12:00 pm12:00

Bethany Lacktorin, A Steady and Irresistable Wind, At the Rural Arts Summit, Morris MN

A highlight of the Rural Arts and Culture Summit will include “A Steady and Irresistible Wind,” a site-specific, place-based performance installation created by artist Bethany Lacktorin, which will take place during the Summit on and nearby the University of Minnesota, Morris campus at the WCROC Horticulture Display Garden. A follow up to Lacktorin’s performance, My Ocean (2016), this piece is an ongoing exploration of diaspora where displacement, transition and growth are expressed in word, music, movement and sound. Bethany is joined by poet, Ben Weaver, the Twin Cities Sacred Harp Singers, The Prairie Fire Ladies Choir, with special assistance from the MN Kite Society and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

2:00 pm14:00

Bent Paddle Festiversary Hop Outside

  • Bent Paddle Brewing


During Festiversary venture into the Brewery to experience “Hop Outside…Inside” A multimedia experience curated by musician / poet Ben Weaver.

There has never been a more crucial time to foster deep connective relationships with the outdoors. The water, trees, air, and wild country unites us no matter our similarities or differences.  

Have you ever wondered why those air fresheners, the ones that look like pine trees, never actually smell like fresh air, let alone the pine trees they depict? The only place fresh air can truly be found is in our great outdoors.

Hop Outside gives you a chance to explore organizations like the Minnesota Land TrustSportsmen for the Boundary Waters, Simms FishingSpokeNGear, and Water Bar & Public Studio. Learn about opportunities to connect with the dirt, rock, and water of the Duluth Area.  Take a Bent Paddle mini-tour with The Duluth Experience.  The Bike Press (a printing press on a bike) will be on hand to make personal “air freshener” prints...ones that will actually smell like outside. All the while enjoying a special Hop Outside infusion beer - The Sharp End – Venture Pils infused with juniper & sage - and music inspired by sleeping in the dirt, watching the river eddies, and seeking wild lines in the rock from performers Ben Weaver, Molly Maher and Mike Munson.


5:00 pm17:00

River Point Resort an Outfitting, Ely, MN

This performance will welcome explorers Dave and Amy Freeman back to Ely after their "Year in the Wilderness" to raise awareness against the proposed Twin Metals copper and nickel mines which would seriously impact the BWCA watershed.

6:30 pm18:30

A-Mill Artists Lofts A Fundraiser for The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters

  • A Mill Artsit Lofts

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Newly re-opened, historic A-Mill Artist Lofts at St. Anthony Main.

315 Main Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

TICKETS: $30/person (click here to register), additional donations appreciated. Ticket includes appetizers, beverages and entertainment.

The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, is a national effort to permanently protect this national treasure and its wilderness-edge communities from proposed sulfide-ore mining. Come and celebrate recent achievements and get energized for the important work ahead!

6:00 pm18:00

Water Bar, Mpls MN

  • Water Bar

Join us for an evening discussion with a group of local artists whose creative work responds to water and the issues it touches; utilizes water as material, inspiration, or gathering place; or engages directly with water, water systems, and efforts to protect water and the lives and communities it touches.

Each artist will share a perspective on art and water in a short illustrated talk, which will be followed by small and large group conversation with attendees. Discussion will be wide-ranging, and will center on ways artists and other creative people can imagine and act for more environmentally sustainable and equitable places and communities.