$1 million grant at work to develop vibrant, urban places in Minneapolis

City leaders and local artists today celebrated the work underway thanks to more than $1 million in grant monies awarded by ArtPlace America. The grant supports three projects designed to increase livability, vibrancy and economic development in communities throughout the city of Minneapolis. Organizations that received funding are Pillsbury House + Theatre; Native American Community Development Institute; and Intermedia Arts, collaborating with the City of Minneapolis.

The projects

The mural on the northside of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center  is one of 20 projects funded and managed by Pillsbury House + Theatre. The mural design, by Andrew Broder, combines elements of the building’s movie theater history with a nod to the fiery work being produced inside the studio. It incorporates sculptural metal pieces and interactive LED elements fabricated by youth currently incarcerated at the Hennepin County Home School (HCHS). The development of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center spurred economic development on the corner of 38th and Chicago Avenue South. The City has invested $960,000 at this intersection in support of small businesses. Support includes façade improvement, financing and business district grants.

An ArtPlace grant of $250,000 supports the “Arts on Chicago” initiative, developed by Pillsbury House + Theatre, implementing art projects that knit together the existing creative assets in the community and using the process to build a framework for ongoing support of a vibrant arts district.  The project is in partnership with the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Upstream Arts, Council Member Elizabeth Glidden’s office (Ward 8), Minneapolis College of Art and Design Professor Natasha Pestich (recipient of the 2012-2013 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Arts) as well as neighbors, businesses and community members. The goal is to unleash the creativity that already exists in the community in order to improve the quality of life and strengthen the assets that bind together one of the state’s most diverse and exciting neighborhoods.

Arts on Chicago projects depend on participation from the community on the Chicago Avenue corridor. Individual components of the projects utilize a variety of audience engagement tactics, including networking events, open participation in art-making as well as online and one-on-one interaction. More information is available at www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org/arts-on-chicago.

The Native American Community Development Institute is the recipient of a $435,000 grant to create the Anpetu Was’te Cultural Arts Market. Monies will be used to construct an active pedestrian plaza and seating on Franklin Avenue at the LRT station; connect Ventura Village and Seward neighborhoods; create spaces for vendors, food trucks and performances while providing new entrepreneurial opportunities in the community; create a gateway to the American Indian Cultural Corridor; commission four public art works to be displayed on the plaza. A community design workshop for the project will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 8 a.m. at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 E. Franklin Avenue Minneapolis. The meeting will help to identify the vision of the community for the project, and it will be open to the public.

The City of Minneapolis and Intermedia Arts received a $325,000 grant for their project, Creative Citymaking, calling upon artists and City planners to develop fresh and innovative approaches for addressing the transportation, economic, environmental and social issues facing Minneapolis. The projects build on the international work of Ann Markuson, Charles Landry and public artist Candy Chang, centering on the impact of people-oriented planning and the role of the arts and the creative process on developing vibrant, urban places. Artists and planning areas will be selected early in 2013, and community engagement opportunities will be announced at that time.


Published Nov 13, 2012



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