Art in the Hollow celebrates 10th anniversary

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Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a St. Paul-based group dedicated to sharing Mexica Nahua and Aztec culture, dances at Art in the Hollow on June 1. The group demonstrated a variety of traditional dances and drumming for the crowd. (Mandy Hathaway / The Metropolitan)


The tenth Art in the Hollow, the only art festival on St. Paul’s East Side, featured more than 80 artists and performers. Organizers estimate that 2,000-plus people attended the event in Swede Hollow Park on Saturday, June 1.

“We had great weather to show off our hidden gem of a park,” said Benjamin Mason, communications director for Art in the Hollow. “More new and experienced artists from the community than ever, and neighbors and strangers streaming through the entrances all day to discover the depths of nature and creativity we have hidden down here in Swede Hollow.”

The festival is run by Friends of Swede Hollow, a community organization whose mission is to protect the natural beauty of Swede Hollow Park and remember its past.

Swede Hollow Park is a sprawling greenspace adjacent to Metro State’s St. Paul campus. Trail access and parking are located at the intersection of East Seventh Street and Payne Avenue, two blocks southwest of campus.

Artists, artisans and community organizations set up displays at the free event. More than 35 music, dance and spoken word acts performed on the event’s three stages. The sixth annual outdoor sculpture contest honored the best temporary art installation in the park.