New art competition seeks proposals for Convention Center plaza

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC), Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association, and the City of Minneapolis announce a new annual, $50,000 competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install a temporary, interactive, site-specific, eco-focused portal to the City of Minneapolis on the Plaza of the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) beginning summer 2013. The Plaza is a green roof that is located directly across from the MCC on Second Avenue South.

Minneapolis is a city infused with creative energy. From internationally recognized theatre and world-class museums and music venues to community art projects that transform neighborhoods, the arts are a critical element of what makes Minneapolis, City by Nature, a destination of choice for convention goers and leisure travelers, alike.                                         

The MCC is a site of convergence for visitors to Minneapolis from around the country and the world, as well as being a part of the local neighborhood, and Minneapolis’ downtown.

The Creative City Challenge will take place in several steps. In early December 2012, initial proposals will be posted on the MCC website for public voting. The top five feasible proposals will be provided a $1,500 honorariumto create full proposals. There will be a public presentation of the finalist’s proposals at the University of Minnesota (date is to be determined). A jury of nationally and locally prominent architects and designers will review the five and the winning entry will be selected and installed on the Plaza beginning June 7, 2013, for the duration of the summer. 

Initial responses to the Creative City Challenge at the Minneapolis Convention Center are due by 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The prize for the final selected project is $50,000, inclusive of all artist fees, installation and deinstallation costs.

Minneapolis city partners for the Creative City Challenge include the office of Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis City Council and the city coordinator’s office.

Additional information is online at, where a complete request for proposal can be downloaded. Specific questions can be directed to [email protected]. Registration to participate in the competition is here:

Published Nov 2, 2012



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