More than 300 friends of MCAD gathered for this special September event.
More than 300 friends of MCAD gathered for this special September event.

This past Saturday, MCAD hosted an open house and public celebration for the greater Twin Cities community.

Having just wrapped up its NEXT/NOW capital campaign, which raised nearly $24M for scholarships, academic facilities, and academic programs, the college wanted to host this event as a way of showing gratitude, sharing art, and embracing the spirit of community that made it all possible.

In the sunny late afternoon, MCAD’s campus beamed with color as more than 300 friends of the college gathered in the south parking lot. In the background stood the huge, multi-story mural by Patrick Miller ’02 and Patrick McNeil of FAILE—their first work ever in Minnesota. In front of the mural, all kinds of art-oriented festivities were taking place. View the slideshow below to see highlights from the day, including art-making activities for kids and adults alike, some competitive pinball play, and lots of ogling of impressive art. Plus, see additional images from the event on Flickr.

The open house was shaped and defined by the spirit of art and community, in and outside the realm of campus, the Whittier neighborhood, and even the Twin Cities. Here’s to many more years of collaborative effort and support between the MCAD community and the people outside it.

Photos, unless otherwise noted, by Anna Schultz ’16.