Three finalists selected for Creative City Challenge 2019

Three finalists have been selected for the seventh annual Creative City Challenge, a showcase for local creative talent and a tangible symbol of the complex stories that make up the many narratives within our urban landscape. The theme for the 2019 challenge is “We Are Here.”

Artist organizers Candida Gonzalez and MaryAnne Quiroz would transform The Commons into a Radical Playground. Participants would be invited to heal through play with a summer of programming around whimsical interactive animal sculptures inspired by dream creatures from the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the indigenous cultures of Minnesota.

For On This Spot, a team of visual artists, fabricators and filmmaker Daniel Bergin, led by Molly Van Avery and Mike Hoyt, would create four multimedia story hubs that surround a large free-standing vertical map of Minneapolis, which is also a projection surface. Using a network of deep community ties around Brian Coyle Center, Waite House, Pillsbury House Theatre and Oak Park Center, the story hubs would illuminate historical and present-day struggles and triumphs around racial justice and communities’ efforts toward self-determination. When the installation in The Commons is over, each hub would be distributed to its corresponding center, becoming a resource for residents to learn more about their neighborhoods’ complex identities.

Rory Wakemup’s We Are Still Here would consist of an outdoor diorama of 21st century Native peoples staged using the concept of "Indigenous Futurism.” In a serious yet satirical manner, outfits and objects would showcase a plethora of contemporary gadgets/weaponry for the 21st century nonviolent warrior. With appropriations of pop culture, renewable energy, naturally harvested materials and concepts from Native American culture, this diorama would inform the public that Native Americans are still here and will be here into the future continually doing what they have always done: protecting their Mother Earth and their right to live on it.

About The Creative City Challenge

The Creative City Challenge is a project of the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program of the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with The Commons and Northern Finalists will be juried at the end of January, and the winning artist/team will install their project on The Commons during the summer with a launch at the Northern Spark festival.


Jan. 4, 2019

Published Jan 4, 2019



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