Day-ahead activities


Thursday, June 13, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

All Day Ahead activities are a flat rate of $45 and include admission, transportation to and from the venue, and a guided tour where possible. Tours will begin at 9:30 AM and end by 4:00 PM. Lunch is not included unless noted. Register for Day-Ahead activities on the registration page.


Tour of the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden

Join us as we tour the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden. The Walker Art Center features a world-renowned collection of contemporary art, and the sculpture garden features work from artists such as Claus Oldenburg, Martin Puryear, Deborah Butterfield, James Turell, Richard Serra, Kiki Smith, and Theaster Gates. Lunch options include Esker Grove at the museum or other local options (not included).



Sacred Architecture Tour

Join local architects on an architecture tour of sacred spaces of the Twin Cities. Locations will include the St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Basilica of St. Mary’s — which includes the infamous Jesus the Homeless Statue — and Bigelow Chapel. A multi-denominational sacred space tour, that allows you to look at sacred spaces influenced by history, modern culture, and tradition. The tour will stop for lunch (not included) between site visits.



Not-for-profit Art Spaces Tour

Join us as we explore two of Minneapolis’s premier non-for-profit arts organizations. Founded in 2001, Midway Contemporary boasts a gallery and library which facilitate significant new developments in visual art and focus on artists who have never shown their work in the Midwest or often even in the United States. The Highpoint Center for Printmaking is dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking by providing educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities to engage the community and increase appreciation of printmaking arts. The group will stop for lunch (not included) between sites.



Printmaking Workshop on Bethel’s Campus

We invite you to spend the day in Bethel’s printmaking studio working with a master printmaker on relief printmaking. Workshop participants will learn about relief printing and create their own prints with the help of the workshop instructor. Supplies provided.



Join us as we tour two of the area’s premier museums. With over 90,000 objects, MIA’s collection includes art from six continents, spanning over 5,000 years. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum contains a permanent collection of over 25,000 works of art and is especially rich in the areas of American modernism, ceramics, Mimbres pottery, and Korean furniture. The group will stop for lunch (not included) between sites.

Wilson Yates (our guide) is president emeritus of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities as well as professor emeritus of religion, society and the arts. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, he holds dual standing in the United Church of Christ. In 1998 he founded the journal, ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Reverend Dr. Yates has written extensively on the arts in theological education. Most recently he co-edited Arts, Theology, and the Church: New Intersections, with Kimberly Vrudny (Pilgrim Press, 2005). He is the current president of the SARTS: Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.



Photography Workshop

We invite you to spend the day with Asher Imtiaz, creating photographing sites around Minneapolis’s picturesque cityscape. Led by a professional photographer and fine art instructor, this workshop is designed for all experience levels. Participants should bring their own cameras.



Sacred Art Gallery Tour

Join us as we tour the Westminster Gallery and Archive—featuring Paul T. Granlund’s famous sculpture, The Birth of Freedom, as well as paintings by He Qi, serigraphs by John August Swanson, linocut prints by Robert Hodgell, katazome prints by Sadao Watanabe, and much more—at Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Thrivent Collection of Religious Art—a 1200-piece collection, including pieces by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn to Édouard Manet and Grace Hartigan—in downtown Minneapolis. This walking tour will stop for lunch (not included) between sites.