Gov. Dayton gives Caponi Art Park its day

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Anthony Caponi

Photo by Leif Hagen of Eagan Daily Photo.

On May 7, Anthony Caponi, the founder and artistic director of Caponi Art Park, turns 90. In honor of that event, Governor Mark Dayton has declared May 7 “Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Day.”

The art park, if you’re not familiar with it, is a 60 acre wooded area that includes located a 20 acre sculpture garden, an outdoor amphitheater and miles of walking paths. The park regularly hosts free concerts and performances, and hosts “Family Fun” days where families can try out a variety of art forms and learn about different cultures. The park is open free to the public Tuesday through Sunday from May through October. For more information, check out this story by MPR’s Chris Roberts.

Here’s the language of the proclamation (I always get a kick out of these):

WHEREAS: Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, located in Eagan, Minnesota, is a nonprofit center for the arts and a place where visual and performing arts are presented and fostered in a natural setting; and

WHEREAS: Caponi Art Park and Learning Center was founded by former Macalester College Art Department head Mr. Anthony Caponi, an Italian sculptor, educator, poet, author, philosopher, innovator and engineer who has lived in Minnesota for over 55 years and made significant contributions to Minnesota’s vibrant art community; and

WHEREAS: On May 7, 2011, the day of founder Mr. Caponi’s 90th birthday, Caponi Art Park and Learning Center will celebrate the achievements of the Art Park, its founder, and create public awareness of the arts.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2011 as:

CAPONI ART PARK AND LEARNING CENTER DAY

in the State of Minnesota.

The public is invited to celebrate this honor and the 90th birthday of park founder, Anthony Caponi, at the park’s annual Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The park is located at 1220 Diffley Road.

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