The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Random Reverie:  Improvisation Rearranged”

from 5 -8 pm for the opening of The Mill Yard’s upcoming show,
“Random Reverie: Improvisation Rearranged.”

Opening Reception Sunday, October 14, 5:00-8:00PM
Exhibition dates October 15 – December 31, 2018
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Random Reverie:  Improvisation Rearranged” showcasing four award winning artists. You are invited to experience visual representations of fleeting moments and illusionary spaces, as well as beauty in creative functionality.

Artists featured at the new show include
Teo Nguyen (Painting)
Ann Ledy (Sculpture, Painting, Graphite)
Opening reception only: Robert Briscoe (Pottery), Ernest Miller (Pottery)

At The Mill Yard opening reception the food truck El Taqueria Victor will be serving snacks to full dinners for purchase. Wine, sparkling water and sweet drinks are complimentary.


The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts
The Mill City. Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence.  The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.
The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts thanks Luke Kleckner, Condo Development and Sales, for his generous sponsorship.

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Teo Nguyen
Teo Nguyen is a second-generation artist. His father was a glass painter who experimented in several artistic mediums, and his mother is a poet. A native of Vietnam, Nguyen moved to the United States when he was sixteen and currently lives in Minneapolis. Nguyen studied art and design at De Anza College, San Francisco; Fresno State University, California; and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Nguyen describes his serene landscapes as “an interpretation of what I feel and see: moments in which we are alone even as we are connected to each other. I hope that my work will create for the viewer that moment — when ordinary things become remarkable and beautiful.” Of Nguyen’s abstract works, he writes: “I paint to connect to specific moments in my life. As I let go of self-consciousness — this is when I am fully immersed in my work and I am able to paint in the moment.” Teo’s work is currently exhibiting at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. In addition, he has been included in exhibitions at: Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; Minnesota History Center, St. Paul; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul; Burnet Fine Art & Advisory, Wayzata; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; and numerous other venues within the Twin Cities.

Web site:

Ann Ledy
Ann Ledy recently returned to New York where she had lived for thirty years. She currently splits her time between her studio in Millbrook, NY and New York City. Ledy has exhibited her artwork in Germany, South Korea, New York, and Minnesota, where she exhibits at Circa Gallery. Her
works on paper are collected by museums across the country including the Walker, MoMA, Fogg, National Gallery, Weatherspoon, & Yale University Art Museum, to name a few. The ghost images that hover beneath the surface of Ledy’s works on paper create an illusionary space that is both real and imagined. The drawn elements are juxtaposed against a grid for orientation while the imagery musically dances across the surface. Ledy’s wall pieces and sculptures physically move beyond their three-dimensional surface. They play with light and shadow as a means of projecting and creating an illusionary space. Like the works on paper, the viewer is invited to engage and reinterpret what is given. Ledy’s works on paper and sculpture are a visual dance captured between layers of notations and shapes created by light and shadow.

Web site:

Robert Briscoe
Robert Briscoe lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been a potter for over 50 years making functional stoneware. Selected collections of his work include the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis; Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Racine Art Museum, Racine WI; Margaret Harlow Collection, at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN; Coleen and Dennis Bindley Collection of Wisconsin; The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; and the Arizona State Ceramic Research Center. Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1947, Robert graduated from Kansas State University with a Ceramics Studies degree with Angelo Garzio. He apprenticed with James Vandergriff of Zarah, Kansas in 1967, and Lou and Al Wynne of Black Forest, Colorado in 1968. He currently works in Clearwater, Minnesota.

Web site: 

Ernest Miller
Ernest’s ceramics are inspired by mid-western landscape, architectural features and historical pottery. His rural upbringing instilled the virtues of utility which he brings to his ceramic art. Ernest’s works have appeared in numerous regional and national shows, including the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show.

Web site:

lightworks scheduled for October 11 at the Bridgewater

Bridgewater Neighbors and Friends of the Arts invites you to the next art opening at the Bridgewater:


Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bridgewater Lobby

Art, wine, appetizers and performance by Oboebass!, a double reed and double bass duo.

The Art @ the Bridgewater program exhibits over 150 pieces of art created by Twin Cities artists and provides the opportunity to discuss and discover art in the context of our own home environment, with our friends and neighbors. For more information, go to our Facebook Page, Art@The Bridgewater. All artwork is for sale.

