Klipp – A Creative August


Visit ASI for a Colorful & Creative August


The Great Makers Exchange – a Creative Gathering
Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Workshops begin at 9 a.m.)

Ready, set, make! The American Swedish Institute invites you to a gathering for painters, crafters, carvers, weavers – and folks who just want to learn how make something! With fun and casual two-hour craft workshops in the morning (9 -11 a.m.) and afternoon (2 – 4 p.m.), beginners as well as craft enthusiasts have a chance to make something with their hands. Visit the Great Makers Exchange event page to see the full list of workshops and to register. Drop-in activities include a Young Makers Studio for youth and families, a Makers Market where you can buy what artists have made, on-site craft demonstrations, live music from local talent and the Featured Maker Talk.

Festival included with museum admission or Great Makers Exchange workshop registration.

Featured Maker Talk: Sustainable Textiles with Three Rivers Fibershed

1-2 p.m.
Join Three Rivers Fibershed to talk about sustainable fashion and share questions, inspiration and ideas for action. Walk through ASI’s new exhibition Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe, to learn how one globally successful designer has incorporated sustainable practices into her textile and clothing production.


Be Bold! Explore Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe

U.S. Exhibition Premiere. On view through October 28

Gudrun Sjödén – A Colourful Universe has transformed ASI into a whimsical world with bold colors and patterns in a visually striking collaboration with Swedish designer and global entrepreneur Gudrun Sjödén.

Curated Cocktail Tours

Experience the exhibition with curated cocktail and specialty lite-bites from FIKA in hand. This after-hours journey of the senses is inspired by Gudrun – her bold use of color, her eco-conscious approach and her global impact.

Space is limited. Open to ages 21+. Two tour dates available:
Thursday, September 6, 7-8:30 p.m. Register here.
Thursday, October 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Register here.

$50 ASI members / $55 non-members

Private Group Tours
Book a festive outing for your book club, friends, co-workers or family to tour the Gudrun exhibition with one of ASI’s knowledgeable guides. Group tours include a Sjödén-designed cloth bag and exhibition booklet. grouptours.

Upcycle Your Used Clothing!

Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12
Finally, a creative way to put used clothing or fabric to work! Bring them to ASI’s new återbruk (recycling) container. On select weekends, designers led by Maddy Bartsch of Three Rivers Fibershed will “upcycle” (cut and sew) these items into bags that will be sold in the Museum Shop. A portion of proceeds will go to a local organization.

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Twin Cities Exclusive: Gudrun on Sale at the ASI Museum Store

Shop Gudrun Sjödén right here in Minneapolis!

From Boho Bird shirts that are flying off the rack to socks, tea towels to T-shirts, the ASI Museum Store at the American Swedish Institute is the only place outside of New York (or online!) to purchase Gudrun Sjödén goods. We’re re-ordering items as quickly as possible, including a limited number of scarfs designed especially by Gudrun for this ASI exhibition.

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Verne Anderson + Cecilia Schiller – Whimsy and Wonder

Exhibition on view August 11-September 16
Artist reception Wed., August 15, 6-7 p.m.

This remarkable exhibition features the engaging and whimsical work of two Twin Cities-based artists – Verne Anderson, printmaker and woodcarver, and Cecilia Schiller, who creates mechanical automata. Their careers intersect with three-dimensional sculpture, craft and art. The Artist Reception is included with museum admission.

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Try Your Hand At Nordic Craft!

Nordic Craft Two-Day Workshop: Birch Bark Field Pouch
Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5,
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day
$160 ASI members / $185 non-members
Click here for more info and to register.

Youth Nordic Craft Workshop: Decorated Pockets
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1-5 p.m.

$30 ASI member youth / $35 non-member
Click here for more info and to register.

Nordic Craft Workshop: Handmade Bound Journal
Friday, Aug. 10, 1- 5 p.m.
$55 ASI members / $65 non-members
Click here for more info and to register.

Nordic Craft Workshop: Printed Tote Bags
Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$85 ASI members / $95 non-members
Click here for more info and to register.

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Wednesday Craft Series
Summer fun for adults and youth

Craft & Cocktails Series
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Make Nordic-inspired crafts while enjoying a beverage from FIKA. Our Craft & Cocktail 2018 Series is a great after-work outing! Follow individual links to register:

$30 ASI members / $35 non-members. Includes one drink and all project materials.

Summer Slöjd Youth Handcraft Series
Wednesdays from 1 – 3 p.m.
In our Summer Slöjd 2018 Youth Handcraft Series, young makers will make fun and useful objects. Adults may register alongside youth to create together. Follow these links to register.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members.

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Youth & Family Programming
Come and play with us!

Kids at the Castle: Mini Makers
Fri., August 17 & Sat., August 18,
9-10 a.m. each day
It’s a morning play date! This month’s Kids at the Castle is inspired by the Great Makers Exchange and encourages curious young minds through crafts, storytelling, visual play, music and movement. Only $8 for the whole family. No registration required.

Pippi Day Camp – August 9. Only a few spots left!

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Language & Culture Walking, Talking, Learning

Language Classes
The last of summer classes begin the first week of August, including:

Swedish Hiking Club
Saturday, August 11, 9-11 a.m.
Take a skogsbad, break for fika and practice din svenska! The August Club will meet at Minnehaha Falls. Swedish Hiking Club will continue into the fall – view the list of dates.

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members. Click here to register.

Coming Soon: Fall Language Opportunities
Watch for some exciting new language programs this fall, including Svenska för tonåringar (Swedish for teenagers) and Svenska på slottet (Swedish at the castle). Stay tuned for the full line-up. Fall classes begin the week of September 17.

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Kräftskiva – Crayfish Party

Helan går…”

Friday, August 24, 6:30 p.m.

Experience a kräftskiva, a Swedish summer tradition, during a magical evening in ASI’s courtyard. There’ll be party hats, lanterns, music, dancing and, of course, plenty of crayfish brined with dill and served with bread, cheese and other side dishes. Our hosts will show you how to eat the crayfish and lead drinking songs. Grab a bib and skål!

$55 ASI members / $65 non-members (includes one shot of aquavit). 21+ event. Cash bar available. Click here to register.

Don’t Miss Out – Tickets go on Sale August 10
for the Fall Cocktails at the Castle on Friday, September 14!
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