Smallest Museum St. Paul

Smallest Museum St. Paul The Smallest Museum in St Paul invites artists, makers, and historians to apply to curate the micro-museum in one-month increments. The Smallest Museum in St Paul offers a platform to engage and delight LRT Green Line commuters and pedestrian traffic.
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The Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) is a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR at 2399 University Ave, St Paul 55114. Established by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the 2014 St Paul Arts Challenge, The Smallest Museum in St Paul offers a platform to engage and delight customers, LRT Green Line commuters, and

The Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) is a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR at 2399 University Ave, St Paul 55114. Established by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of the 2014 St Paul Arts Challenge, The Smallest Museum in St Paul offers a platform to engage and delight customers, LRT Green Line commuters, and

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Join us next weekend for our first ever virtual artist talk!Saturday Feb 6th11am Central Standard Time (12 noon Eastern ...
01/31/2021

Join us next weekend for our first ever virtual artist talk!

Saturday Feb 6th
11am Central Standard Time (12 noon Eastern Standard Time)

Join the Smallest Museum St. Paul and the Umbrella Cover Museum on Saturday, Feb. 6th for a talk with curators Nancy Hoffman and Shannon Forney, hosted by Forecast Public Art founder, Jack Becker. The Umbrella Cover Museum and The Smallest Museum in St. Paul will share their stories and talk about their collaboration.

Register here and we'll send you the ZOOM link -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZrYk7iv7YuLY3qGjlj9AqvlaobEquJQ0gJVY6KcttsARHwg/viewform

Join us next weekend for our first ever virtual artist talk!

Saturday Feb 6th
11am Central Standard Time (12 noon Eastern Standard Time)

Join the Smallest Museum St. Paul and the Umbrella Cover Museum on Saturday, Feb. 6th for a talk with curators Nancy Hoffman and Shannon Forney, hosted by Forecast Public Art founder, Jack Becker. The Umbrella Cover Museum and The Smallest Museum in St. Paul will share their stories and talk about their collaboration.

Register here and we'll send you the ZOOM link -
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScZrYk7iv7YuLY3qGjlj9AqvlaobEquJQ0gJVY6KcttsARHwg/viewform

Want to visit Maine? This little video takes you there - to Nancy Hoffman's Umbrella Cover Museum on Peak's Island. Of c...
01/24/2021
States of America - MAINE

Want to visit Maine? This little video takes you there - to Nancy Hoffman's Umbrella Cover Museum on Peak's Island. Of course, if you're in Saint Paul, Minnesota you can visit the Smallest Museum in St Paul and see this exhibit in person.

To start the 2021 year, the Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) will host an exhibit from the Umbrella Cover Museum, thru the end of February. The exhibit includes umbrella covers (sleeves) from around the world, a vintage fire hose umbrella cover from Bristol, England and a banana-shaped umbrella cover, marketed as the “Um-Banana”. The Umbrella Cover Museum is "dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover."

What is it that ties us to the state where we currently live and adopt it as the one we're "from"? How does living in our states define us? States…

Smallest Museum St. Paul
01/04/2021

Smallest Museum St. Paul

To start the 2021 year, the Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) will host an exhibit from the Umbrella Cover Museum, thru ...
01/04/2021

To start the 2021 year, the Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) will host an exhibit from the Umbrella Cover Museum, thru the end of February. The exhibit includes umbrella covers (sleeves) from around the world, a vintage fire hose umbrella cover from Bristol, England and a banana-shaped umbrella cover, marketed as the “Um-Banana”. The Umbrella Cover Museum is "dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover." Local audiences can donate umbrella covers (and story) to the Umbrella Cover Museum by dropping them off at Workhorse Coffee Bar during business hours. Virtual artist talk on Saturday February 6th from 11am until noon. All details will be posted on the Smallest Museum in St Paul page.

Exhibit runs from January 4th 2021 thru February 28th 2021. Exhibit is viewable 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, as the SMSP is viewable from the sidewalk.

Smallest Museum in St Paul is located at 2399 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55114, just outside Workhorse Coffee Bar. COVID-safe activity.

The Umbrella Cover Museum on Peaks Island, Maine is a quirky museum of umbrella covers or sheaths. The museum was created in 1996 by Nancy 3. Hoffman, who has collected nearly 2000 umbrella covers from 71 countries (and counting!).

The idea for the museum came when Hoffman was cleaning out a closet and came across a few umbrella covers. The museum began in Hoffman’s kitchen and was moved to a larger location as the collection grew. The museum’s collection ranges in size from a two-and-a-half-inch Barbie doll cover to a six-foot patio umbrella sleeve. It has hosted special exhibitions including “People and Their Covers” and “New Umbrella Cover Fashions.” On July 7th 2012, Guinness World Records named Hoffman's umbrella cover collection of 730 at the time to be the largest in the world. The museum is closed during the winter. Guided tours include Hoffman, who is also a musician, singing "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" while playing an accordion.

The Umbrella Cover Museum and the Smallest Museum share curatorial perspectives of finding ‘joy in the mundane’, and the ‘delight of a surprise micro- gallery’. Both projects are redefining the concept of ‘museum’ and who has access to curating content. These public artists use humor, music and delight to engage audiences.