Artists exhibiting at the Bridgewater include: Kristi Abbott, Amy Ballinger, Laurie Borggreve, Allison Johanson, Guillermo Guardia, Jeff Lohaus, Chris Nystrom, Chris Price, Danny Saathoff, Andy Tinkham, Susan Fryer Voight and James Wrayge.

All Mill District neighbors are welcome to attend this art opening reception. The Bridgewater is located at 215 10th Avenue S, across from Gold Medal Park. Please RSVP to

This FREE event is generously sponsored by an anonymous Bridgewater resident, an enthusiastic supporter of the Art @ the Bridgewater program.

MPRB Announces Public Learning Sessions to Discuss Park Safety and Policing

Sessions scheduled Oct. 1 at Phillips Community Center and Oct. 2 at North Commons Recreation Center

Please join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) as it listens, learns, acknowledges, educates and gathers public input on the desired level of Park Police service needed to serve the community.

The MPRB is committed to providing safe places for children and adults to gather and play. Since the July 10 incident at Minnehaha Falls, there has been an internal work group comprised of the superintendent, commissioners, staff and consultants who have discussing short- and long-term strategies related to safety and park policing.

In mid-September, the MPRB started a series of Listening Sessions with a focus group of community leaders and sessions for youth. The MPRB encourages the public to attend one of the two community sessions scheduled in early October. Interpreters, children’s activities, light food and refreshments will be provided at each session.

  • October 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Phillips Community Center, 2323 11th Ave S
  • October 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, North Commons Recreation Center, 1801 James Ave

Accessibility and Interpretation

Somali, Hmong and Latinx interpreters will be at the Oct. 1 and 2 Learning Sessions. For reasonable modification because of a disability or other language interpretation, please contact the MPRB Community Outreach Department in advance of the listening session so arrangements can be made prior to the meeting. Contact Radious Guess at (612) 230-6419, or use the Minnesota Relay System at 711. Providing at least 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

English Listening Sessions Flyer                  Hmong Listening Sessions Flyer
Spanish Listening Sessions Flyer                 Somali Listening Sessions Flyer

Park Safety Initiatives

The MPRB is committed to working with the community to identify ways to improve park safety. Findings from these Learning Sessions will be reported to the Board of Commissioners and shared with the community before the end of the year. They will also inform recommendations for a Park Police Service Level Plan that will be drafted in 2019.

Other initiatives being developed related to park safety and park policing include expanded youth programming, formation of a Park Police Advisory Council, and development of legislative agenda language to build awareness and strengthen laws and/or penalties related to reporting inaccurate information to law enforcement. All these strategies will include community engagement and discussions. The strategies are being approached, and will be evaluated, through a lens of equity.

DMNA Seeking Candidates to Run for the Board

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, October 15, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd floor Performance Hall.  Elections to the board of directors will take place.  We will have three seats up for election this year with three-year terms.  If you have an interest in running for a seat on the board, please submit your name, a brief bio, and a statement explaining your interest in running for the board to


MINNEAPOLIS (September 13, 2018) – ARTCRANK’s 2018 Minneapolis show will take place on
Saturday, October 13 at the IDS Center Crystal Court. Staging a show in one of the most iconic
buildings in Minneapolis is a far cry from the show’s DIY bike shop roots, but one thing remains
the same: Affordable, bike-inspired poster art created by local artists.

This year’s edition of ARTCRANK features new bike-inspired posters created by more than 40
artists from around the Twin Cities. The artist roster is a near 50/50 split between first-time
participants and returning artists, including perennial favorites Adam Turman, Amy Jo, Ellen
Schofield, and Allan Peters.

“I fell in love with bicycling and ARTCRANK at the show in 2012,” said first-time ARTCRANK
artist Andria Chinander. “Now, six years later, I’m honored to celebrate both as an artist.”
Given ARTCRANK’s history of showcasing top-notch talent and helping local artists make a name
for themselves on what’s become an international stage, even longtime contributors feel the
pressure to bring their best.

“ARTCRANK is the most exciting and stressful project I have all year,” said Todd Zerger, who’s
done poster for shows dating back to 2012. But I love the energy: The pages of sketches. The
crossed eyes at midnight trying to resolve details on the computer. All the ideas I throw away
because they don’t quite rise to the occasion. The stress of trying to come up with something
special that’s never been done before.”

For the fourth consecutive year, ARTCRANK is teaming up with Fulton Brewing to provide adult
refreshments and benefit a local nonprofit organization. A portion of proceeds from beer sales will
benefit the Minnesota Cycling Federation and its programs that introduce kids to the sport of
cycling, let them try out racing for the first time, and learn how to ride like pros.

