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Uniquinox: Tarot Alive | Join us for an outdoor puppetry festival in July

We are thrilled to announce Uniquinox: Tarot Alive, an outdoor puppetry festival on Saturday, July 9, that will feature large-scale puppets, interactive art, poetry reading, live music, and food.

Collaboratively organized by a group of Interact artists and staff, the festival imagines new futures through the lens of the Tarot, cultivating perseverance, strength, and growth through the deck’s iconic symbols and archetypes.

Uniquinox: Tarot Alive is free, open to the public, and family friendly. Oversized puppets of The Lovers, Death, The Sun, and a humorous interactive oracle will intermingle alongside carnival games, live art-making, music by Alma Andina, and a food truck from Saint Paul’s El Burrito Mercado. An accompanying exhibition will open at Interact Gallery the following week.

The celebration debuts after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the disability community especially hard. Resisting and persisting through isolation and uncertainty has instilled lessons in accessibility, community care, and the importance of art in times of crisis.

We hope you'll join us for this interdisciplinary event and companion exhibition at the height of summer! 

Festival Details

When | Saturday, July 9, 2022, 12-4 p.m.

Where | Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1860 Minnehaha Avenue W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Features | Carnival games, poetry reading, large-scale puppets, original art for sale, and live art-making alongside live music and food available to purchase from El Burrito Mercado.

In the event of bad weather, the festival will be held inside Interact Center. Masks are required indoors. 

Exhibition Details

When | July 13 - August 17, 2022 by appointment*

Where | Interact Gallery, 755 Prior Avenue North, Suite 002D (lower level), Saint Paul, MN 55104

Directions | Find parking and accessibility details on our Visit page.

Features | Original drawings, paintings, and puppets that investigate the Tarot as a means for cultivating perseverance, strength, and growth in times of crisis.

* Make an appointment here or call us at (651) 756-1246 to set up a time. Masks are required for Gallery visitors.



Contributing Artists

Interact Visual Arts Instructors Phoebe Mol and Lizz Windnagel developed this project alongside Interact artists Mary Burdick, Koko Dehn, Michael Engebretson, Peder Hagen, D.D. Kilgore, Evita Newman, Candace Ogborn, Lucy Picasso, Briana Shelstad, and Bonnie Thorne.



Image descriptions: 

Top: Vibrant cardboard puppets by Koko Dehn, Briana Shelstad, and Lucy Picasso.

Slideshow: Photos of Interact artists and staff developing oversized cardboard and mixed media puppets for the festival.