Community Planning & Economic Development

Public Arts Administration
105 5th Avenue South, Room 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Call for Public Artists

Samatar Crossing

Collaborative Public Artworks for a New Pedestrian Bridge

The City of Minneapolis is seeking up to three (3) artists to collaborate on the design of public artwork for Samatar Crossing. Artists of any discipline - including spoken word, poetry, graphic design, and visual arts - are invited to apply.

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. The 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.

Samatar Crossing spans Interstate I-35, serving as a connector between downtown and the Downtown East Neighborhood and the West Bank and Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood.

All potential applicants must submit their Intent to Apply no later than October 9, 2018. Early submission is recommended.

This application is open to Minnesota artists only.

Artist Support:

Application Deadline: October 10, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Kirstin Wiegmann


Last updated Oct 4, 2018



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