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Public Art Saint Paul's Artist Aaron Dysart Brings Dance Hall To-go Party To Seniors

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One of the greatest things that art can do is to make local places feel activated again, transforming our everyday existence into a magical celebration.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - s4story -- Over the past year, we have all faced layers of trauma and the stress of social isolation. These difficulties have been especially felt within our city's senior care facilities that had to restrict visits by family and friends due to COVID-19. Facility staff worked hard to keep their residents safe and to keep their lives as vibrant as possible. Now, as the pandemic loosens its grip, Public Art Saint Paul wants to bring JOY to our seniors through a spectacle of light and music.

City Artist, Aaron Dysart developed a new project to bring joy to seniors —Dance Hall To-Go!  Artist Dysart explained, "I have used disco balls in several of my past art projects that I created as an independent artist. Now, I am bringing this joyful object to seniors in St. Paul. With a rig to hold a disco ball and lights in the back of my pickup truck, I am going on the road with Dance Hall To Go!"

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This traveling light show only needs song requests from the seniors, and then the party can roll up at sunset with lights dancing and music pumping! The mobile dance hall turns the buildings and surrounding neighborhood into a dazzling display.

Over the summer, PASP  will continue to schedule more St. Paul senior facilities for fall, when the glimmering lights will swirl on the changing leaves. For those who cannot go to the party, Dance Hall To-Go! brings the party to them with music and dancing lights offering much needed joy.

Please contact me at aaron.dysart@ci.stpaul.mn.us if you want to schedule a Dance Hall visit to a St. Paul senior care facility.)


About Public Art Saint Paul  (publicartstpaul.org)

Public Art Saint Paul PASP places artists in leading roles to shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen community engagement. Since 1987, PASP has become an inextricable part of the St. Paul landscapes with projects found in parks, boulevards, sidewalks, lampposts, stop signs, bridges, and more.

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