Happy Holidays from ESAC!
Everyone at the East Side Arts Council wishes you a happy holiday season. If you would like to give a gift that keeps giving all year round, visit our donation site to help provide free arts programming for youth and families on the East Side of Saint Paul:
2013 ANNUAL REPORT
2013 was a big year for the development of the rain garden site at Beacon Bluff. ESAC artist, Gita Ghei, has constructed a sculpture for the rain garden, as well as an installation that demonstrates storm water runoff. Students will visit the site as part of a curriculum created by educator, Susannah Harris, that incorporates art with all core subjects for grades K-5.
ESAC’s out of school time programming provides invaluable arts experiences to underserved youth on the East Side. This year, 1,114 visual arts, music, drama, and dance classes were offered at 35 parks, rec centers, and public schools through the ArtsYes, Summer Blast, Artmobile, and KidVenture programs, serving thousands of East Side youths.
ESAC provided 15 artist residencies at East Side Schools in 2013. Artists included puppeteer Gustavo Boada, composer Peter Morrow, Indian dancer Rita Mustaphi, Aztec dancer Mary Anne Quiroz, West Af- rican dancer Karla Nweje, and Afro-Caribbean dancer Maria Isa.
ARTS FOR FAMILIES
ESAC’s 20 year old program, Thursday Night Live presented two concerts at the Phalen Lake Amphitheater in July. We hosted Minnesota Sinfonia and Songs of Hope the international children’s choir. In addition we brought Artmobile to Harvest Festival Saturday activities.
ESAC showed the work of over 20 artists in our gallery. We hosted individual shows for artists, including Basia Tally, David Frederick, and a Friends of the Gallery show that featured ten artists in 2013. Artist trainings took place throughout the year for teaching artists and two artist lunch gatherings in the gallery focusing on sharing ideas. ESAC provided work for more than 75 artists in 2013.
The East Side Arts Council (ESAC) held focus groups of artists, community leaders, neighborhood people and board members to complete our Stategic Plan for years 2013-2016. Our consultant who guided us through the project was Susan Campion. currently a professor at Saint Thomas University MBA program.
Thousands of people enjoy the Phalen Poetry Park at Phalen Regional Park each year. The Dragon Garden at the Poetry Park was tended with Mem Lloyd and Mary Ann Davis leading the projects during the summer. Kitty Anderson artfully designed the High Teas fundraiser for the Poets Post benches we plan to install next summer. Our teas were held on the porch of the Weequah the home of Romi Slowiak and Bill Zajicek overlooking Phalen Lake and were well attended.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kerry Stone Kitty Anderson Carline Bengtsson Philip Blackburn Florence Cobb
Marlyn Trevino Mem Lloyd Bob Klicker Marilyn Meyer
City of Saint Paul /Parks and Rec Saint Paul Public Schools/21st Century Learning St. Paul Port Authority/Beacon Bluff
Anthropologie in St. Paul
THANK YOU TO OUR 2013 FUNDERS
3M Foundation McNeely Foundation Bigelow Foundation Minnesota State Arts Board
Boss Foundation National Endowment for the Arts Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Travelers Arts and Diversity
Andersen Foundation Target Stores Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Xcel Energy Foundation McKnight Foundation Minneapolis Foundation
ESAC's Phalen Lake Poetry Park is in the news! The Knight Arts blog reviewed several St. Paul art parks and had lovely things to say about our community garden. "This serene community garden lies at the southern edge of Lake Phalen’s park; true to its name, the space is a wonderful little nook in which to sit and read. Since the garden is tucked away, off the main path for the primary picnic grounds, playground and popular beach areas, this appealing spot is never busy, even on days when the lake is bustling with visitors." —Susannah Schouweiler
A community arts organization offering accessible, low-cost or free arts programs led by accomplished professional artists, ESAC celebrates the diversity of its neighborhood and builds appreciation of the arts.
Jacqui Rosenbush is a multimedia sculptor and painter. Her fascination with the subtleties and poetic nuances of nature drives the aesthetic of her work, utilizing materials such as wood, lace, wool, oils, and other natural objects. She is influenced by the deep sense of place that infuses much traditional folk art and the tactile quality that often partners it. During her years at the University of Minnesota, she traveled to Mexico and Venezuela to study visual art and culture and earned a BA in Studio Art in 2009. Since then, she has started a business with her sister, providing handmade and eclectic décor for special events. Jacqui is currently teaching painting classes for ESAC at Murray Junior High School. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team!
The Friends of the Galleryexhibit will continue into October. The next gallery opening will feature painter David Frederick, who has several paintings in the Friends exhibit as well. David Frederick is an artist who lives on the East Side and has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts. His career began as an industrial display designer, moved on to visual merchandising, and now that his children have grown and left home, he has more time to pursue painting. His opening is Tuesday night October 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Hope you can attend!
The East Side Arts Council Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The mission of the East Side Arts Council is to collaborate with our community and artists to celebrate and experience the arts.
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