The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Twin Cities 2012, March 24-25

Franconia Sculpture Park

Paired with Twin Cities EE

Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative professional arts organization that supports the talent and ambition of emerging and established artists from around country and beyond. In our first 15 years, 614 artists have received direct support through Franconia's artist programs. Franconia is the only arts organization in the country devoted to large scale three-dimensional artwork, where artists are given the opportunity to live, work, and exhibit all at one site. Free and open to the public 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk, our world-class exhibition and high-quality education programs are widely accessible to a diverse audience. Franconia nurtures artistic excellence and strives to enrich the cultural life of our surrounding community, region, and nation through our exhibition and education programs that serve 50,000+ people annually. At the core of Franconia's programming is a commitment to making the arts accessible to both artists and community. We actively serve our public community through our engaging schedule of programs and events each year. In 2012 this schedule includes the Docent-Led Tour Program, Kids Make Sculpture Workshops, the At-Risk Youth Outreach Program, the annual Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour, a 3-D Symposium series, the 3-D Concert Series, the annual Art & Artists Celebration, Franconia in the City @ Casket Arts in Northeast Minneapolis, school partnerships, and special art projects with like-minded organizations.

What new functionality we are looking for

Franconia's website was created more than 12 years ago and the antiquated design, complicated layout, and over-cluttered pages are difficult for our staff to work with and confusing for our visitors to interact with. Through the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, we are looking to have our website rebuilt through a content management system that allows maximum front-end user control. Currently, one member of staff has the know how to update and revise our outdated website and we'd like for all staff to be able to log in, upload pictures, revise the artist pages, update events, etc. We have a lot of information that we need to communicate online (ideally, in an effective and simplified way), which includes our artist pages, programs & events, images, etc., and we need to make sure that a new website supports our current volume of content, but allows for future growth without unnecessary restrictions. We'd like our new website to have dynamic features including a newsfeed and integration with our existing social media outlets. We want our website to be clean, simplified, and easy for visitors to navigate without sacrificing our ability to provide customized information about our organization, programs, and events. In short, we need to strike a balance between quality and quantity in the design and content of our website. With the expertise of a team of web professionals, we'll be able to create a cohesive, concise, and dynamic website that allows us to effectively communicate with our community online.

How the new functionality will help

Online communication is Franconia's best way to connect with our artist and community audiences. A cohesive and dynamic website will allow us to make this extremely important form of communication more effective and efficient. We provide a lot of information about our organization through our website, but as it is right now, many users are confused with the navigation system and the content layout. With a mission, "To foster an inspiring environment for artists to expand their skills and promote the public education of three-dimensional art," we have an extensive schedule of programs and events, but our ability to promote these arts and educational activities online is limited because of our outdated website. One of the most important services that we provide for our community is an accessible exhibition that is free and open to the public, 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk. Yet, many people who are new to Franconia are unaware of this basic information about who we are, where we are, and what we do because it is embedded in copy which creates a barrier for us in connecting with our audience. A new website will enable us to effectively and efficiently communicate with our audiences in order to promote our programs & events, provide information about Franconia, and build support for our organization. An efficient website is a fundamental component of the working system to effectively carry out our organizational mission. In addition, as a maturing non-profit, we are looking to grow our donor base. A new website will help us to connect with potential donors and provide a simple, inviting method to donate to Franconia online.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

Before & After Snapshots

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83 Messages from Supporters

2012-02-22 05:37:28 UTC
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Ummm.... is it okay to say that their website is absolutely terrible? What these guys do on such a tiny budget is heroic and beautiful. The website is not. PLEASE - I fully support this organization in this contest - they need help getting a website worthy of the amazingly ambitious and important things they manage to make happen.

2012-02-22 21:25:34 UTC
John (FSP Board)

I studied this organization as part of my Master's degree in nonprofit management before being asked to later join the Board. This is a vibrant, growing, healthy organization that could really use some technical expertise in this area to move us into the long-term sustainability phase. The mission is sound, the balance sheet is good, and there are no critical issues affecting operations. FSP is established and now needs some help to "take it to the next level." This project would go a long way towards helping us achieve that goal.

2012-02-21 23:51:23 UTC
Anonymous

Franconia is truly one of the most amazing and generous places on earth. The incredible, and ambitious, artwork made on this mid-western prairie is a sight to behold. Unfortunately, the current website does no justice to actual experience.
FSP has showcased so many fantastic artists, it would unbelievable to have a visual database- easily navigable- of the each piece ever created on the legendary "FSP work-pad"

2012-02-22 05:19:48 UTC
Jess

Franconia needs a new website! It so clearly does. The place is amazing and what they do is amazing and the website does not do it justice. They need a website that can really work and look good at the same time. These guys provide something incredible for the arts on a national level - they need a website that can relate this.

