Saturday, July 13th – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM & Sunday, July 14th – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Stevens Square Park (1801 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403)
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:
Amit Michael, Art by Jules, Art by Tori Hong, Artistic Henna, Ashley Nichole Designs, Awesome Industries, Ayshia Yaeger Design, Baby Thor Norsery, Barret Lee, Bedroom Floor, Ben Allen Photos, Benjamin Zaban-Boylan, Bethany Grabert, Brian Perry, Buggy Shutter Photography, Butterscotch Sympathy, CANDERE, Chris Nichols, Claire Rossmiller Ceramics, Corkles Creations, Decayed Realms enterprises, euKa clothing, Fiona Avocado, Franklin/Nicollet Guerilla Greening Effort, Fuzzbutt Boutique, Green Gallery, Hey Pupper, Honey+Moon Healing, James Powell Art, Jennifer Sheely, Juliette Perine Myers, Kari Lee Art, Kat LaCroix Works, Kathy Schumann Photography, Kellie G. Hoyt, KitsuneCraft, Kyla Erickson, Lauryn Buda Art and Illustration, Leesha’s Lacquer/Waabooz Beading, LLC, Kim Vaughter Art, Lofty Dog Designs, Mad Woman Jewelry, Mandalabombs, Mezame Designs, Midwest American Shaman, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Moonweasel, Mountain Metal Artisan Jewelry, Mouse Art, Nelson Cain Art, Nest and Tessellate, NiCoral Crafts, Noble Soap Gallery LLC, ObsidianPause, OGMasterBaker, Owl and Lark, Rajus Arts, Restless Daughter, Rock Johnsen Ceramics, Sage + Cedar Arts, Sarah M. Holm, Selkie Stitches, Set Adrift Art, Sharon’s Painted Rocks, Simone Needles, Squidpaintblots, Starlite Notions and Crafts, Steph Paxton photography, Stevie Lacher, Taji Joseph, Tammi Johnson, The Art of A Prince, The House of Aurora, Third Daughter, Tribal Delightful Concoctions, Trinkets and Gears, Trippy Stylez, Universal Pants, Val’s Brew Treats, Wade Bednarick, and WilloRain Studio
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.
Sponsors & Partners
The Red Hot Art Festival is sponsored by Pet Doctors, Boiler Room Coffee, Cajun Boiling, Franklin Nicollet Liquors, Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapels, and Citizens for a Loring Park Community; and produced in partnership with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Metro Transit, and Vision Loss Resources. This activity is made possible 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.
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.