Each spring, Forecast is hired as a consultant to ArtStart to bring public art to their EcoArts Festival on Harriet Island. Artists are invited to respond to an open call and are selected by a community panel.  The event is scheduled for May 17 from 10am-3pm bringing youth and families from around the region to the banks of the Mississippi to perform, create and participate in arts experiences that connect to the earth. This year, the panel selected the Sunflower Revolution from the low tech/high joy collaborative.

low tech/high joy collaborative, the placemaking team of Marlaine Cox and Karen Kasel, is gearing up for the fourth iteration of the Sunflower Revolution, a seed sharing project focused on creating unique artist-designed seed packets to disperse within the community and the EcoArts Festival will be just one of many sites and groups involved in this participatory project. The collaborative encourages people to plant sunflowers beyond their boundaries, creating bright, harmless graffiti in the urban environment.

This season’s Sunflower Revolution has low tech/high joy collaborating with the staff and residents at Episcopal Homes, a senior housing facility in Saint Paul, with youth and educators at the EcoArts Festival in Saint Paul and with community members at SHORE, an event happening in Richfield on May 10th. The participants are involved in every step of the project, from designing the art to printing the packets to assembling, sewing, filling, sealing and distributing the packets.