2012-02-21 22:01:45 UTC
Anonymous

Admittedly I do not use the website, but I do get and enjoy updates on FB. I live near the park, and I visit often in the summer. All my family, from the babies to the granny (that's me!) love it whether or not there is an event going on. If a great website will help you get the message to more people, go for it. If there is anyone who has passed up an opportunity to visit, they don't know what they're missing.

2012-02-21 22:11:39 UTC
Carissa (Staff)

I love working at Franconia Sculpture Park and being a part of an organization that provides such unique opportunities for artists, and amazing services to our community. However, on a day to day basis I notice how ineffective our website is, and it creates unnecessary barriers in our communication and outreach efforts. Help us get a new website so we can better work to provide access to the arts and vital arts programs for our community!

2012-02-21 22:22:16 UTC
William

Love the sculpture park! I don't know of any other place where a well done website would improve an entire community. Endless potential there and I look forward to see how far it can go :)

2012-02-21 22:36:30 UTC
Loretta (Staff)

I'm the office manager at Franconia, and I wish I had a nickel for every question I've had to answer over the phone that involved information that already exists on our Web site. The information's there, but people can't find it! We are not reaching folks in the community as well as we could.

We are a hard-working bunch here, a little staff that has always done alot with what we have. I guarantee that, if we are granted this Web site work, we will absolutely make the most of it. And thanks for putting this opportunity out there - it's really invaluable to small organizations.

2012-02-21 23:06:50 UTC
Bethany

Franconia Sculpture Park is one of my very favorite places in all of Minnesota. Before each trek from the Twin Cities, I check-in on the website to make my plans for the trip and am always a little disappointed with the site. I also introduce countless people to FSP each year and would love to be able to direct them to a simple and informative website. FSP does so much great programming, has a delightful park, and is a well run organization. They deserve to have a great website to help more people find them and visit this wonderful oasis.

2012-02-21 23:25:35 UTC
Smitty

Our family loves Franconia Sculpture Park! What an incredible destination and resource for our region! They deserve a web presence that accurately communicates all they offer and their creative energy!!

2012-02-22 02:24:45 UTC
Amy

Franconia is a unique gem in the Arts community. They need and deserve an easy-to-use website to reflect the outstanding work they do for not only the artist community, but also the greater Twin Cities area. Few places exist where people can be so up close and personal with art. The programming and events are unlike anything offered anywhere in the greater art world. Children, especially, are drawn to the large, accessible and interactive sculptures broadening their minds in a positive way. For all that they offer, they operate on a small budget and would greatly benefit from winning this challenge. Many more people need to know about Franconia and leveraging a top notch website is essential to spreading the word.

2012-02-22 16:39:15 UTC
Josine, Chair of FSP

When I first discovered Franconia Sculpture Park, I wasn't sure what exactly it was- some Farmer gone creative over a lot of acreage? To "good search.com" it was helpful. Since the discovery of their website, I have thrilled Family and Friends with this resource of a Park with a mission. Because of its location, travel is a part of getting to the Park. Being able to negotiate a well planned trip through the website is a powerful tool.
Besides helping several interns each year further venture into 3D Art, FSP has taught my son past his belief that Art is just for girls or that a Scientist wouldn't use much Art. He now designs solar panels and space stations for his projects. Other Youth from the Twin Cities area also are invited for excursions to the Park and given full access to create in 3D! Especially important is a website that functions well for busy teachers to register their classes to get exposure to the great outdoors and the skills and creativity that Franconia offers them. Our staff, very dedicated to promoting Art, have their hands full! I think our website is illustrative of their wonderful creativity and blogging along with the constraints of their time, although illustrative, it doesn't have the wizardry of a technical adaption for conveying and conducting business for us. Imagine getting to work with Artists to develop a powerful Web message explaining mission, events, access to the Park and how to get in there Nd be a part of it through contributions, information sharing, design Apps, etcetera!!
Wow, I'm excited and glad for this opportunity. Thank you!

2012-02-22 17:43:19 UTC
Tamsie, sculptor

Franconia Sculpture Park has done so much for so many of us. FSP supports artists through residencies, student artists through internships, at-risk youth through workshops, kids creativity through Kids Make Sculpture, and brings an international studio and exhibition space to the local community. In many ways, sculpture came to Minnesota with Franconia Sculpture Park. Franconia's website needs to help showcase more completely this amazing cultural resource and be more accessible to both artists and the public. There is a lot of great information posted, but it is hard to access and needs more vibrancy. Thanks for considering Franconia Sculpture Park for this opportunity. It will benefit so many more for years to come!

