licensed “mini-market” in Minneapolis.
This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.