ZOMG! CATS!!1!!1

In the summer of 2012, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis had an idea for a program that would bring online communities together in real life. Part of a slate of innovative public programs called Open Field, they staged the first Internet Cat Video Festival on the lawn next to the museum. It was a smashing success, over 10,000 people attended and the screening gained international media attention. Since then, the phenomenon has grown into a world tour, which includes a stop at ArtPrize 2013!

Here's a video about the original event last summer:

Walker Art Center's The Internet Cat Video Festival at ArtPrize will take place on Friday, September 27 at Rosa Parks Circle. It's free, arrive at 7:30, show starts at 8:00. Scott Stulen, Project Director at the Walker will be on hand to host the event.

The ArtPrize version of The Internet Cat Video Festival will have a twist, and it involves YOU. We want your cat videos to be part of the show. We're asking the ArtPrize community to submit and vote on which video will win the People's Choice Award.

Here's how it works:

  1. Now through August 8 e-mail a link to the YouTube or Vimeo page of YOUR cutest, funniest, or most profound cat video to kevin@artprize.org, with the subject line "CATS!" Along with the link, indicate your relationship to ArtPrize (artist, volunteer, member, voter, fan, attendee, etc). IMPORTANT NOTE: this must be a link to your own video, meaning that you created it and uploaded it. We're not looking for a link to your favorite video made by someone else.
  2. On August 12 we'll publish a post on this blog containing the cat video finalists. You'll be able to watch the videos and vote for your favorite through September 6.
  3. Show up to The Internet Cat Video Festival at ArtPrize on September 27 to see Walker's collection of videos as well as the People's Choice submitted by and voted on by the ArtPrize community!

The Internet Cat Video Video Festival is made possible by Clark Hill PLC. Clark Hill PLC is an entrepreneurial, full-service law firm serving clients in all areas of business legal services, government and public affairs, and personal legal services.

By Kevin Buist on