2012-02-22 19:00:14 UTC
Nick

Having been involved with Franconia since nearly its beginning, I have seen it grow from just a couple of sculptures in an old farm field to an internationally recognized crucible for young and emerging sculptors. It got there through handwork and the dedication of many to its cause. Along the way it has often had to make due with what it could scrape together, and while the results have been darn good, and Franconia has kept chugging forward, Franconia and its many fans deserve so much more. The chance to get real help designing and implementing a website to meet all the daunting challenges of showcasing the greatness of Franconia while serving up information and fun would be priceless.

2012-02-22 19:08:27 UTC
JON ISHERWOOD

THIS WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC OUTREACH DYNAMIC OF THIS SIGNIFICANT NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION..

PLEASE SUPPORT THEM

2012-02-22 19:40:48 UTC
Dorothy Goldie

Franconia reaches out to the public in a number of different ways, and the website needs to facilitate this. First, it is one of the premier working outdoor sculpture studios in the country. Artists from all over need to be able to find Franconia and learn about residencies, internships and other opportunities. Franconia draws a wide range of visitors to the sculpture park -- people who love sculpture, people who are just learning and people who are first time visitors and want to spend a few hours in a beautiful and stimulating environment. In addition, Franconia serves the public through youth education, tours, and at-risk youth outreach workshops. The website needs to serve this broad range of visitors; providing them with information about the park, special events, what they might see and how to get to its St Croix Valley location. Lastly, like most nonprofits, Franconia depends on contributed income to do its good work. The website needs to be effective in securing donations and in recognizing donors. The current website is scrappy but inadequate. A new design would greatly enhance the outreach, marketing and fundraising capacity of this special Minnesota treasure.

2012-02-22 20:25:47 UTC
John Hock, Artistic Director/CEO

Geographically, Franconia serves our local St. Croix River Valley community, our regional East
Central Minnesota community, the Twin Cities area metro community, Western Wisconsin and
greater Minnesota. Our organization nurtures artistic excellence and strives to enrich the cultural
life of our surrounding community, region and nation. Franconia integrates high-caliber artistic
work into the life of our surroundings, creating a model for bridging the distance of cultural
access between urban and rural communities. Franconia offers an easily accessible exhibition for
urban audiences interested in enjoying and learning about monumental sculpture in a nontraditional
environment, and an opportunity for rural communities to experience a range of highquality, diverse artwork without having to travel to a metro area. Franconia encourages audience
participation, appreciation and education of three-dimensional art in a charged and focused, yet
informal public setting. Our exhibition of 95 contemporary large-scale sculptures is free and
accessible to the public, from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. With a commitment to arts
education and providing accessibility to a broad audience, Franconia enhances its always
changing exhibition with educational and outreach programming which includes: weekly artistled
tours, Kids Make Sculpture Workshops, school partnerships, specific programs for at-risk
youth, our annual Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour, 3-D Symposiums, 3-D Concert
Series, the annual Fall Art & Artists Celebration, and art education projects with like minded
organizations.
Please help Franconia http://franconia.org/ continue its good work in our Community & build our capacity by supporting the construction of a new website ! Please & Thank you !

2012-02-22 20:28:11 UTC
Herman Milligan

I've been on the Advisory Board of Franconia for over five years and think its a great organization serving the needs of artists and the borader community. It is one of the most innovative art organizations promoting the works sculptors in the country with a focus on engaging youth and families as well.

2012-02-22 20:41:41 UTC
John Reinan (FSP board member)

Omigod -- this organization has SO much potential!! Franconia is fascinating on many levels: the beauty and power of the sculptures; the personal stories of the artists; the people and families and children who visit and enjoy everything the park has to offer.

A new site for Franconia would make use of all the developer's tools -- it lends itself to rich visuals, graphics and text. Video and audio could also be a huge part of the process if time and resources allow.

Ultimately, a website exists to tell a story. And Franconia has an amazing, rich, multi-layered story to tell. This is right in The Nerdery's wheelhouse. You would have a blast doing a site for Franconia -- bringing this amazing place to life on the World Wide Web.

2012-02-23 20:10:48 UTC
Anonymous

Please help the park!

2012-02-23 17:37:04 UTC
Bridget

I write the Franconia Blog which is posted on the website and on FB. An updated website would be a fantastic way for Franconia to more successfully reach visitors, artists, and the general public. I am excited at the possibility that the sculpture park would take home the 'nerdy overnight website challenge' and have the super delux web presence to match it's super delux staff, board, artist and interns in residence, park visitors and virtual supporters. I often hear that the present website is hard to navigate and needs a modern boost. It is SO important that more than just one member (one very talented member) of staff has the know how to update and revise the outdated website. All of the park's top notch staff should be able to log in, upload pictures, revise the artist pages, update events. The website HAS to match the moxie of the sculpture park. The caliber of artists that visit the website and then apply to create sculpture at the park will certainly be accelerated by website help- especially the nerdy/nerdery variety.

I am so used to Franconia and the magic it shares with visitors that I sometimes forget how special this place is- especially to the first time viewer visiting the park. If the first time web visitor shared this visceral experience through Franconia's website, this sculpture park would grow and thrive on an exponential level.

2012-02-23 20:10:58 UTC
Dr. John Persico

Great park, great art, great community service. One of my favorite places to visit. It is an inspiration that changes regularly. I live in Frederic, Wis and always look forward to my drive by each day when I go to work in the cities. I hope they can get all the marketing they need to stay viable and to let people know about the great work that is done in the park. The creativity is inspiring.

2012-02-23 20:11:13 UTC
Karl

The Franconia website does not adequately reflect their aesthetic. Both the Sculpture Garden and the wider community will benefit from increased, accurate, engaging online exposure.

2012-02-23 20:14:40 UTC
Jake

I love Franconia, but don't get up there as much as I would like. I want a site where I can experience the place when I can't get my regular fix.

Be great to see the current site blown up and something incredible to take its place. But it has to have the same brand experience as the place. The site has to drive a great experience where you get to feel the sculpture and the culture because you are so immersed in it. Looking forward to what you guys come up with!

2012-02-23 20:17:47 UTC
Guy Snover

Year after year Franconia provides unparalleled artistic opportunities for artists. I have witness others and myself evolving immensely from their residency. I know I am not alone in feeling a sense of eternal gratitude for my time spent there. FSP is more than deserving of a generous revamping of their website. They know sculpture, they know hard work, they know fun (for the whole family), but digital media has never been their strong-point. I hope they are awarded this challenge!

2012-02-23 20:24:44 UTC
Stephen

FSP is a statewide resource - definitely worthy of a great website to promote it. They do so much for art and artists, and help to demystify sculpture in an extremely healthy and fun way. Please give them an updated site - this wonderful underfunded park really needs it.

2012-02-23 20:24:50 UTC
Sam Falbo

Franconia is one of our favorite places in all of Minnesota. After moving here from Chicago 2 years ago, we make the drive from Minneapolis whenever we can. What an amazing place. Any chance for them to better communicate with everyone is only good for Minnesota. Help them get the word out. Help them bring people to the park. Help them spread the gospel of art in all of its forms. Their site needs help. A lot. An organization that celebrates the visual arts should have a web site that supports their vision. Do it. They're worth it. Alright! Yeah!

2012-02-23 20:25:07 UTC
Dionne Kabat

The Franconia Sculpture Park is a true hidden gem-although not so hidden on it's highway location! We live about 3 miles away and really enjoy going there. The mom's group I am in has taken advantage of this non-profit many times for play times. A fantastic way to get our kids out in nature and enjoying unique art all at the same time. I love that they offer music nights and have opportunities to work with artists as well. Our little corner of Minnesota is so very very fortunate to have this Art Park. Part of the fun of driving Hwy 8 is to see what new "creation" has popped up. Anything I can do to help them develop in areas that will continue to get the word out for others to visit and enjoy all that my children and I have is worth it!!! In fact I am going to share this information on the Shafer MN Facebook page and encourage other local patrons to offer their support too!

2012-02-23 20:43:44 UTC
Scott

Franconia has been very important to our family. My daughter has taken several of the classes there and has really gotten a lot out of them. We still have her sculptures in our yard. Last summer we did the hot metal pour which was also a great day. I always enjoy seeing the new sculptures while my daughter takes the classes. They are quite deserving of your efforts and support.

2012-02-23 20:50:40 UTC
Joel D Canfield, web developer

Every time we're passing through, we stop at Franconia. My family and I are nomads, traveling full time since we can work from anywhere there's web access. We can also go see anything we want, but Franconia is one of those places we won't miss.

Our 7-year-old is fascinated by the fact that this amazing collection of whimsical stuff is real art. My wife and I are amazed at the technical skills required to pull it off.

As a web developer, I'm less enthused about their website. It's difficult to navigate, a little slow, and I can only imagine the job it is to maintain it.

Even amongst non-profits, the arts are the unwanted step-child. A great website for Franconia will help change that.

2012-02-23 20:51:11 UTC
Kimberly A. Fuga

I am a Michigan resident and was on my way to Lumberjack Days in Stillwater and drove by the art park and asked the MN resident I was with if he had ever stopped there and he said no. We stopped and spent most of the day and early evening there. I have the most awesome pictures from there - and I look at them often and read every email I now get from the Franconia Sculpture Park. The website surely needs updated - I enjoy looking at the new projects and love the memories of having spent the time that I did there. So consider this my written support you need to update your website. I don't see an opportunity to help fund your doing same but I would be willing to be a contributor to make sure the park and it's website/email stay open. You can bet that if I ever make it back to that area of Minnesota I surely would spend another day enjoying the beauty of the park.

The best of luck - and keep up the beauty.

2012-02-23 21:01:40 UTC
Su-Chen Hung

As an artist I've done two projects there. I had wonderful experience working there with the director, interns and the stuff.Franconia Sculpture Park deserves a good website to reach more people.

2012-02-23 21:21:48 UTC
Jose E. Rodriguez; NYC, NY

Franconia Sculpture Park is a very engaging place with a unique set of Staff, Artists, and Audience. Each one of them values Franconia in a different way, but they do share one point of view: it is an incredibly dynamic place where people from all walks of life can come and learn from each other using art as a catalyst. The artistic Direction is both demanding and open-minded, emphasizing both artistic rigor and community engagement.

And yes ... they do need a new website. So fellow nerds please throw in some Ajax/PHP goodness along with some refined CSS stylings! Let's make it easy to update, and fit it for community networking and everything else that we take for granted now on the web.

2012-02-23 21:24:04 UTC
Anonymous

they all work 24 hours all year to bring cheer and facilitate a spectacularly unique art park! They deserve it!

2012-02-23 21:28:37 UTC
Chelsea

Franconia Sculpture Park is an extraordinary place! I've spent time there an an intern, artist and especially as a passer by. The entire staff has really made this a family friendly place and an opportunity for visitors to see art, feel art, and experience art in new amazing ways. They continue to grow as more an more artists are creating sculptures at the park. Having a new website could really give them that extra oomph! FSP, I'll be seeing you soon!

2012-02-23 22:00:24 UTC
Alexandros Lindsay

When you are looking for GREAT ART don't search for dinosaurs in museums and ungraspable theoretical hoopla when you can find awesome work at FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK!

Meet the artists. See the work. Change the community.
It's the ultimate reality show.

Down with stuffy white cubes hurray to Franconia!

2012-02-23 22:07:49 UTC
Bill McKinney

I always tell people that Franconia is to the Walker Sculpture Garden what Dinkytown is to The Mall of America. It's simply more cool, real, fun, hip, energetic, and alive. To me the reason you should pick Franconia is the pure challenge of creating a website that adequately encompasses the pure zany goodness of the place. It's like telling a black and white photographer to document Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. What would any web developer want to spend their volunteer time on more than a truly monumental test of their creativity and capability? I dare you to take the challenge!

2012-02-23 22:23:01 UTC
Elana Mann

I was an intern artist fellow at Franconia in 2003 and count my fellowship as one of the most valuable experiences I had as a young artist. I was able to interact with local and international artists, participate in workshops for homeless teens, gain mentoring from resident artists and build my own public sculpture! The experience helped nurture me and many other intern artist fellows that come through the park each year from the twin cities and all over the world. For the size and scale of Franconia it is absolutely amazing how broad its reach is. While I was there, artists came from across the United States as well as England, and South America. A new website would help the park not only connect with members of its immediate community, but also with a global art community. The new website would really be able to communicate what a special and unique space Franconia is.

2012-02-23 22:32:02 UTC
kathy

Love the park, love that I can roam free of charge amongst the ever changing artwork. I enjoy the hot metal pours and the whole feel of this special place. One of a kind.

2012-02-23 23:42:51 UTC
Meg Kosowski

Franconia has been the Wonderland to my inner Alice for years. It is the backdrop to some very fond memories and events. There is something magical about the visionary creation that occurs there. It's a fair jaunt outside the Twin Cities, so not as many people know of it as should. A website that matches the energy and allure of Franconia will be a service to many who will be thankful they visited the site, and of course, the park.

2012-02-23 23:47:11 UTC
Anonymous

We stumbled on FSP on a visit to Minnesota. My mom in law had lived there almost her whole life and never saw it before. More people need to know about this place!

2012-02-24 00:21:17 UTC
Julie Meyer

Franconia Sculpture Park is fantastic and deserving of a website makeover. A website that does this park justice will bring in more curious people and other folks who may not otherwise think to visit based on a cursory view of their current site. The site now does't do it's awesomeness justice. Please pick them!

2012-02-24 00:29:21 UTC
Diane Mullin (FSP Board member)

Franconia is such an important part of the extended Twin Cities and MN art scene. It is innovative and does what this region does best--launches new talent through a unique blend of challenge and nurture. Having a better, more user-friendly web site would open a number of doors and new avenues of access for the organization, and knowing FSP an open door can lead to so many great things. Please support this great art space!

2012-02-24 00:44:43 UTC
Cole

YES! YES! YES! Franconia is a treasure and one of my favorite places on earth! A cool website for a REALLY cool place would be fitting!

