Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
The office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy leverages the creative sector towards social and economic growth in the city of Minneapolis. The office is responsible for the development of the City’s arts and cultural planning and policies, creative economy research, creative workforce support, cross-sector collaborations and the integration of arts-based strategies in City departments.
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The City of Minneapolis is accepting partnership applications for Our Town, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative placemaking grant program.
Our Town applications require two primary partners; a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. Each local government -- whether applying as the lead applicant or as the primary partner with a nonprofit organization -- is limited to two (2) applications. Based on the NEA guidelines, the City of Minneapolis will select up to two (2) projects to apply for/partner with.
City of Minneapolis deadline for partnership applications: July 12, 2019
City of Minneapolis partnership application instructions (PDF)
The City of Minneapolis will host optional information sessions on the following days:
June 20, 3-4 p.m., Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, 2324 University Ave. W., Suite 114, St. Paul, 55114
June 26, 3-4 p.m., Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, 250 Third Avenue North, 4th Floor, Minneapolis, 55401
RSVP for the information sessions to [email protected].
Also, the NEA will host a webinar: Tips for a Successful Our Town application on June 24. Link to NEA webinar registration.
Creative CityMaking Minneapolis - arts strategies in City departments
Since 2013 Creative CityMaking has partnered staff in City of Minneapolis departments with experienced community artists to advance the City's goal of eliminating economic and racial disparities. The One Minneapolis goal focuses on ensuring that all residents can participate and prosper.
Learn more about Creative CityMaking at the following links:
The Minneapolis Creative Index - creative economy research
The Minneapolis Creative Index is a biannual report that examines the scale and impact of Minneapolis’ creative sector. The report reliably tracks economic and demographic data and investigates issues related to the city’s creative economy.
Creative City Road Map - arts and cultural planning and policies
The Creative City Road Map is a 10-year strategic plan for Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. The Creative City Road Map is designed to guide the entire community.
Creative City Challenge – temporary public art/creative placemaking
The Creative City Challenge is conceived as a showcase for local creative talent, Minneapolis community identities and a tangible symbol of the complex stories that make up the many narratives within our urban landscape.
The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds. The challenge: create and install a temporary, destination artwork that acts as a sociable and participatory platform for two months of onsite programming and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city and its rich cultural and natural offerings.
Past competition winners were: Carry-on Homes in 2018, Orbacles in 2017, Wolf and Moose in 2016, mini_polis in 2015, Balancing Ground in 2014 and the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) in 2013.
Last updated Jun 12, 2019