Minneapolis Parks, Summer and The Arts

Minneapolis really, really, really, really, REALLY loves two things dearly: Its parks and the arts. So it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of artistic endeavors and other activities happening in Minneapolis parks this summer.

First is Ideawerks. Since 2003, the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) has facilitated a music recording studio in the Powderhorn Recreation Center. The studio has provided a number of neighborhood youth access to equipment so they could learn to produce and record music. Great interest in the program has resulted in a partnership between IPR the Jackie Lee Robinson Foundation, and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to enhance the studio. Additionally, the Ideawerks program will eventually make recording, production, graphic design and multimedia arts available at more community sites throughout Minneapolis.

Second, you don’t need a theater to enjoy theatrical and dance performances in Minneapolis. Many free family-oriented performance are happening in Minneapolis parks this summer, starting with William Shakespeare's The Tempest at Kenwood Park on Friday, June 5. The performances are held outdoors in parks throughout the city, so pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy the Minnesota summer while taking in a show.

Third, spend a warm summer evening together with your friends or family watching a movie on the Big Screen outside. From June through August, any Minneapolis parks will be showing free family-oriented films, ranging from “March of the Penguins” and "Marley and Me" to “Star Trek IV” and “Princess Bride.” Movies start at dusk. Though some parks offer refreshments, you may want to bring some snacks. Don't forget a blanket or lawn chair!

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