Photo credits Thomas Reynen and Patrick Clancy
The St. Paul Art Collective (SPAC) is the active voice of artists in the Lowertown community. The Art Collective empowers artists of all genres through expanding connections and inspirational spaces in which to create and grow. Recognizing that art is essential for a healthy and vibrant community, SPAC runs and supports projects, initiatives and events that increase the awareness of its artists, their work, and the crucial role they play in the greater cultural life of the Twin Cities.
In the late 1970’s and early 80’s the Lowertown district of St. Paul had become a neighborhood of empty parking lots and abandoned warehouses quickly falling into disrepair. The affordability of the warehouse spaces attracted artists, and Lowertown quickly became the center of the St. Paul art scene. In 1977, a contingent of Lowertown artists founded the St. Paul Art Collective with the mission of protecting spaces for artist to create and increasing the awareness of the crucial role that artist play in the greater cultural life of the Twin Cities.
The founding artists of the St. Paul Art Collective had their first group exhibition at the Union Depot. In the decade and a half that followed, the artists of the collective continued to hold loosely organized group events in and around downtown St. Paul. From 1981 to 1985, the collective also ran a critically acclaimed fine art gallery in Lowertown called the Wall St Gallery.
Photo credit Isaac Fromm
Listen to the podcast hosted by Laurie Fitz on The Progressive Voice of Minnesota — on the "Connections" Radio Show. Featuring interviews with Spring Art Crawl artists and Art Crawl sponsor, St. Paul Federal Credit Union. Ideas that matter, Saturday mornings at 9am.
Second taping for Spring 2017 is Saturday, April 22nd. Stop back to listen!
On the first Friday of each month, artists’ spaces in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood join forces to present an easily walkable assortment of arts events.
If you value the role of the arts in our community, please consider volunteering. There are a variety of opportunities, big and small.
Volunteer — Amy Kaufman
Building Coordinator for the Midway Triangle Building (Picking up Art Crawl materials.)
Interest in being with the artists that make up the Art Crawl? Consider being a Greeter at an artists building during the crawl!
2016 #MYSAINTPAUL Insider's Guide
The St. Paul Art Collective is a member of Visit Saint Paul, the official convention and visitors bureau for the city. The Insider’s Guide is just one of the tools that Visit Saint Paul produces to market the city as a premier destination.
View the digital (flash) copy HERE.
The St. Paul Art Collective is a community organization that supports artists, arts organizations and students throughout Minnesota, but focused on St. Paul. We sponsor and organize events & exhibitions, including the spring and fall Saint Paul Art Crawls, Lowertown First Fridays and Art in the Park at CHS Field.
We are looking for your support as we plan expanded activities in 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary year of the the St. Paul Art Collective.
You can help us by donating to the St. Paul Art Collective at www.givemn.org. Our programs and events are directly funded by your tax–deductible gift.
Thank you. The Board of the St. Paul Art Collective
The St. Paul Art Collective Board of Directors works on projects that promote the mission and vision of SPAC. If you are interested in being part of leading the growth of our community, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPAC board meets monthly from 6 to 8 pm on the third Monday of every month. The public is welcome to attend our meetings or to submit items for the agenda to email@example.com.