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A partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis

Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis are proud to announce Creative CityMaking, a new partnership fostering 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. Creative CityMaking will embed four artists in the City’s CPED-Planning Division. Their collaborative work will be showcased throughout the year at citywide community events, culminating in a public exhibition and forum at Intermedia Arts.

For 40 years, Intermedia Arts has engaged thousands of artists and residents in creative community-building efforts throughout the city and the region, with a particular emphasis on working in and with traditionally underrepresented communities. Intermedia Arts provides cross-sector leadership training through its Creative Community Leadership Institute and ArtsHub co-working space for local artists, organizations, and organizers.

The City's Plan for Arts and Culture, established by the Minneapolis Arts Commission and the Minneapolis City Council, outlines a vision for bringing together artists and City Departments to explore creative ideas for addressing city problems. The City’s Community Planning team is responsible for long term strategic planning for the City. The team coordinates City planning processes and advises other public entities and neighborhoods on their own planning processes.

Across Minneapolis, many artists are initiating discussions with community members around key civic issues. Creative CityMaking builds on their pioneering work, with the goals of increasing the participation of diverse communities in determining the city’s future and developing a city that is a living work of art. This project builds on work happening in cities around the globe centered on the impact of people-oriented planning and the role of the arts and the creative process on developing vibrant urban places. 

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

For more information about Creative CityMaking, visit the Intermedia Arts website.

Creative CityMaking is made possible thanks to the generous support of ArtPlace. ArtPlace is a collaboration of twelve of the nation's leading foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six financial institutions to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Robina Foundation and an anonymous donor. Funds committed to ArtPlace are overseen by Nonprofit Finance Fund who serves as investment and grant manager for the collaboration.

Last updated Oct 2, 2012