ARTCRANK is also partnering with IDS Center — which is donating the space for the event —
and the mpls downtown council to create a showcase of all the ways that cycling is transforming
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the downtown neighborhood, from commuting to shopping to sightseeing. Show attendees will be
encouraged to take advantage of the revamped, Nicollet to arrive by bike, with free valet bike
parking near IDS Center’s Nicollet entrance provided by the Cultural Wellness Center’s My Bike
Project, another longtime ARTCRANK partner.

“We’re thrilled that ARTCRANK will be returning to its roots here in downtown Minneapolis,” said
Leah Wong, mpls downtown council vice president of external relations. “We have an incredible
bike and art culture in Minneapolis, and we can’t wait to welcome ARTCRANK’s followers here to
gather in our city’s core and celebrate the creativity within our community.”

ARTCRANK Show Details
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: IDS Center in Downtown Minneapolis
80 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Show will be held in the first-floor space at the corner of
8th St. and Marquette Ave., just off the Crystal Court

What + Why:
• Partnership between ARTCRANK, Fulton Brewing and mpls downtown
• Original limited edition prints by 40+ local artists – all sold for $50
• Selection of craft beer by Fulton Brewing – $5-$8 per glass
• Portion of proceeds from beer sales benefit Minnesota Cycling Federation
• Free valet bike parking by My Bike Project
For more information, please visit:

ARTCRANK® is a poster show about bicycles. We make art as accessible as bikes are, and use
creativity to change the way people think about cycling. Since 2007, ARTCRANK has introduced
hundreds of thousands of people to handmade, affordable bike posters created by independent
artists, holding live pop-up bike art shows in cities across the U.S., as well as in London and
Paris. Bicycling Magazine called us “Cycling’s Coolest Art Show,” and named ARTCRANK
founder Charles Youel one of its “Cyclists Who Are Changing The World.”

About the mpls downtown council:
Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the
mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary
downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was
designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown
assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit

Samatar Crossing Call for Public Artists

A. Samatar Crossing
Samatar Crossing: Samatar Crossing spans Interstate I-35, serving as a connector between downtown neighborhoods of Elliot Park and Downtown East and the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood.This project involves construction of a new sidewalk and bicycle path between 11th Avenue South and 15th Avenue South on the former 5th Street I-94 exit ramp and on a bridge spanning I35W. This will also result in a new pedestrian and bike connection between the West Bank on the East and Elliot Park and Downtown East on the West, as well as to the Hiawatha trail. Samatar Crossing is named in honor of Hussein Samatar, a former Minneapolis School Board member who was the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minneapolis. For more information visit the City’s website.

Samatar Crossing, is symbolic of Hussein Samatar’s life and values. Samatar spent his life making connections between immigrant communities – especially the Somali community – and the mainstream. The bridge serves as a reminder of his work – as a reconnection between downtown and the West Bank, neighborhoods that represent the mainstream and Somali communities respectively.

Hussein Samatar (1968-2013): Born in Somalia, Hussein Samatar moved to Minneapolis in December 1991 as part of the first wave of Somali immigrants to the Twin Cities. He earned an MBA from St. Thomas University and was a Humphrey School of Public Affairs Fellow and a German Marshall Memorial Fellow. After working at Wells Fargo as a business banker, Samatar founded the African Development Center (ADC) in 2004, bringing his skills and experiences back to Cedar Riverside and providing financial and educational support to immigrants. ADC is still a thriving support agency for immigrants in the Twin Cities. Samatar entered public office in 2006, when he was appointed to the Minneapolis Library Board of Trustees by Mayor R.T. Rybak. He became Minnesota’s first Somali-American elected official in 2011 when he was elected to the Minneapolis School Board.

B. Neighborhood and Area

Cedar-Riverside: Cedar-Riverside, or Mno Sota Makoce, was once part of the homeland of the Dakota people, who were indigenous to this area. Alternatively known as the “West Bank” or simply “Riverside,” Cedar-Riverside is now home to a robust arts and culture scene, multiple universities, health care facilities, and a vibrant nightlife. The African Development Center, founded by Samatar, is located in Cedar Riverside and continues to provide fundamental business development support to the immigrant community. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is named after the intersection of the two main avenues of the neighborhood, Cedar and Riverside.

The neighborhood is triangular-shaped with three definitive boundaries: the Mississippi River on the east side, Interstate 94 on the south side, and Interstate 35W on the west side. Cedar-Riverside‘s history is nearly as old as Minneapolis’. In the late 1890s, the neighborhood was known as “Snoose Boulevard,” with a thriving community of Scandinavian immigrants, many of whom worked in the milling and lumber industries on the Mississippi River. In the 1960s and 1970s, Snoose Boulevard turned from a quaint neighborhood to a beehive of hippies, intellectuals, actors, artists and musicians. Presently, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood boasts the largest community of immigrants in the Twin Cities, continuing a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Today, there are more than eight thousand residents who call this area home, 50% of which are of East African descent. Minneapolis is home to the one of the largest Somali populations in North America, many of whom call Cedar-Riverside home. Other residents include, but are not limited to, Oromo, Korean, Ethiopian, Ecuadorian, Iraqi, Eritrean and Turkish Americans.
For more information on the Cedar-Riverside area, visit these websites:


Downtown East: Downtown East is located in the center of Minneapolis and the East side of Downtown. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by the Mississippi River, on the west by Portland Avenue South, on the east by Interstate 35W and on the south by 6th Street South. Its residential community is being built at record levels. The Mill District, along the Mississippi River Front is a historic district with several old Mills and mill ruins. East is home to The Commons, US Bank Stadium, and multiple major cultural institutions, including the Guthrie Theater, the Mill City Museum, MacPhail Center for Music, and Open Book Literary Arts Center. This area – including St. Anthony Falls and former Spirit Island – are also significant sites to the Dakota people.

The Washburn A Mill was by the mid-19th century the most technologically advanced mill in the world. Obsolete by 1965, however, it closed and sat vacant for many years. In 1991 the building was nearly destroyed by fire. The City of Minneapolis cleaned up the rubble and fortified the charred walls of the mill in the late 1990s. Shortly thereafter, the Minnesota Historical Society developed the Mill City Museum, which cleverly incorporates the ruins into the new structure. Many of the other old mills and factories have been converted into residential and commercial uses. For more information on Downtown East, visit these websites:


Elliot Park: Just east of Downtown Minneapolis, Elliot Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City. Bounded by 5th Street to the north, I-94 to the south, 35W to the east and 5th Avenue to the west, Elliot Park is home to an historic district and has multiple buildings listed on the historic registry. The merger of the downtown street grid (parallel to the river) and the south Minneapolis street grid (East to West) creates an interesting mix of partial streets and triangles in the neighborhood.

Originally home to the City’s wealthy elite, Elliot Park in the 1800’s offered close proximity to the City center and was home to the City’s two sole parks. As the City grew, so did the demand for housing. Many mansions were converted into apartments and brownstones were built to accommodate demand. During the 1960’s, interstate 1-94 dissected the neighborhood from South Minneapolis. The construction predicated an exodus from the neighborhood and the population declined. Many buildings were converted to parking lots and residents moved to other places. Today, Elliot Park has repopulated with condominiums and a variety of housing for different income levels. Despite being above average for homing immigrant residents in the City, only 20% of the population is foreign-born which contrasts to the 37.6% in Cedar Riverside. The neighborhood is home to two prominent institutions: Hennepin County Medical Center and North Central University. For more information on Elliot Park, visit these websites:

Additional Resources:

C. Samatar Crossing Public Art Project
The City is seeking up to 3 artists to collaborate on the design of an iconic public artwork for Samatar Crossing. Artists of any discipline – including spoken word, poetry, graphic design, and visual arts – are invited to apply. No previous public art experience is required. Artworks might address the following goals:

• Bridging the immigrant experiences of past and present residents and identifying the shared experiences of people who call these neighborhoods home.
• Artistically enhancing the reconnection of the West Bank to Downtown Minneapolis; linking the Elliot Park, Downtown East and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods through the creation of a bright and bold public artwork.
• Enhancing the wayfinding and pedestrian experience of the crossing.
• Highlighting the values of Hussein Samatar and the people who live, lived and will live in the surrounding communities.
• Supporting the creation of a welcoming experience for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.

D. Compensation
Up to 3 artists will be hired for the design phase of this project. Artists will be compensated $10-12,000 for participation in the design process for the project. There is approximately $120,000 in additional funding for the fabrication and installation of art.

