Art Shanties return to frozen White Bear Lake

Art Shanty Project participants were busy constructing their artistic creations out on White Bear Lake prior to the opening weekend Feb. 4 – 5.

The Art Shanty Project returns to White Bear Lake every weekend in February. The free frozen festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White Bear Lake County Park. For over a decade, Art Shanty Projects has organized a monthlong transformation of an ice-covered body of water into an interactive, artist-driven temporary community that expands notions of art and artist. Each year curious locals, regional artists and thousands of visitors brave the elements to celebrate art and community. The 2017 On-Ice Program brings new artistic use to frosted landscapes by assembling an artist-designed village filled with creative structures and lively performances where audience participation is encouraged to complete the scene. 

Opening weekend, Feb. 4-5, coincides with the annual Bear’ly Open charity golf tournament. Youth and family weekend, Feb. 11-12, features performances geared toward younger audiences. All-access weekend, Feb. 18-19, includes additional volunteers and kick-sleds to assist with mobility on ice as well as 30-minute sign language-interpreted and audio-described tours of Shanty Village at the top of every hour for those with hearing or visual impairment. The project concludes its run of eclectic structures and unique performances during closing weekend, Feb. 25-26. The full schedule of events and directions can be found online at

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