Art in the Hollow (AITH) seeks to bring cultural and community engagement to the East Side neighborhoods surrounding Swede Hollow Park. Established in 2010 by members of Friends of Swede Hollow (FOSH), AITH has since encouraged visitors to discover the natural amenities while engaging with local artists, small businesses, and the diverse cultures of the East Side.
MEET THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Art in the Hollow (AITH) is a multidisciplinary arts festival run primarily by artists and entirely by community members. AITH operates under the leadership of its Multicultural Community Advisory Panel. The advisory panel consists of members of the Swede Hollow community, local nonprofit organizations and businesses, and local artists. When possible, AITH brings artists into festival leadership positions who have experience overcoming barriers of language, economics, disabilities, and culture.
Co-Director and Communications Director
Benjamin is a longtime resident of the Swede Hollow neighborhood. He has been involved with Art in the Hollow as a vendor for most of its existence. This year, he will be assuming the role of co-director in charge of communication. He serves on the committee that produces the LIFEline magazine and produces its digital content. He is an author, photographer, and has worked as a supervisor in the Best Buy corporation.
Co-Director and Artist Liaison
Karin DuPaul is the President of the Friends of Swede Hollow and has been working on Swede Hollow projects and issues since the 1970’s when the park was being planned. Karin and Angela DuPaul are now working on a picture caption history book of Swede Hollow and looking for more Swede Hollow photos.
Karin received a LIN grant from the Saint Paul companies in 1999 and the Parks Person of the Year from Friends of the Saint Paul and Ramsey Parks and Trails around 2005. Karin has been on the board (a working board) of the Dayton’s Bluff District Forum community newspaper since the 1980’s. For 18 years, her day time job was the Community Organizer of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.
Elizabeth is a longtime resident of Dayton's Bluff and founder of the East Side Artist Salon, an advocacy and community group for artists and art supporters. She is an artist who works primarily in oil. Her work was exhibited this past year at the East Side Art Council, where she is also a board member.
Mary Anne Quiroz
Community Arts Coordinator
Mary Anne is co-founder of Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli/Indigenous Roots, which comprises of clusters of families who are committed to life-long learning and preserving the Mexica/Nahua Indigenous traditions. Indigenous Roots is a space for art creation, exhibition, and learning. Mary Anne has also served as community liaison for the Minnesota States Art Board and community coordinator for Mascaras y Milagros; a series of events hosed by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. She envisions an expanding arts corridor along East 7th Street and last summer of 2018 procured a temporary public art installation housed in the refurbished Hamm Park.
Historical Research & Consultation
Angela is a founding and active board member of Friends of Swede Hollow. She has helped design, manage and promote the historical aspects of the festival: assembling the "wise elders," providing neighborhood research, and displaying historic photos of the hollow in its days as a Swedish, then Italian, then Mexican settlement. She is also a champion of this protected glen as a first home of our native Dakota, making sure that native crafts, dancers, and photos are featured. She has recently co-authored a book on the history of Swede Hollow.
Design and Advertising Manager
Bao is an Illustrator and owner of Ouji Studio, a print studio for art reproductions and creative services. Bao is also a resident artist at Art @ 967 Payne and exhibits his works at art shows, galleries, conventions, and festivals across the Twin Cities metro. Bao spearheads graphic and website design for Art in the Hollow.
Social Media Specialist
Violetta works for Saint Paul Public Library. She devotes her time to school, work, and serving the vibrant and beautiful community on Saint Paul's East Side. She writes poetry, and was published in an anthology of North Carolina's emerging poets in 2017.
Shay Glorious Martin
Longtime local hip-hop artists and DJ, Shay Martin also known as "DJ Huh? What??", was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. Martin currently serves as a station manager of WEQY 104.7, a low power FM station that serves the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood. He has been co-hose for the morning show "To the East" and has also worked with area youth at New Lens Urban Mentoring, a program that served St. Paul Public Schools.
Artist Feedback Committee Leader
Ebony is the building and site manager at ARTS-US, the Center for African Diaspora. She has lived in St. Paul for 10 years, and has been an artist in various ways her whole life, including jewelry, hair, and textiles. After selling her work at Art in the Hollow for the few years, she will lead a new artist feedback committee to help the festival refine it's plans from the perspective of its artists.
Partner Personnel - Volunteers who provide consultation, resources, and other support to Core Planning Team Members
- Sarah Fehr - Executive Director of the East Side Arts Council: Sarah notifies ESAC's artists of our opportunities, shares notifications with the EMAC Constant Contact email list, and promotes the event via the EMAC Facebook Page.
- Roy Hunn - Owner, Keys Cafe: Roy donates printing of large posters for sandwich board publicity. He also donates gift certificates for his Cafe for drawings and contest prizes.
- Lissa Jones Lofgren - Executive Director of District 5 Payne Phalen Community Council: The District 5 Council distributes flyers to everyone on their mailing lists.
- David Oberpriller - Graphic Designer: David adds his design expertise to flyer, signage, and product design. This includes use of screen printing for themed merchandise.
- Kelsey King - Graphic Designer: Kelsey is a freelance artist and an adjunct faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, teaching illustration. She lends her talents as an artist and graphic designer.
- Jim Erchul - Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services: Jim has helped promote the fair and lent resources to the event, including staff, scenery from Bedlam, Theater, and a large tent for our 'picnic plaza."
- Bonnie Stokes - Community Recreation Director for Battle Creek, Dayton's Bluff, and Hazel Park Recreation Centers: Bonnie will direct all East Side area recreation centers to get word to youth about this great opportunity to showcase their talent, gain experience, sell their art created outside school hours, or compete in the sculpture contest for prizes.
- John Vaughn - Executive Director of East Side Neighborhood Development Corporation: John promotes the even on the organization's Facebook page and distributes flyers from ESNDC offices.
- Maychy Vu - Director of Hope Community Academy Elementary School: Maychy has offered the school as a rain site should we need and for primary parking facility.
- Daniel Cashman - Executive Director at AIM Services/ The Tap: Dan organizes the efforts to run the South Stage and southern stretch of the festival.
- Mike Prenosil - Co-Founder of the Urban Journal: Mike pulls in numerous performers from The Urban Journal, a writing performance club. They present many of the South Stage performances.
- Jennifer Mason - Saint Paul Public Library Associate; Jennifer coordinates the library's involvement, including the youth-oriented Createch Activity booth and the Story Stroll that links ends of the festival.