• This fee should cover all the costs and expenses associated with fulfilling the responsibilities outlined in section E below.
• A contract between artists and the City will define stages of completion and a payment schedule. Final payments are contingent upon the completion of deliverables.

E. Artist’s Responsibilities
• Meeting and working with project team and/or other selected artists to develop and refine artistic concepts for two cohesive and complementary artworks.
• Creating the design for a collaborative and cohesive permanent public artwork in collaboration with the other selected artists and the project team – including other artists and city staff.
• Working in and with the adjacent communities to engage residents in the design process including meetings, public engagements.
• Researching and learning about Hussein Samatar and the affiliated neighborhoods and histories.
• Participating in an ongoing collaborative design review process and making changes with input from the staff, designers, committees and the community.
• Determining the materials for the artwork and the fabrication process and working with staff to select the fabricator for the project.
• Providing City Staff with documentation of the process.
• Providing regular email updates to City Staff.
• Providing input during the fabrication process.
• Collaboratively develop designs that are durable, energy efficient, and vandal-proof and require little repair or maintenance.

F. Project Timeline
Thursday August 23rd – Call for Artists Posted
Tuesday, September 18th, 5-7pm – Artist Informational Meeting: Brian Coyle Center, 420 South 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Friday, September 21st – Posting of Materials from Informational Meeting on website October 2nd, 3-6pm – Artist Application Support: Pop-up Resource Center hosted by Springboard for the Arts at Mixed Blood Theater 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454
October 3rd – Last day for submission of questions –
October 5th – Answers posted online
Tuesday, October 9th – Intent to Apply Form Submitted (advance submission recommended)
Wednesday, October 10th – 4pm CST- Call for Artists Deadline
Week of November 5th – Finalist Interviews
Late November – Artist Notification

G. Who is Eligible to Apply?
• Artists of any discipline are invited to apply, including but not limited to spoken word artists, poets, textile artists, sculptors, public artists, graphic designers, etc.
• No previous experience in public art is required for this project, however, must demonstrate capacity to translate their creative practice across disciplines and contextualize their artwork within a defined framework.
• Capacity to deliver a project that responds to the defined project goals.
• Experience working in and with diverse communities, especially immigrant communities.
• Working knowledge of or a proven capacity to learn about the communities defined in this call.
• Experience collaborating on projects, including but not limited to experience working with organizations, community groups or cities.
• Proven ability to manage projects including budgets, communications, and administrative tasks.
• Current City staff and Minneapolis Arts Commissioners are not eligible.
• Organizations, architectural and engineering firms, design firms, galleries and public art consultants are not eligible.

H. How to Apply
Contact for More Information: All questions regarding this proposal should be submitted in email to: by October 3rd, 4pm CST. All questions and answers will be compiled and posted online as an addendum to this Call for Artists. They will also be sent to all artists who complete an Intent to Apply form. The Intent to Apply Form is found here. Do not contact other contractors, architects or City staff working on this project.
All proposals are due: Wednesday, October 10th, 4 p.m., CST. Intent to Apply must be submitted no later than one day in advance of the deadline – October 9th – in order to receive a submission link.

Changes to Application Process/How to Upload Your Application: Artists planning to apply should complete the Intent to Apply form here. You will then receive an email with a link to a folder to upload your application. Do NOT email proposals or send links to file transfer programs, such as Drop Box. It is recommended that you complete the Intent to Apply form prior to the day of the deadline.

Additional Information: Materials from the informational meeting will be posted online as an addendum with this Call for Artists. This Call for Artists is available in alternative formats upon request. For more information about City of Minneapolis public art visit

I. What to Submit
Artwork Samples:
• Submit images of your previous work that demonstrate your ability as an artist to design and work on this project. Artists may submit up to 10 work samples in the following formats. No more than ten total samples will be reviewed.
• Submit ten images as jpegs. It is recommended that your images be roughly 1920 x 1920 pixels and no more than 1.8 MB in file size. Images that do not meet the required formats may not be considered.
• Written Work Samples: single spaced, 12-point font., written work samples cannot exceed 10 pages total. For example, five 2-page work samples or ten 1-page work samples are acceptable formats.
• Video/Audio Work Samples: Up to 10 video or audio work samples not longer than 30 seconds in length. For example, two 2.5-minute videos or one 5-minute work sample is an acceptable format
▪ Video/audio work samples must be submitted via YouTube or another online platform.
▪ All A/V weblinks must be submitted via individual PDF documents and files must be labeled with the corresponding work sample number. For example Last Name_First Name_#
▪ Individual files should not represent more than one work sample.
• Multiple projects cannot be compiled in a single work sample. No compilations of images or projects will be accepted.
Written Materials: Proposal packets should be submitted in one single 8 ½” x 11” pdf. Please include:
• Cover Sheet: A completed copy of the attached cover sheet.
• Written Description: A written description of up to two pages that addresses:
o Why you are interested and what excites you most about the project;
o If you are an artist team, your experience working together in the past, and which artist will be the lead contact for your team;
o Other commitments and time frames during which you would be unavailable.
• Resume: A current resume(s) of all of the artists involved, including information on background and ability to conduct the tasks listed. Up to two pages per artist.
• Image List: A completed copy of the attached Image List.
• References: The names, addresses, and daytime phone numbers of three references who can speak about your ability as an artist and, a collaborator, and if relevant, as a team.
Late applications and applications that do not follow these guidelines may not be considered.

