As communities across the globe work to suppress the spread of COVID-19, Arts@MSP invites you to reconnect with Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport through the arts.

MSP’s art collection is inspired by the landscapes, the people, the animals, and the diverse cultures of Minnesota. Richly saturated mosaics grace the restrooms. Thoughtfully designed sculptures surprise guests with innovative use of materials and techniques. Gorgeous inlaid floors delight passengers with meaningful content and superior craftsmanship that will stand the test of time.

Make your world more colorful with coloring pages for children of all ages and abilities. Learn about the art collection at MSP Airport and engage with Minnesota’s creative community while non-essential travel is restricted.

Until you’re ready to fly again, have fun, relax, unwind, and #StayCreative with Arts@MSP, all from the comfort of home.

Flying Colors

Flying Colors is a suite of free coloring pages based on MSP’s art collection and exhibitions. Download your favorites from the available options below. Then, share your masterpieces by emailing us at arts@airportfoundation.org to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram profiles.

Coloring page of Minnesota Prairie by Sheryl Tuorila
Minnesota Prairie © Sheryl Tuorila, 2017
Coloring page of Minnesota Lepidoptera by Josie Lewis
Minnesota Lepidoptera © Josie Lewis, 2019
Minnesota Lepidoptera © Josie Lewis, 2019
The Friendship Committee Coloring Book © Wesley Fawcett Creigh, 2018

Exhibits

Project Bike Retrospective is an exhibition of artwork curated and arranged by 410 Project Gallery owner and creator of Project Bike, Dana Sikkila. More than 50 works of art spanning multiple mediums showcase the work of 12 artists from across Minnesota state who were visited by Dana during her five Project Bike bicycle journeys between 2015 and 2019. The exhibition also features the bike and trailer Dana used to transport the artwork from studio to studio, as well as an 8-minute retrospective documentary about the project.

Project Bike is Minnesota’s only woman-led bicycle tour with visual artists and their studios setting the destinations. For the past five years Dana has set out with Kyle Zeiezler on this one of a kind art/bike tour, advocating for the important point that every artist has skills and creative ideas to help grow and sustain our communities. Over the years, with her bike, trailer, and film crew, Sikkila has traveled over 2,500 miles across Minnesota to artists living in communities ranging from rural areas to large cities. Project Bike’s mission is to showcase that art and artists are truly part of our chemistry as individuals, as communities, and as a state.

Story Hour

Arts@MSP has partnered with talented authors from Minnesota to share their work for the series Story Hour.

The Shared Room by Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She holds degrees from Carleton College and Columbia University. Yang is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Yang’s newest book, The Shared Room, was released on June 9, 2020. In the fall of 2020, Yang will have two new books, a collective memoir about refugee lives titled Somewhere in the Unknown World and another book for children called The Most Beautiful Thing. Kao Kalia Yang is also a teacher and public speaker.

Ely Eagle Learns to Fly by Deb Cotterman

Debra Cotterman is a life-long Minnesotan who still (kind of) believes that animals talk to each other when people aren’t looking. In the seventh grade she wrote an essay stating she wanted to be a writer when she grew up, and here, only fifty years later, is her first book. Debra is a mom, a bookstore owner, and a reader and collector of children’s books. She currently lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota.