What is Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In?
Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In is a 22-day intensive experience at the Minnesota State Fair for youth who have completed grades 9+ that provides the opportunity to explore new skills, advance existing skills and learn to work toward one common goal.
The 2023 State Arts-In experience includes:
- A deeper dive into one of 4 areas: technical theater, band, performing or costuming.
- Experience learning from experts in the theater arts.
- A better understanding of self along with learning about leadership, teamwork and goal-setting.
- Providing leadership and support to other 4-H events during the Minnesota State Fair, including Harkenss and Erickson stage events, the daily parade and more.
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State Arts-In prep week: Aug. 10-17
Everyone who participates in State Arts-In must be present this entire week.
- Check-in: Thursday, Aug. 10, 12:30-1:15 p.m. Optional parent meeting at 1 p.m.
- Start time: Thursday, Aug. 10, 1:30 p.m. Participants stay onsite the entire prep week.
- SAI preview: Thursday, Aug. 17, 12:30 p.m. Parents, family and friends are invited to a program that includes staff/participant introductions and the first performance of our show.
- End time: Thursday, Aug. 17, 2:30 p.m.
State Arts-In at the Minnesota State Fair: Aug. 22-Sept. 4
All participants must be present for the duration of the fair. No conflicts will be accepted for Aug. 22-23. Any conflicts for Aug. 24 - Sept. 4 must be noted at the time of registering for State Arts-In, may be school or 4-H related only, and will be taken into consideration when assigning majors.
- Check-in: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
- Start time: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1:30 p.m.
- End time: Monday, Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m.
Location and transportation
State Arts-In is held at the 4-H Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, located at Snelling and Commonwealth Ave. in St. Paul. Lodging and meals will be on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.