Drawing on Minneapolis art exhibition opening on West Bank and in storefronts on Central Avenue

As part of the Creative CityMaking partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis, local artists have teamed up with City planners to collaborate on key planning projects around town. One of the projects, Drawing on Minneapolis, featuring the work of 11 young artists, will launch Wednesday, Oct. 16 around the West Bank and in storefronts along Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis.

This past summer, these 11 artists worked with City Planner Joe Bernard, artist Witt Siasoco, and print maker Mischa Kegan on an arts-focused workshop about Minneapolis history and urban planning.   Throughout the class, the students participated in a mix of lectures, walking tours, and museum visits. As a culmination of their project, students produced a series of screenprints that will be exhibited in storefront windows along Central Avenue.

In addition to the Central Avenue exhibition, the Brian Coyle Center will showcase the artworks.  Each exhibition will have an exhibition opening - The Central Avenue Exhibition on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the East Side Food Co-op followed by a walking tour, and the Brian Coyle Center Exhibition on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Both exhibits will be up through Nov. 17, 2013.

About Creative CityMaking

Creative CityMaking is a partnership of Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis that fosters collaborations between local artists and City planners to develop fresh and innovative approaches for addressing the long-term transportation, land use, economic, environmental, and social issues facing Minneapolis.

In 2013, Creative CityMaking embedded seven artists in the Long Range Planning Division of the City’s Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED).  These artists have been selected and paired up with five planning projects. The partnership of artists and planners is intended to forge, enhance, or develop new strategies for working through the creative processes inherent in visionary planing and city making. It is intended to engage artists in critical thinking and art making around City and urban issues and to increase artists’ and planners’ ability to facilitate community interaction and work collaborativley with the public to foster positive change in the quality and trajectory of social discourse about the city’s urban future.  Their collaborative work will be showcased throughout the year at citywide community events, culminating in a public exhibition and forum at Intermedia Arts on Nov. 22-23, 2013.

Creative CityMaking is one of three Minneapolis initiatives funded in 2012 by ArtPlace America totaling $1.5 million dollars.  The projects are designed to increase livability, vibrancy and economic development in communities throughout the city. Intermedia Arts was awarded a grant in the amount of $325,000 for Creative CityMaking, and those grant funds augment and enhance the City’s funding for these projects.  It does not replace City funding, and the use of the ArtPlace funds does not take away from the City’s tax base or funding sources.

The goals of Creative CityMaking are:

Creative CityMaking is examining the ways in which artist/planner collaborations can contribute to placemaking, vibrancy, and community change.

Published Oct. 10, 2013