Sandy Spieler, the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014, will appear at a free public event at Theatre B on March 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., opening with a reception at 4:30 p.m. and an artist talk at 5:00 p.m., followed by group discussion. Her program, “Performance, Parades, and Pageantry as Public Art: Sandy Spieler’s Water Works,” will illustrate the ways in which simple visual art (puppets, masks, costumes, props); street performance, installations, music, and dance can combine to create public art that resonates with all ages.
Spieler is the artistic director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis, and her talk will focus on how she and her troupe have explored many issues related to water stewardship.
“As public art continues to develop in our communities, Spieler’s talk can spark ideas for what artists, civic groups and art organizations can imagine as part of a lively public life,” said Colleen Sheehy, director of Plains Art Museum in Fargo. The event is organized by the Museum in collaboration with Theatre B and the NDSU Department of Theatre Arts with support from a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant.
About In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre
For 40 years, Sandy Spieler has led In the Heart of the Beast, building it from a small group of artists into a year-round theatre with its own building on Lake Street in Minneapolis, an annual season of stage plays, projects in schools and communities, and its signature “MayDay Parade and Festival,” which attracts up to 50,000 people annually on the first Sunday in May.
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