J. How Will Applications Be Reviewed?
A selection panel will review applications based on these criteria. The panel will include: An artist, arts administrator, architect or landscape architect, arts commissioner; a project site representative, a Public Works staff member, an appropriate community representative, and two at-large members. Their selection will be based on the following criteria:

Stimulate excellence in urban design and public arts:
• Is the artist’s submission, previous work and/or proposed idea engaging and high quality in concept and construction?
• Is the quality of the artist’s previous work comparable to other artwork commissioned by the City?
• Is the artist not over represented in the City’s collection?
• Does the artist have a significant or engaging body of work?
• Does the artist have experience collaborating with city planners and other professionals?
• Does the artist have experience with architectural and engineering drawings and methods?
• Does the artist have experience in comparable projects and artistic disciplines?

Enhance community identity and place:
• Is the artist familiar with the community and setting and its characteristics, including history, identity, geography and cultures?
• Has the artist’s previous work been appropriate to those communities and settings and the above characteristics?
• Does the artist have experience integrating artwork into infrastructure and public spaces?
Contribute to community vitality:
• Have the artist’s previous projects attracted visitors and residents?
• Does the artist’s previous work or proposed process build capacity between the private and public sectors, artists, arts organizations and community members?
• Does the artist’s previous work or proposed process encourage civic dialogue about community, cultures or City issues?
• Do the artist’s previous projects incorporate or address relevant cultural or historical events?
Involve a broad range of people/communities:
• Does the artist have experience working with communities and diverse groups?
• Does the artist have a demonstrated ability to address ADA regulations as they apply to public art?
• Does the artist’s previous or proposed process celebrate one or more of the City’s cultural communities?
• Does the artist have experience in projects that bring people together or create gathering places?

Value artists and artistic process:
• Does the artist have a unique or appropriate cultural, geographic or artistic perspective?
• Does the proposed project or process appropriately support the integrity of the artwork and the moral rights of the artist?
• Does the proposed project or design process include the artist and the artistic process as a central element?
Use resources wisely:
• Is the artist’s previous work or proposed project sustainable, secure and technically feasible?
• If the proposers are a team, is the team a manageable size and do they show demonstrated experience working together?
• Has the artist’s previous work been within the timeline and budget and is the artist able to work within the City’s timeline and budget?

K. Attachments
• Coversheet Form
• Image List Form

City of Minneapolis Public Art, Department of Community Planning and Economic Development
For over 30 years, the City of Minneapolis has enriched the lives of citizens and visitors by integrating public art into city planning, services design and infrastructure. The City’s Public Art Program features:
• New commissions through the Art in Public Places program
• The conservation and maintenance of the City’s collection of over 60 works located in all parts of Minneapolis
• Support to other departments and agencies developing public facilities, infrastructure, and public art projects
• Permits to neighborhoods and community groups for art projects in the public realm

For more information about City of Minneapolis public art visit

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on September 4

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the DMNA Land Use Committee is on Tuesday, September 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.


Voting for top downtown green spaces now open for 2018 DID Greening & Public Realm Awards

MINNEAPOLIS (August 28, 2018) — The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) today announced the public voting for the 9th annual Greening & Public Realm Awards is now open.

The Greening Awards, a DID initiative since 2010, celebrate outstanding examples of greening and placemaking that improve public space in Downtown Minneapolis. Winners will be selected by public vote at The vote will be open Aug. 28 through Sept. 14.

