Who are the Flint Hills Family Festival Partners?
Sarah Witte-Jacobs, Ordway 5/29/19
If you’ve ever visited the annual Flint Hills Family Festival, chances are you’ve seen the Festival Partners—but you may not have known it! Many of the free, fun activities at the Festival are hosted by local arts and culture organizations who volunteer to participate as Festival Partners. But what does being a Festival Partner really mean?
Festival Partners are a significant presence, both indoors and outdoors, at School Days and the public Family Weekend of the Flint Hills Family Festival. They are an integral part of the success of the Festival, including offering engaging and free art activities, supporting arts education, strengthening bonds between people, and uplifting the cultural differences of the vibrant Saint Paul community. Festival Partners fulfill the role of artistic guide for children and their schools and families, providing access to Minnesota’s diverse population through hands-on art and cultural activities.
To participate in the Flint Hills Family Festival, as a Festival Partner, one must be a non-profit arts and culture organization providing programming for families or youth or a program or department of the City of Saint Paul. Their commitment is to staff, plan, supply, and implement one or several artistic and/or cultural activities. These activities must be educational, experiential, interactive, accessible, and creative.
Ordway typically recruits about 20 organizations to engage around 16,000 students during School Days and 34,000 children and their families during Family Weekend. Since implementing the component of Partners at the Flint Hills Family Festival, over 300 organizations have been a part of the magic. These organizations are indispensable to the Ordway, and their work results in an average of 700 hours of planning, $10,000 in supplies, and over 250 volunteers for just one year!
Experience the magic yourself! Join us for the 2019 Flint Hills Family Festival on May 31 and June 1 to check out the amazing Festival Partner offerings, and find more information about their organizational happenings at the links below!
2019 Flint Hills Family Festival Partners
Autism Society of Minnesota
Blast Off to Kindergarden
Hoang Anh Vietnamese Dance Group
India Association of Minnesota
Minnesota Children’s Museum
Minnesota History Center
Ragamala Dance Company
Saint Paul Fire Department
Saint Paul Public Schools
Science Museum of Minnesota
Sejong Academy Charter School
Silverwood Park – Three Rivers Park District
Stages Theatre Company
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth
The Works Museum
TPT – Twin Cities PBS
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