To start the 2021 year, the Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) will host an exhibit from the Umbrella Cover Museum, thru ...
01/04/2021

To start the 2021 year, the Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) will host an exhibit from the Umbrella Cover Museum, thru the end of February. The exhibit includes umbrella covers (sleeves) from around the world, a vintage fire hose umbrella cover from Bristol, England and a banana-shaped umbrella cover, marketed as the “Um-Banana”. The Umbrella Cover Museum is "dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover." Local audiences can donate umbrella covers (and story) to the Umbrella Cover Museum by dropping them off at Workhorse Coffee Bar during business hours. Virtual artist talk on Saturday February 6th from 11am until noon. All details will be posted on the Smallest Museum in St Paul page.

Exhibit runs from January 4th 2021 thru February 28th 2021. Exhibit is viewable 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, as the SMSP is viewable from the sidewalk.

Smallest Museum in St Paul is located at 2399 University Ave. St. Paul, MN 55114, just outside Workhorse Coffee Bar. COVID-safe activity.

The Umbrella Cover Museum on Peaks Island, Maine is a quirky museum of umbrella covers or sheaths. The museum was created in 1996 by Nancy 3. Hoffman, who has collected nearly 2000 umbrella covers from 71 countries (and counting!).

The idea for the museum came when Hoffman was cleaning out a closet and came across a few umbrella covers. The museum began in Hoffman’s kitchen and was moved to a larger location as the collection grew. The museum’s collection ranges in size from a two-and-a-half-inch Barbie doll cover to a six-foot patio umbrella sleeve. It has hosted special exhibitions including “People and Their Covers” and “New Umbrella Cover Fashions.” On July 7th 2012, Guinness World Records named Hoffman's umbrella cover collection of 730 at the time to be the largest in the world. The museum is closed during the winter. Guided tours include Hoffman, who is also a musician, singing "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" while playing an accordion.

The Umbrella Cover Museum and the Smallest Museum share curatorial perspectives of finding ‘joy in the mundane’, and the ‘delight of a surprise micro- gallery’. Both projects are redefining the concept of ‘museum’ and who has access to curating content. These public artists use humor, music and delight to engage audiences.

Creative Enterprise Zone
09/25/2020

Creative Enterprise Zone

Join us and meet your neighbors!
CEZ Outside Open House

During National Night Out
Tuesday, October 6 at 4-7pm

Walk, run, bike or drive the over 20+ murals of the Creative Enterprise Zone of Saint Paul, featuring twelve Chroma Zone Festival murals and six NEW murals from our 2020 Summer Mural Project.

Download a Mural Map at creativeenterprisezone.org or stop by the CEZ booth at the corner of Raymond Ave & Charles Ave. to learn more!

Smallest Museum St. Paul's cover photo
09/12/2020

Smallest Museum St. Paul's cover photo

09/12/2020
Capitol Region Watershed District

This month's SMSP exhibit might interest folks who are engaged at the intersections of art, community, local watershed, environment, history - and we're neighbors!

"September SMSP Exhibit- Borderlands: Bridal Veil Valley
by Jennifer Schultz

The Exhibit
This work was created as part of the “Borderlands” project for the Smallest Museum in St. Paul. “Borderlands” is an artistic survey of the neighborhoods and industrialized area to the east and west of Highway 280, which runs along a pre-existing boundary between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
75 years ago, a bubbling creek flowed where Highway 280 now runs. Neighborhood kids fished in the creek and spent days splashing in the adjacent ponds. The area was green and abundant with wildlife.
Fast forward: Bridal Veil Creek is gone, and in its place is an unappealing industrial area, dotted with brick buildings and weedy vacant lots, crisscrossed by railroad lines, bisected by the trunk highway." https://www.facebook.com/SmallestMuseum/posts/1273656209639473

Capitol Region Watershed District's mission is to protect, manage and improve water resources within our boundaries: lakes, wetlands and the Mississippi River.

Are you in CRWD? Enter your address in the map: https://www.capitolregionwd.org/about-crwd/

September SMSP Exhibit- Borderlands: Bridal Veil Valleyby Jennifer SchultzThe ExhibitThis work was created as part of th...
09/04/2020

September SMSP Exhibit- Borderlands: Bridal Veil Valley
by Jennifer Schultz

The Exhibit
This work was created as part of the “Borderlands” project for the Smallest Museum in St. Paul. “Borderlands” is an artistic survey of the neighborhoods and industrialized area to the east and west of Highway 280, which runs along a pre-existing boundary between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
75 years ago, a bubbling creek flowed where Highway 280 now runs. Neighborhood kids fished in the creek and spent days splashing in the adjacent ponds. The area was green and abundant with wildlife.
Fast forward: Bridal Veil Creek is gone, and in its place is an unappealing industrial area, dotted with brick buildings and weedy vacant lots, crisscrossed by railroad lines, bisected by the trunk highway.

Bridal Veil Valley is an informal designation for the area through which runs the BNSF Railroad lines and the University of MN transitway. It is boundaried by Kasota Avenue to the north; University Avenue to the south; Prospect Park to the west; and St. Anthony Park to the east. Bridal Veil Creek subwatershed is a smaller area within the valley, which once encompassed wetlands and ponds that spread across the area, prior to the construction of the railroad lines and later, trunk Highway 280. Bridal Veil Creek itself once flowed from near Eustis Street, south and east through connected wetlands, to Superior Street on the University campus. From there it turned south to tumble over the banks of the Mississippi as Bridal Veil Falls, just above present-day Franklin Avenue.

You won’t find Bridal Veil creek above ground now; with the exception of a small restoration project on Kasota Avenue, the creek is entirely channeled below ground and meanders through a set of sewer tunnels; a trickle emerges from limestone and concrete conduits now at the banks of the river.
My artwork is an exploration of the changing borderlands between Minneapolis and St Paul; and of the waterway that once sprawled Janus-like across our best-known municipal boundary.

The Artist
Jennifer Schultz is a textile and mixed media artist rooted in Minnesota. She worked 15 years in the fine arts as a curator and critic, before devoting all of her creative energy to producing her own work. Now an artist, teacher and costumer, Jennifer focuses her design skills and love for the vast nuances of color on creating works within three driving themes: Storytelling/Activism, Place, and Domesticity.
Jennifer is the recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board grant; a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship through the Textile Center of MN; and has had work featured in Fiber Arts Magazine.
Jennifer’s techniques include hand-dyeing, eco-dyeing and rust-dyeing found and commercial fabrics; hand and machine stitching; digital fabric design; encaustic; printmaking and book arts. You can find her work at on Facebook @jenniferaschultzfibers.

We’re Baa-ack!! Stay tuned for a new Smallest Museum exhibit in September!  Some of you know that the Smallest Museum gl...
08/31/2020

We’re Baa-ack!! Stay tuned for a new Smallest Museum exhibit in September! Some of you know that the Smallest Museum glass door was smashed and broken in late April. I was devastated that the artwork was stolen. But, after a summer hiatus the project is back. A huge shout out and thanks to dear friend Bob Burns for repairing the door, installing new glass and finding the best new red paint color, “Red Gumball”. #staytuned #gratitude #smallart #smallestmuseumstpaul

Smallest Museum St. Paul
02/01/2020

Smallest Museum St. Paul

One more week to get your 2020 SMSP application in!   Easy application, no work samples required. https://docs.google.co...
12/05/2019
Smallest Museum in St Paul 2020 - Call for Exhibit Proposals

One more week to get your 2020 SMSP application in!
Easy application, no work samples required.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m7UmVPGTaOhrIcG3SFC5sa1X5h2Q55iUOS1E82LECFA/edit

APPLY HERE: The Smallest Museum in St Paul invites artists, makers, and historians to apply to curate the micro-museum in one-month increments throughout 2020. We host a fall and spring proposal deadline for the following 6 exhibit months. The SMSP will conduct 2 calls for proposals; a spring and fa...

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08/16/2019

Smallest Museum St. Paul's cover photo

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08/16/2019

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Smallest Museum St. Paul
07/25/2019

Smallest Museum St. Paul

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07/11/2019

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Great article about the July SMSP Exhibit -Weird State Capitol Souvenirs by Sheila Smith
07/11/2019
Clogtown - The Smallest Museum In St. Paul

Great article about the July SMSP Exhibit -Weird State Capitol Souvenirs by Sheila Smith

"This museum is for the beloved public." I love that. And I love this little - truly, The Smallest Museum In St. Paul ! - museum made out...

Smallest Museum St. Paul
06/26/2019

Smallest Museum St. Paul

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06/26/2019

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Home - Emerging Curators Institute
05/24/2019
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The Emerging Curators Institute is designed to build the individual practices of emerging curators from diverse backgrounds through an in-depth research, professional development, and presentation program.

Smallest Museum St. Paul
04/23/2019

Smallest Museum St. Paul

Wow we all had a lot of fun at the opening today of #joysofjello ! Thank you to our large crowd that could join us. It w...
03/24/2019

Wow we all had a lot of fun at the opening today of #joysofjello ! Thank you to our large crowd that could join us. It was a fun day full of sun and gelatin. @ Smallest Museum St. Paul

Smallest Museum St. Paul
03/22/2019

Smallest Museum St. Paul

PARTICIPATE! in Emily Hoisington's June SMSP Exhibit, "One Line on the Green Line"! You can submit drawings for the SMSP June exhibit!
Emily Hoisington

Submit a continuous line drawing inspired from March thru April 2019 to [email protected] or in person at Workhorse Coffee Bar.
Make a 4x6” continuous line drawing while riding on the Green Line or at one of the stations of the Green Line. you can follow these prompts:

● Notice how your eye travels from one thing to the next. Let your drawing follow your eye.

● Once you start drawing, don’t stop: the whole thing will be made of one continuous line.

● Look more at your environment, less at your paper.

● If you notice mistakes and distortions, let them be part of the drawing.

● Connect the edges of objects and/or draw across the surface texture of objects.

● Let your eye and line explore anything interesting and follow any path through the space.

● Leave some things unfinished; allow the spaces to balance out the areas of denser marks.

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