Art Shanty Projects - 2020 Call for Shanty Artists


Deadline for applications: Midnight CST - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Seeking Artists

Art Shanty Projects is currently seeking artists of all stripes––musicians, composers, media artists, architects, poets, scientists, dancers, choreographers, writers, builders, fisher-people, outdoors-people, puppeteers, social practice artists, installation artists, vocalists, spoken word artists, craftspeople, storytellers, actors, playwrights–– interested in designing, constructing and staffing a shanty for the 2020 On-Ice Program.

*This call is for shanty artists only; the call for performances and art actions is available through a separate application on our website.

Art Shanty Projects' 2020 On-Ice Program

Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of art. For four weekends in January and February, the 2020 On-Ice Program will transform a frozen lake in Minnesota into a village of ice fishing shanty-like structures designed and built by artists. Art Shanty Projects' 2020 On-Ice Program will take place on Bde Unma (Lake Harriet). The project is open to the public with a suggested donation, but no strict admission and anyone can always enter for free. No individual will be turned away due to lack of funds. Hours are from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, January 18 - February 9, 2020. One weekend will be designated 'Youth & Families' to cater to younger audiences and their handlers. There will be interpreters for guests with visual and hearing impairments as well as specially designed kick-sleds to assist with mobility on ice every weekend.

Art Shanty Projects is offering stipends of $2400, on-ice support and festival publicity to 18-21 selected shanty artists to create this experience.

Eligibility Requirements

Art Shanty Projects strives to create open artistic interactions between non-artists and artists. There are no application fees or restrictions. Our organization encourages creative people of all types to apply. Proposals should be submitted electronically and will be juried by a panel made up of an Art Shanty Projects representative, local artists, curators, and past participants. Projects that involve selling anything or the exchange of legal currency will not be accepted.

Project Stipends

Art Shanty Projects does its best to support artists fiscally and logistically. Project stipends for the 2020 On-Ice Program are intended to offset the costs for materials to build and move the structure as well as time to staff a shanty while the project is open to the public. The organization does not have additional travel stipends to offer out-of-state artists at this time. 

The current stipend amount for 2020 is $2400 for each shanty project.

Project Timeline


August 5: Meet & greet, 6-8pm at 2714 27th Street E, Ivy Building for the Arts. This is an opportunity to ask questions of the Board and Artistic Director about the process before submitting your proposal

August 21: Deadline for proposal submissions (midnight CST) 

September: Artists selected; contracts sent

October 2 : Meeting for all Shanty Artists and Performers (SAVE THIS DATE in case your proposal is selected; this will be a mandatory meeting)

November: Artist meetings and site visits, final artist statements due

December: Artist meetings and site visits, festival logistics and details


January 11: Installation of shanties on the ice at Bde Unma

January 18-February 9: 2020 On-Ice Program, every Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

February 16: All shanties need to be off the ice*. 

*Depending on weather conditions artists may be requested to move Shanties off the ice at an earlier date.


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Questions? Contact Artistic Director, Erin Lavelle, [email protected]



Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Jul 23rd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Wednesday, Aug 21st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists