Meet Made Here
With Made Here, Hennepin Theatre Trust showcases Minnesota’s wealth of artistic talent to activate the vibrant downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. From locally created visual displays in vacant storefronts, to pop-up parks and art galleries and live performances in commercial spaces, the rich diversity of the Twin Cities’ cultural community is front and center for all to share.
The Cultural District stretches from the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi Riverfront to create a unified, attractive and walkable destination to benefit residents, businesses and property owners, artists and visitors alike
Special thanks to Andersen Windows, Made Here’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsorship support is provided by Faribault Woolen Mills and Arts Institute International. The Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis is led by Hennepin Theatre Trust with active partners Artspace, the City of Minneapolis and Walker Art Center.
New Made Here Project: Starstuff Hits Hennepin
The Tony Award-winning, sustainable set design of Peter and the Starcatcher, debuting in Minnesota March 11-16, 2014, has inspired a new Cultural District Made Here window showcasing the work of local artists.
Peter and the Starcatcher’s innovative set is built with caste off materials like empty spools, old kitchen utensils, old silverware, buttons, broken toys and jewelry, corks and tin can lids. In a nod to the production’s spirit, the new Made Here storefront window is filled with 3D sculptures, encrusted with eclectic ephemera, that were created by local visual artists Tim Carroll, Daisy Lysne and Ursula Simmer with help from Calvin Hafermann, a student at FAIR Downtown School. The quartet worked around the clock for nearly a week in chilly temperatures to complete the installation.
Photo of the Made Here window by Joan Vorderbruggen
The Peter producers also invited the tour venues, including Minneapolis, to contribute reusable items to help build the tour proscenium. Denver sent in Coors bottle caps and Seattle collected wine corks from their theater bars.
Made Here is a Cultural District project presented by Andersen Windows. This special display can be seen 24 hours a day at the Witt Mitchell Building storefront, 705 Hennepin Avenue. Recently, Made Here visual displays were also temporarily installed in 40 windows on the former Block E.
Peter and the Starcatcher, which won five 2012 Tony Awards including one for Scenic Design, is a grown up’s prequel to Peter Pan. This imaginative play has the energy of a dozen actors playing more than 100 unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?
Peter and the Starcatcher runs March 11-16 at the Orpheum Theatre.
More Made Here!
Made Here continues to break new ground under the auspices of Joan Vorderbruggen, the Trust’s Cultural District Arts Coordinator. Come downtown to street level City Center and the Atrium to see what’s up with Made Here!
Up now—Ta-Coumba 123. . . GO! (City Center, Suite 123)
Gallery open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm, March 10 - May 9.
Every lunch hour for one week from Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14, renowned St. Paul artist Ta-Coumba Aiken will be publically painting a large artwork in the City Center Atrium. He will also be working in his own temporary Pop-Up Gallery, which will be open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. He invites you to come and chat and check it out.
Ta-coumba is an acclaimed muralist and public artist who is also a Trustee at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a longtime resident in St. Paul’s Lowertown. He was a Visual Arts Fellow in 1994 and received a 2011 Sally Ordway Award. Recently, he created an interior mural for Macalester College and holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Painting made of “Lite-Brite” Pegs. Aiken works in collaboration with dancers, musicians, theaters, schools, neighborhood organizations, municipalities, and corporations to enhance urban and rural places.
Up Now—Happy Hour Atelier Figure Drawing Class and Pop-Up Art Gallery (City Center, Suite 120)
The Happy Hour Atelier Figure Drawing classes will run from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 12 through May 9. The Pop-Up Art Gallery also in Suite 120 will display students’ works and be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class charge is only $10 (cash only). Paper, charcoal and drawing boards are included.
This is an unsurpassed chance to work with professional artists to learn how to draw the human figure, capturing likenesses of live models that could include artist and city icon Scott Seekins and the stars of Doyle and Debbie, the country music comedy currently running at the New Century Theatre. Classes will be taught by artists including Erin Sayer from Cult Status and Premises Minneapolis Galleries.
Made Here is a downtown Cultural District initiative supported by presenting sponsor Andersen Windows which showcases Minnesota’s wealth of artistic talent. From locally created visual displays in vacant storefronts to pop-up art galleries and live performances in commercial spaces, Made Here highlights the rich diversity our cultural community. The Cultural District is a collaborative project among Hennepin Theatre Trust, Walker Art Center. Artspace and the City of Minneapolis.
Up soon - The New Century Sessions music series will be highlighted by Joan Vorderbruggen in the City Center window facing 7th Street with a flashing vintage mobile marquee and an illuminated movie poster case showcasing artists including Dessa who will appear in the upcoming concerts.
Made Here is an ever-changing, ongoing collaboration between individual artists, artist teams, as well as sponsors and partners transforming vacant and underutilized commercial spaces within the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District with exciting visual displays that showcase regional creativity.
Block E - 699 Hennepin Avenue
Made Heretransformed 40 windows on the former Block E into temporary visual arts displays. Poetry was also displayed on the Block E Marquee, as part of a submission process by The Loft Literary Center and Hennepin Theatre Trust.
Block E artists included: Ta-coumba Aiken, Rachel Breen, Jaime Carrera, Tim Carroll, Gina Dabrowski, Jim Denomie, Aaron Dysart, Erik Farseth, Pamela and Frank Gaard, Camille Gage, Patti Gale, Mary Gibney, Kara Faye Gregory, Noah Harmon, Brian Hart, Hennepin History Museum, Ann Klefstad, Keren Kroul, Steven Lang, The Loft Literary Center: River Urke and Tami Mohamed Brown, Lunalux, Mary Jane Mansfield, Minneapolis Art Lending Library, Sharol Nau, Erik Pearson, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theatre, Erin Sayer, Springboard for the Arts & mnartists.org, Textile Center, Jill VanSickle and George Wurtzel.
Take a walking tour of the installation! Click here to download your walking tour map.
Click on each photo for more information about the artist and display.
Luncheon: A Mid-Day Dance Series
Luncheon was a contemporary dance series curated by Jaime Carrera which featured the Twin Cities’ highest caliber choreographers performing a new piece each day of Valentine’s week in the City Center’s atrium space.
Artists included Kimberly Lesik, Laurie Van Wieren and Jennifer Arave, Sally Rousse, Hijack, and Jaime Carrera.
Joan Vorderbruggen serves as Artist Coordinator for Hennepin Theatre Trust, having recently implemented the Block E installation of Made Here with 30 visual displays of work by local artists. Joan is a multiple award winning freelance storefront designer and textile artist. She took first place in the 2012 "50th and France Art Crawl" as well as captured the "Best Holiday Window Display" award from the Uptown Business Association that same year. Since then, she's created and implemented "Artists in Storefronts", the place making public art project that pairs vacant commercial storefronts in the Eat Street commercial corridor with visual displays of local artists work.
Made Here is part of Hennepin Theatre Trust’s ongoing collaborative work to activate the downtown Cultural District which stretches from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi Riverfront, encompassing the historic Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres. The project stems from the City Council endorsed Cultural District Plan and provides a unique way to fill vacant storefronts that benefits artists, residents, property owners and visitors. The Cultural District is a joint initiative among Hennepin Theatre Trust, Artspace, Walker Art Center and the City of Minneapolis