Sandy Spieler’s Water Works: A Talk on Public Art at Theatre B

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Performance, Parades, and Pageantry as Public Art: Sandy Spieler’s Water Works

March 24, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
At Theatre B, 716 Main Ave., Fargo
FREE and open to the public
4:30 p.m. – Reception – light appetizers
5:00 p.m. – Artist Lecture
6–6:30 p.m. Group discussion

Do you want to take part in more public art in our communities? Then join Sandy Spieler, the McKnight Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014, when she visits Fargo-Moorhead for this special opportunity meant for visual artists, musicians, dancers, theatre artists, and anyone interested in art in our communities.

Sandy will discuss the ways in which simple visual art (puppets, masks, costumes, props); street performance, installations, music, and dance can combine to create public art of majesty, meaning, spectacle, and delight for all ages.

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. Spieler focuses her presentation through an overview of how she and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT), based in Minneapolis, have explored many issues related to water stewardship.

HOBT is a year-round theatre with its own building, an annual season of stage plays, projects in schools and communities, and the signature “MayDay Parade and Festival,” which attracts up to 50,000 people annually on the first Sunday in May.

This event is organized by Plains Art Museum in collaboration with Theatre B and the NDSU Department of Theatre Arts with support from a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant.