Doggie Date: Dog Day MIA

Dogs and art: a natural combination. (Photo: MIA)

Dogs and art: a natural combination. (Photo: MIA)


What: Dog Day MIA, an outdoor afternoon of dogs and art

When: Saturday, September 14,
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Target Park at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Cost: Free!

Remember back in June, when the Minneapolis Institute of Arts had the genius idea of puttin’ on a day o’ dogs and art and then it started raining cats and dogs? Well, lucky for you, the MIA has rescheduled for next Saturday, September 14 (and the forecast is lookin’ good). As you might recall, the pawsome event will include a smorgasbord of pup-rific activities:

  • A pooch photobooth courtesy of yours truly (the media sponsor for the event, natch!)
  • A guide of the MIA’s dog-tastic art (so you can take a self-guided tour on your next humans-only museum visit)
  • A collaborative mural with artist Sarah Thornton of Lintu Art
  • Live music from the Como Avenue Jug Band
  • Training tips from Bark Busters
  • Information about pet adoption from the Animal Humane Society
  • Poo pickup baggies courtesy of ScoopyPoo
Target Park is going to the dogs. (Photo: MIA)

Target Park is always open to (leashed) dogs. (Photo: MIA)

“The MIA wants to connect with new audiences, especially those that are already very engaged, like the dog-loving community in the Twin Cities,” says MIA Audience Engagement Specialist Katie Hill. “It makes sense to invite this community to the museum to experience Target Park while also highlighting some canines in the collection.”

Target Park, the MIA’s unofficial backyard, is always open to (leashed) pups. For Dog Day MIA, pooches and their humans will get a VIP entrance to the space, through the museum’s Third Avenue entrance and straight through to Target Park. (Like most arts institutions, the MIA only allows service animals in the actual museum.)

In case the weather acts up again, keep an eye on the MIA’s social media (facebook.com/artsmia and @artsmia) for updates. Otherwise, leash ’em up and c’mon out!

—Kate Nelson

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