2012-02-24 02:05:02 UTC
Jessica H

Franconia Sculpture Park changed my life. I was an intern in '98 and '99 before becoming the education coordinator '00-'02. It was at FSP that I discovered my passion for arts education. Over the course of 5 years I watched artists and interns find their voice and explore their passions. I interacted with visitors who were both delighted and challenged by cutting-edge sculpture. There is nowhere in the world like FSP. It's imperative that the website reflect the exemplary nature of this organization. The public deserves to know about this amazing resource!

2012-02-24 13:45:53 UTC
dougie padilla

franconia sculpture park is simply the best and most amazing of its kind in the united states. it deserves the attention and care of the best nerdery around.

2012-02-24 14:06:24 UTC
Anonymous

If you were in the market for a large scale sculpture would you hire an artist with no experience? No, probably not. That is why it seems that every city in the country has a Claes Oldenburg or a Mark di Suvero or a ____ (fill in the blank).

That is where Franconia comes in and what makes Franconia so special. I love the experimentation and the risk they take with artists. Pushing the artists into a new realm...giving them tools and equipment...offering the space, time, expertise.

Oh, the space. The landscape. It is all part of what makes Franconia Sculpture Park so special and so deserving of investment, like a new website! (Plus, the designers would have tons of fun on this project!)

2012-02-24 14:40:52 UTC
Chris Larson

Franconia sculpture park is an incredible asset to the Minnesota art scene. Hundreds of local, national and international artist have produced work for the park over the past 12 years. People from all around the world check out Franconia online and a fresh new web presence is much needed for this valuable institution. Please support this important project.

2012-02-24 16:40:29 UTC
Anonymous

Site needs a major overhaul to create a new online home for them and offer an online community for volunteers, patrons and people interested in the park.

2012-02-24 20:19:24 UTC
Katie

There is nothing else like Franconia Sculpture Park and a new website would help spread the word and share their amazing work with a larger portion of the arts community. Their artist opportunities, public offerings, educational programs are excellent and perhaps go under-noticed due to a lack of consistent web-presence. Please give this opportunity to Franconia and support this necessary next step for them. We love Franconia Sculpture Park!!!

2012-02-24 20:29:03 UTC
Debra deNoyelles

Franconia is part of the engine that drives the cultural vitality of Minnesota. The hardworking staff deserves the help, but more importantly, the public deserves this project. We use the website and we deserve a better interface for this great arts organization. Please make sure this great place has an equally great website.

2012-02-24 20:34:18 UTC
Ben Heywood

Franconia Sculpture Park is one of jewels of the Minnesota arts scene; a unique art and community project that talks the talk and walks the walk. A website rebuild would really help this organization reach the enhanced local, national and international audiences it deserves.

2012-02-24 21:05:03 UTC
Anne G.

The Franconia Sculpture Park has evolved into a cultural and artistic treasure that not only promotes an art form that Americans under-appreciate but also ensures that new generations of artists - from around the world - receive outstanding educational and creative experiences. The Park deserves a Web site that supports and enhances the phenomenal efforts of the organization. Providing the Park a new Web site is an investment beyond Franconia - it is truly an investment in the future of this art form. I'm proud to play a small part by writing this testimonial and I guarantee that teams from The Nerdy would feel the same sense of pride and satisfaction if the Park is chosen as a beneficiary of the Overnight Website Challenge.

2012-02-24 22:05:07 UTC
Felicia Glidden

Franconia is an amazing place! I worked as the Education and Outreach Coordinator in 2008/09 and I know how much work the small but talented staff do to keep the place vibrant and open to the public and artists. The committed staff could use the help of a new website both for fundraising and better reflecting the amazing place it is. An updated website could better portray the talent, commitment, tenacity, creativity, discipline, education and outreach programs and experimentation that makes the place so fantastic. I love Franconia Sculpture Park! The world is a better place because of it!

2012-02-24 23:31:05 UTC
john

great art....painful website.....please rescue my favorite sculpture park and make it's website as great as it's realtime site.

2012-02-25 00:37:32 UTC
Wm Malo

Franconia is blooming as an authentic, sustainful resource for young artists in Minnesota, but the web presence remains dormant - great things will happen at Franconia, and more people should know.

2012-02-25 00:39:29 UTC
Jean Pitman

FSP truly deserves a new website! It does so much- so much that requires great design, visuals, etc. in order to access it all simply. Its not that different from any art center or museum- its better than one in lots or respects and serves LOTS more people than many museums or art centers do...FSP definitely needs a better functioning website.

2012-02-25 02:34:31 UTC
Anonymous

We love the sculpture park. We go there quite often and my kids love running around and seeing all the things. I hope that more people come and enjoy this wonderful place!

2012-02-25 04:25:28 UTC
Anonymous

It would be wonderful for Franconia to have website that better matched that fabulousness that is the sculpture park..

