Here's another reason to dread the coming winter: Organizers of the Art Shanty Project have announced they're taking 2011 off, according to an announcement on the organization's Web site:
As the Art Shanty Projects has expanded, we realize we are unwilling to coordinate a 2011 project with limited staff and board capacity. This break will also provide us with the time and space to begin our implementation of a strategic plan for healthy growth.
Second, this year we were awarded an Organizational Development Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council which enabled us to work with consultant Anne Howden on intensive strategic planning. With Anne's help we listened to our artists, audiences, funders, and the arts community to help us map out key goals for the coming years.
Artists build ice houses on Medicine Lake in Plymouth, invite the public to bundle up and visit each one over several weeks.
Even one year without the Art Shanties is tough. It always comes at the perfect moment in the absolute dead of winter when you are about to give up hope and probably haven't been outside since December.
Then again, why should I worry? I live in CA now. Still, makes me sad to think of a winter without the Shanties, even if it's only one year.
The Art Shanty Project was one best things in winter.
this is so unfair!!!!!!!!!! How can I get thru January without the shanty weekends?
This is just a joke right????
I can't beleive there aren't any art shanties this year! I look forward to going every year! I hope that they will be back in 2012!
I would like to thank the organizers for their years of effort and creativity. It has always been a blast to face to Minnesota winters with all it's beauty and variety. I guess the crew deserves a year off once in a while. Just hope they went south for their break. I guess we can always wait for the Winter Carnival to come around to enjoy the cold outdoors...