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.
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!
Now and Ongoing—Tree Swing
Tree Swing is a site-specific window installation created by Made Here Block E artist Aaron Dysart, located in a storefront on the east side of 7th Street between Nicollet and Hennepin Avenue (closer to Hennepin). Borrowing the aesthetics of an old playground swing set scaled to fit the window, it encompasses a tree planted in a cedar and metal container suspended by chain which is surrounded by sky blue painted walls.
Through May 9—Ta-Coumba 123. . . GO! (City Center, Suite 123)
Gallery open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm, March 10 - April 30.
Renowned Twin Cities artist Ta-Coumba Aiken is featuring his work in a temporary Pop-Up Art Gallery in City Center open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00am - 1:00pm through April 30. For one week in March during the lunch hour, Aiken publically painted a large artwork in the City Center Atrium, accompanied each day by guest musicians who included Chrys Carroll, Douglas R. Ewart, Adrian Larkin, Siama Matuzungidi and Theo Brown.
Now through July 25
The City Center window facing 7th Street highlights Hennepin Theatre Trust’s New Century Sessions music series with a visual display incorporating a flashing, vintage mobile marquee and an illuminated movie poster case showcasing artists who are performing in the series: Dessa, Adam Levy and Bethany Larson & the Bee’s Knees, Communist Daughter and Chastity Brown. Joan Vorderbruggen is the designer.
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.
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.
Happy Hour Atelier Figure Drawing Class and Pop-Up Art Gallery (City Center, Suite 120)
The Happy Hour Atelier Figure Drawing Classes provided a rare chance to work with professional artists, such as Erin Sayer from Cult Status and Premises Minneapolis Galleries, to learn how to draw the human figure from live models. Artist Scott Seekins posed for the first class.
Watch Fox 9's piece on Pedalstar Galactica!
The latest Made Here project is a one-of-a kind, kinetic sculpture called Pedalstar Galactica which was crafted out of recycled street banners and people-powered through a decorated exercise bike. It is installed for public riding and viewing in the City Center Atrium. Hennepin Theatre Trust commissioned the Super-Secret Sewist Society, an artist team, to transform vinyl street banners, used previously on Hennepin Avenue to promote theatre productions, into a one-of-a-kind, interactive and moveable work of art. The artist team includes Molly Diers, Rozina Doss, Ann Meyers, Sarah Stubbs and Liseli Polivka, local luminaries in costume, prop and set design, textile art and modern quilting.
Photo credits: Julia Jennings
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?
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
All applications should be submitted to Submissions@HennepinTheatreTrust.org.
Made Here showcases Minnesota’s wealth of artistic talent to activate the vibrant downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. From locally created visual displays in vacant or under-utilized 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 view and 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 Art Institutes 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.
Made Here is accepting applications now through Monday, May 12, 2014 to fill vacant and under-utilized street facing windows with visual displays of work in nearly any medium. Successful displays will be engaging, illuminated and clearly visible from the sidewalk through the storefront windows.
Who is eligible:
Any Minnesota based individual artist or artist collaboration who can create a visual display of their creative work in any medium.
- $300.00 artist stipend
- Space for displaying artwork, professional installation assistance and signage is provided. Displays are required to have a source of illumination. Basic clamp lamps, bulbs, extension cords and timers will be available as needed. An electrical source and the cost of electricity will be provided as well.
- Minimal carpentry and hardware may also be available. Please specify requests for carpentry, set design assistance or other needs outside of artist’s abilities in the application.
- All applicants will be provided with professional photography of their displays. Made Here will provide extensive marketing support of the exhibit and the larger project through email distributions, social media, public events and tours.
- A dedicated web address featuring the artist statement, exhibit photo and links. A personalized hashtag for public comments and participation.
- Two Made Here blog post opportunities during the 90 day run of the exhibit.
Availability for extended access to the display area that would allow projects to be built on site is discouraged, so displays preferably arrive ready to be installed, some exceptions may apply. There is typically no regular public access to the installation space once a display is installed, nor a possibility for the display to continue to the exterior of the building. Please review the installation guidelines detailed in the key project dates for more information.
Key Project Dates (subject to change)
The application will be accepted until 11:59pm Monday, May 12, 2014.
A panel consisting of local curators and public art professionals will review and jury applications.
Applicants will be notified on Monday, May 26, 2014.
Installations will run through the month of June so that all artwork will be installed by July 6, 2014 in preparation for the July 11, 2014 launch of Made Here.
Artist or a representative MUST be able to schedule and be physically present (with additional assistance as available) to install the display on one of the installation dates and times to be announced by the Cultural District Arts Coordinator, without exception. We appreciate attention to this important detail to ensure the successful coordination of these installations.
Artists should be available throughout the installation period to make repairs or adjustments as needed.
An opening reception for artists and key stakeholders and public walking tours will be held on July 11, 2014. Details will be announced at a later date.
Artist must be able to leave display as installed without further access until de-installation unless special arrangements are made prior. Artist must be able to tear down display as scheduled by the Cultural District Arts Coordinator no earlier than October 11, 2014 and no later than October 25, 2014. Multiple dates and times to access display for de-installation will be available. Any unclaimed property abandoned more than seven days after close will become the property of Hennepin Theatre Trust, unless prior arrangements are approved.