2012-02-25 05:33:26 UTC
Royden Mills

My life in sculpture has taken me all over the world, siting work, giving lectures, visiting art schools, and I would say that Franconia would rank as the most ideal graduate school for Sculpture students that I have ever seen, and it is not even a school. I have taught at the University of Alberta over a period of 23 years and have sent students and former students to have the "Franconia experience" with the greatest faith that John Hock and the circumstances there would sharpen them and make them more able to improve our world. The students all have had remarkable experiences at Franconia. They had life changing experiences that allowed them to see their studio practice in relation to other bright young people while mixing with established brilliant international leaders in sculpture. They learn strengths and weaknesses and leave with their self-confidence stronger than when they began. They leave Franconia Sculpture Park grounded and more at peace with the need to always be searching for ways to improve. They become more aware of ways to describe what matters to them about being alive in the world via a wider range of approaches.

I have the highest professional regard for this great American Institution! All cities should be so fortunate as to have this kind of vibrant and stimulating place for considering the pertinence of contemporary sculpture. It is my honour to recommend this world renown cultural jewel to anyone who ever asks me where to go and challenge themselves for the betterment of their studio lives.

2012-02-25 14:02:22 UTC
Anonymous

We live near Franconia and we love to go there and check out all the sculptures. My son loves to run, climb and go through all the art work. An updated website would be a great help in being able to plan on participating in some of the great events that happen.

2012-02-26 11:11:44 UTC
Connie DeMillo

My husband and I recently attended the iron pour. It was so nice to spend time outside in the winter enjoying the sculptures, standing around the fire, and watching molten lead being poured. The Nerdery and Franconia Sculpture Park are a match made in heaven. ArtNerds Unite!

2012-02-25 18:40:06 UTC
Jenny Lewis

I love Franconia!! So many of my favorite memories with family and friends come from this place. A website overhaul would be great to help generate more interest and awareness in regards to all the things the park has to offer. :)

2012-02-25 23:31:09 UTC
Evelyn Holderman

Our family LOVES the Franconia Sculpture Park! With a family of art lovers, this park has EVERYTHING! But somebody bring on the web pros!

2012-02-26 02:42:39 UTC
Melanie VanHouten

I have been a friend of FSP for over a decade..yikes! I was honored to be selected as a Jerome Fellowship artist in 2007 and now live in another state, and am currently building a sculpture park of my own...inspired by all my positive, creative experiences at FRANCONIA!! I use the site regularly and understand how important it is to create an online persona that truly represents all that FSP has to offer the community and the artists who come there to work on site from across the globe. Currently, the site merely exists... it is informational and has some images and links... but it does not nearly capture or convey the magic and creative energy that is felt while working in or visiting the park in person. I would love to see that palpable spirit transformed into an innovative website; one that truly represents the kind of place that Franconia is. It is a place of inspiration and innovation, a place that has engaged the community and empowered artists of all ages and experience to dream big, surpass their desires and create artwork that is breathtaking and truly significant to the human experience. I would not be where I am today, as a person, an artist or community leader without having spent so much of my life at FSP. Franconia Sculpture Park changes people's lives and they have been working for years to earn this opportunity. I <3 FSP for Life!!!

2012-02-26 03:38:25 UTC
Bobby Zo

Hard act to Follow

2012-02-26 17:48:21 UTC
nikki

love the sculpture park; and want to support it's pursuit in a new website.

2012-02-26 19:47:33 UTC
Shannon

Franconia Sculpture Park is a slice of magic on earth. My kids love making art there, as do we and just walking throughout the sculpture park and never want to leave even after 8 hours or so! There is no place that shares it's uniqueness and it is it's own oasis in Minnesota. Our dog even has had fun here looking enormous parascopes and climbing a half cut baseball style sculpture in the dirt. It's inspirational to those who are artists and those who are not. If you are narrow minded you must go here to expand that tunnel vision.. and have fun walking through the underground tunnel. HEHE! Love Franconia! lots of heart and art!

2012-02-26 19:47:48 UTC
Anonymous

The Sculpture is the neatest place in the Twin Cites that nobody knows about.

A interactive kid friendly web site would be great! Its presence needs to be known in the area.

2012-02-26 20:21:39 UTC
Aaron Dysart

I still remember my parents telling me about this place well over a decade ago. I thought it would be muffler men in a corn field, I finally visited and was floored. In 07 I had the honor of getting a Jerome Fellowship to make work there. This transformed my work, and my life. Franconia is about production, experimentation, and inclusion. Artists interact with everyone and the level of positive energy is insane. They recently expanded a toe hold in Minneapolis with Franconia in the City, though sadly this fact is hard to find on their antiquated site...

Frankly their website is horrible. It has become overstuffed with all the love that Franconia has to offer. It is confusing, and a disservice to the greatness that is this park.

