The Bohemian Flats were home to many waves of immigrants from 1860 to 1930. It was a small community with 500 homes, described by some as 'quaint' and others as a 'shantytown.' There are accounts of Christian missionaries in the 1900s that were afraid to go to the flats because of stories of drunken brawls. Others often described it as a 'little European Village.' There were some years when it was difficult to find a home to buy because so many people wanted to live there.

The homes were made of wood, the fences dedicatedly whitewashed, the children well-fed and well cared for. By most standards, this community was thriving. Then why was it a sign of success when the residents moved 'up the hill into the bluffs above?' Why are some former residents proud of living on the flats and why are some embarrassed to admit their family's first neighborhood? Why was this community a first-stop for some and a home-sweet-home for others. Although it has been called many other things like Danish Flats, Brewery Flats and Slovak Flats, why would the Minneapolis Park Board pick the word 'bohemian' to be associated with this area and this history? What is the allure of the dual meaning and is it intentional?  

For our one-day festival, we are seeking art and artists who explore the meaning and experiences that all immigrants have when they come to America , specifically Minnesota . Themes are sense of loss, transitions and journeys, loss of culture, assertion of culture, diversity, cultural misconceptions, language barriers, cultural celebrations and traditions, alienation, bureaucracy, loss of personal power, economic success, 2nd and 3rd generation immigrant family's relationship to their homeland, cultural heritage, loss of heritage, or specific immigrant groups' influence on American culture.  

Please email your submissions to Gera Pobuda with a short bio and artist statement.    

Your art will be shown in a vinyl 20x20 tent with other artists work to an audience of approximately 500 people interested in immigration history and art that interprets this history. Your name will be displayed and patrons will have an opportunity to contact you privately regarding the sale of your art. Bohemian Flats Day assumes no responsibility for your art and will no collect a portion of your sales. We welcome and want to provide a space for other artists that are using art to interpret the American Immigrant experience and the experiences associated with it.

Volunteers are always needed! We have jobs large and small.

For the interested armchair or professional historian, we have research jobs. For the happy-to-help types we have greeter jobs, set up and take down jobs, hot dog grillers, sign hangers, table washers, and musician and dancer helpers.

We appreciate our volunteers. We always have fun down on the river with the history, art and music!