If you’ve been challenged to help your clients drive creativity across their organization, call a meeting of the minds in May. While creativity, like the mighty Mississippi, churns through the Twin Cities all year round, this elusive force always crests in the springtime, prompting local parks, theaters, art galleries and museums to burst into bloom with captivating festivals, irreverent shows and other inspiring, out-of-the-box experiences.
If your clients need super-sized inspiration for their Herculean creative challenges, take them to this exuberantly theatrical spring celebration in Powderhorn Park. Now in its 44th year, this beloved community event is the result of months of planning, with public brainstorming sessions and 16 art workshops, free and open to the public. Don’t miss the Tree of Life Ceremony, with towering puppets representing Prairie, Sky, River and Woods, borne by people on stilts. May 6, hobt.org
If your client’s creative process could benefit from some cross-pollination, invite them to Art-a-Whirl, the largest open-studio tour in the country. Now in its 23rd year, this kaleidoscopic weekend hosted by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association offers a unique opportunity to meet at least 700 painters, jewelers, photographers, woodcarvers and other makers in galleries, ateliers, storefronts and collaborative work spaces. May 18-20, nemaa.org
Inspire your clients to think differently with a design-centric evening at the Walker Art Center on the terraces overlooking the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. As you play 10 artist-designed holes on the Skyline Mini Golf course, point out the Philip Johnson-designed IDS Center, the César Pelli-designed Wells Fargo Center and other local landmarks that punctuate the downtown skyline. May 22-September 2, walkerart.org
Remind your clients that improvisation and irreverence are vital to the creative process with tickets to Brave New Workshop (BNW), the longest-operating satirical theater in the country. In celebration of the theater’s 60th anniversary, Age Against the Machine: BNW’s Greatest Hits features a curated mix of the theater’s most memorable, laugh-out-loud moments. Through June 16, bravenewworkshop.com
Ideation is thirsty work. Rehydrate on the patio at these colorful local watering holes.