Cultural & Artistic Expressions
Donors to the Foundation have the opportunity to support State Fair performance and competitive offerings in art, dance, music, theater, creative activities and related areas. Contributions will support projects such as preservation of the Fine Arts Center and programs that give fairgoers access to the greatest breadth of artistic expressions.
Giant Sing Along
Created by Montreal-based artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, the Giant Sing Along is a participatory public art experience that was new at the 2011 State Fair. A field of microphones will welcome everyone to sing their lungs out to this year’s voted hits, karaoke style. A large screen will feature the lyrics of modern and nostalgic songs and the software helps everyone sing in unison.
Presented by Bremer Bank, Giant Sing Along is a co-production of the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair Foundation (msffoundation.org), and Northern Lights.mn (northern.lights.mn).
Fine Arts Center
The State Fair is home to Minnesota’s largest juried art show. Each year Minnesota artists connect with over 250,000 fair guests – it is an unparalleled forum for arts education, representing a broad spectrum of mediums and the finest of talents. The Fine Arts Center, constructed in 1907, is one of the oldest structures on the fairgrounds and is in need of preservation. Improving this historic structure promotes restoration of quality architecture, energy efficiencies and enhanced functionality.
To inquire about Fine Arts funding, contact Kay Cady at (651) 288-4324 or email@example.com.
State Fair Story
“My mother started pruning me for talent show greatness before I could even walk. Over the next five years my sisters and I competed in numerous talent shows throughout the state. Every year we made it to the State Fair and it is such a wonderful memory that I have to this day.
I have been singing all my life and to this day I am pursuing my music. I believe that if it were not for the outlet of the Minnesota State Fair, I would not be as successful as I am today. It gave me the opportunity to grow as a singer at such an early age.”
- Tatti Anna Elness (pictured above, center)