Blue Ox Art Putt

Summary:

Blue Ox Art Putt seeks to bring new life to the arts experience and community recreation by bringing them together to create playable art. This artist-designed mini-golf course will be an anchor attraction of a larger St. Paul redevelopment project, the Schmidt Brewery on West 7th, the oldest road in Minnesota.

Blue Ox Art Putt is designed to provide many options for interaction: numerous artist-designed benches and bike racks, a playground, fountain, and a stage for performance. This mixed-use concept allows for many genres of art and multiple points of entry for everyone from committed art-ophiles to the random passerby on the way to the bus stop. Blue Ox will be programming a full calendar of events, performances, and workshops.

Blue Ox Art Putt will add art each year in the form of new holes, amenities, and supplemental programming, increasing the lively fantastic spectacle of an arts-driven wonderland. New artist-commissioned holes will be added while retaining the more popular holes from the previous year. There are unlimited opportunities for co-programming and collaboration with local arts and social service organizations and businesses. Blue Ox will be a community gathering place, a hub for conversing and mingling.

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About You

First Name

Blue Ox Art Putt

Last Name

Gabriel Shapiro, Communications Director

City

St. Paul

County

Ramsey

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

Christi Atkinson, Chris Pennington, Jennifer Pennington

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About Your Organization (if applicable)

Organization Name (if applicable)

Blue Ox Art Putt

Organization Website

Organization Phone

6513988885

Organization Address

421 Osceola Avenue

City

St. Paul

Organization Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Blue Ox Art Putt

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Blue Ox Art Putt seeks to bring new life to the arts experience and community recreation by bringing them together to create playable art. This artist-designed mini-golf course will be an anchor attraction of a larger St. Paul redevelopment project, the Schmidt Brewery on West 7th, the oldest road in Minnesota.
Blue Ox Art Putt is designed to provide many options for interaction: numerous artist-designed benches and bike racks, a playground, fountain, and a stage for performance. This mixed-use concept allows for many genres of art and multiple points of entry for everyone from committed art-ophiles to the random passerby on the way to the bus stop. Blue Ox will be programming a full calendar of events, performances, and workshops.
Blue Ox Art Putt will add art each year in the form of new holes, amenities, and supplemental programming, increasing the lively fantastic spectacle of an arts-driven wonderland. New artist-commissioned holes will be added while retaining the more popular holes from the previous year. There are unlimited opportunities for co-programming and collaboration with local arts and social service organizations and businesses. Blue Ox will be a community gathering place, a hub for conversing and mingling.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Blue Ox Art Putt creates a playable art space that incorporates the familiar game play of mini-golf in a novel way. Because of the universal appeal of mini-golf, we expect virtually every demographic--young children and their parents, teenagers on their first date, seniors looking for a fun, low-impact physical activity, gallery-goers coming to see their favorite local artists, and public art enthusiasts. In short, there is something for everyone. This unique project will build and program a community-gathering place that brings diverse groups together and strengthens the social fabric of St. Paul.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Blue Ox Art Putt will make a difference by accomplishing the following goals:
1. Provide ongoing commissioned work and recognition for artists
2. Build and program a community-gathering place that brings diverse people together
3. Partner with arts and social service organizations through collaboration, co-programming, or cross-promotion
4. Foster an attitude of sharing, a free exchange of ideas and artist promotion; a refreshing model of organizational sharing vs. organizational competition, continuing to make the Twin Cities an innovative leader.
5. Develop an arts business model that is self-sustaining after the first year
6. Strengthens the arts and benefits St. Paul

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Blue Ox Art Putt will be an annually curated art space. New artist-designed mini-golf holes will be introduced each year while the most popular holes will be retained. Blue Ox programming will include a full calendar of events such as concerts, performance, and workshops. The ever-changing aspects will provide more work for artists as well as engage participants and attendees to come back for more.

Blue Ox's development of a financially self-sustaining arts organization can be replicated in other communities, thereby further strengthening both the arts and communities that benefit from them.

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