I can't count the number of times I heard "I had no idea this was up here" during my stay at the park. While it is quaint to say Franconia Sculpture Park is Minnesota's best kept secret, This place needs a site to turn it into Minnesota's most treasured gem.

2012-02-27 01:20:49 UTC
Liz

I love Franconia. I travel a lot and everywhere I go I try to share my interest in this place. I show friends and family the website and their reaction doesn't match my excitement, simply because the website doesn't fully represent the park and everything that happens there.

2012-02-27 03:45:31 UTC
Anonymous

Franconia Rocks.. Rules and makes others drool!! #1 choice for a Nerdy Web page upgrade!!

2012-02-27 14:43:34 UTC
Veronica Glidden

Franconia Sculpture Park is free and open 365 days a year. They deserve and need a new site.
The park gives and gives and gives. To the artists, to the public, to the children. There is so much happening at the Park and at the new satellite area in NE MPLS. and access to information is key. Keep this Minnesota treasure rolling forward. I love Franconia!!!!

2012-02-27 16:20:43 UTC
Clara

I had the most amazing time at FSP as an intern artist last summer. I think FSP has an unique surrounding and a distinctive program that only FSP can bring out. New website will bring a better glimpse to the excitement and adventure that I experienced at FSP for more artists and visitors who do not know about FSP.

2012-02-28 13:14:33 UTC
Mary Jane

Franconia Sculpture Park is nothing short of amazing. There isn't a better place on earth for artists to work in a community setting to advance their careers, make connections with other artists from around the world and connect with the local community by sharing their work in progress, showing in the park, community art & music programs. Free and open to the public... A new website would be really exciting. It couldn't happen for a nicer group of hard working creative professionals anywhere. Casting my vote for FRANCONIA!! Good Luck :-)

2012-02-27 23:30:59 UTC
KATE CLARK

Franconia Sculpture Park has given so much to the artists and community members that have been fortunate enough to experience the magical place that it is. Just imagine how many more artists and art appreciators FSP could affect and inspire given a website that effectively communicates the amazing place that it is.

2012-02-28 01:33:59 UTC
Mary M.

Franconia Sculpture Park is a much-underappreciated treasure, and a new website would help get the word out! Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, it is a place that I stop whenever I can. I've even been known to stop at dawn on a cold, icy March morning to walk its paths and see what is new (and old)! Their special events are terrific--an great place to appreciate sculpture and for artists and art lovers to gather.

2012-02-28 02:17:00 UTC
Theresa Smith

Franconia Sculpture Park has inspired, transformed, uplifted and engaged people of all ages and walks of life since their beginning. It's impossible to put into words the impact Franconia has had on people from curious passing motorists to artists from across the country and the globe, to school children on a field trip, and inner-city youth programs. The opportunity Franconia gives artists is incredible and exceptional, as I've had the privilege to experience. The current web site does not fully match who and what FSP is now. What they have, created by the hard working and dedicated staff, is great. BUT it's time for a readable, navigationable, clear site that truly reflects FSP and what is going on.

2012-02-28 21:51:58 UTC
Tim

Franconia Sculpture Park is a totally amazing place that provides a wide range of great experiences for anyone who lives, works, or visits there. However, these experiences can only happen if people are aware of all the great opportunities the park offers. With the internet being modern times largest most available source of information, it seems only natural that a wonderful place such as Franconia Sculpture Park would have a well designed website that makes information about the park and everything going on there available to as many people as possible. The current website is not up to such a task, and so this is a great chance to promote a lot of good things being done and getting that information available to people. Please help the park with this part of the ever growing endeavour.

2012-03-02 04:16:46 UTC
Lisa

Franconia is amazing and deserves a website to match its amazingness. It supports both local and international artists, emerging and established and provides education and activities to the local community. It deserves a website which will enable it to keep developing and reaching more people, locally and internationally.

2012-03-02 18:54:52 UTC
Jes McCoy (2011 Intern at FSP)

FSP is one of the most unique and inspiring places not only to visit but to work, create and play. FSP has a bright future ahead of it and deserve a helping hand to get it on it's way. A new website will bring FSP up to date and allow it to pave the way for the future of contemporary sculpture.

2012-03-02 21:46:14 UTC
Richy

I would recommend this place to annyoe, it's amazing. Whether you're interested in sculpture / art or not it's a beautiful place to visit for a lovely day out. Excellent value at only a34 for the car park. Lovely cafes with gorgeous food. A great full day out, can walk for miles or just round the main sculptures. Also a few indoor galleries if the weather turns bad.

2012-03-05 04:42:01 UTC
Chris Park

Franconia Sculpture Park is an amazing place that I had the pleasure of interning at 4 years ago. It completely changed my life. Please give them a new website!

Our Mission

Franconia Sculpture Park works with the mission, "To foster an inspiring environment for artists to expand their skills and promote the public education of three-dimensional art."