This year, 36 finalists were selected from more than 60 unique nominees through an interactive public nomination process. These finalists were divided into 12 categories based on the project’s characteristics and size. Among the finalists selected were 15 new nominees—a continued sign of the growing diversity of greening in the downtown area—as well as 14 past winners. Seven of last year’s 12 winners are nominated again this year—including eight-time winner Loring Greenway.

“Our greening awards finalists annually highlight the incredible variety and breadth of public and private greening we enjoy here in our downtown,” said Steve Cramer, Mpls Downtown Improvement District President & CEO. “Thank you to all who enhance our public realm through your efforts—going above and beyond to help make our downtown welcoming and extraordinary.”

Winners will receive a commemorative Greening Award created by Wood from the Hood, a Minneapolis-based company that reclaims discarded trees from urban neighborhoods and creates high-quality wood products. Each award will display the year the award was issued.

The DID Greening Awards are intended to inspire all to work toward making downtown greener and more vibrant. DID’s mission through the Greening Awards is to encourage all downtown businesses and organizations to participate in the greening effort.

The public is encouraged to vote by visiting and clicking on the interactive vote link. Each category will showcase the finalists along with a photo of each location for easy viewing and identification. This year’s 12 categories include the following finalists:

Small Activated Space

  • 100 Washington
  • Colonial Warehouse Alleyway*
  • Kieran’s Irish Pub

Small Green Space

  • Hennepin Healthcare Pocket Park*
  • Target Plaza, South Entry
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

Large Activated Space

  • Hennepin County Government Center North & South Plazas
  • Nicollet*
  • The Commons

Large Green Space

  • Cancer Survivors Park
  • Loring Greenway
  • Triangle Park

Façade Greening

  • Lenox Brownstones*
  • Mills Fleet Farm Parking Garage
  • The Local

Public Art

  • 5th & Hennepin Mini Mural*
  • Carry On Homes by Peng Wu, Zoe Cinel, Shunjie Yong, Preston Drum and Aki Shibata*
  • Nicollet Lanterns by Blessing Hancock*
  • Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn*

Outdoor Café

  • Brit’s Pub
  • Eastside*
  • Haskell’s Wine Bar*
  • The News Room*

Streetscape Greening

  • Fulton Taproom
  • Kraus Anderson Development*
  • Millwright

Streetscape Green Infrastructure

  • Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Nicollet
  • Washington Avenue S*

Entryway Greening

  • Aloft Minneapolis
  • HQ Apartments*
  • Mpls DID Pop-up Satellite Office*

Public Realm Improvement

  • Carry On Homes by Peng Wu, Zoe Cinel, Shunjie Yong, Preston Drum and Aki Shibata*
  • Colonial Warehouse Alleyway
  • Haskell’s Wine Bar
  • Hennepin Healthcare Pocket Park
  • Kraus Anderson Development
  • Nicollet Redesign
  • Nicollet Lanterns by Blessing Hancock
  • The News Room
  • Washington Ave S Redesign
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

Best Neighborhood

  • Downtown East
  • Downtown West
  • Elliot Park
  • Loring Park
  • North Loop

*-New Nominee in this category

The public is encouraged to not only vote on a winner for each category but to also celebrate greening on social media year-round. Send your greening photos to @MplsDID on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GreenAwardsMpls.

For more information, visit

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District:

Founded in early 2009 by the downtown business community, the Mpls DID delivers higher levels of service to make downtown cleaner, greener, safer and more vibrant throughout a 120-block area. It is funded almost exclusively by the commercial property owners of downtown Mpls, and it is the largest Business Improvement District in the state of Minnesota. For more information, visit


DMNA was a proud sponsor of Pianos on Parade this summer

The DMNA was a proud sponsor of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Pianos on Parade initiative this summer.

Pianos on Parade placed uniquely designed pianos throughout downtown Mpls in June. The pianos were open for impromptu concerts as well as for programming with local musical talent.

The Pianos on Parade were painted by local artists who helped showcase their visions of downtown Mpls through their art work. The pianos were painted in May before being placed throughout the downtown community.

To view a video of piano performance that took place during the 4th annual Light the Night Car Show on the Nicollet Mall, please visit the DMNA Facebook page.

DMNA 2018 Annual Meeting on October 15 at Open Book

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, October 15, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd floor Performance Hall.  Election to the board of directors will take place.  We will have three seats up for election this year with three-year terms.  If you have an interest in running for a seat on the board, please submit your name, a brief bio, and a statement explaining your interest in running for the board to  More info to come.