Our region hums with creative energy — even if it’s not always visible at street level.
What might happen if we fill the vacant storefronts on Hennepin Avenue with installations that showcase our creative energy for all to see?
Made Here showcases the work of Minnesota artists through temporary visual art displays in vacant downtown storefronts.
699 Hennepin Avenue
Block E, first envisioned as a new entertainment destination, has been the subject of many conversations regarding development in Minneapolis. Made Here offers an opportunity to work positively with artists and various organizations who seek to revitalize the property. Made Here is an initial initiative launched as part of the Hennepin Cultural District and in conjunction with the Downtown 2025 plan to benefit residents, property owners, artists and visitors alike.
Take a walking tour of the installation! Click here to download your walking tour map.
Poetry on the Block E Marquee, presented by The Loft Literary Center and Hennepin Theatre Trust. As part of Made Here in Block E, The Loft invited submissions for poems or short stories about Hennepin Avenue. The winning entries are displayed on the Block E marquees.
Block E artists include: 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.
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.
Click on each photo for more information about the artist and display.
705 Hennepin Avenue
Built in 1904, the former Witt's Market House has been vacant for over twenty years. You can still see hand-painted signs for Witt’s at the top of the building and on columns in the space. The installation of locally designed furniture is the work of Guerrilla by Design.
ABOUT GUERILLA BY DESIGN
The Guerilla Designers’ goal is to highlight the rich design culture present in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and prove great design doesn’t just happen in London, New York, and Milan.
Their mission: Take furniture design out of the gallery and put it into the context of a living public space making it less intimidating, and accessible to everyone.
More about Guerilla By Design
|01 / Mathew Plumstead
|07 / Kick.Stand.Press
|02 / Garrett Glaser
|08 / Erin & Nate Moren
|03 / Gregory Horvitz
Fischer and Baker
|09 / Maya Khaira
|04 / Patrick Carmody & Kfir Shetrit
|10 / Steve and Hallie Mullenbach
|05 / George Mahoney
|11 / Tristan Thiel
|06 / Mathew Plumstead
|12 / Sam Setterlund|
We are currently not accepting applications for new Made Here installations, please check back soon!
Q: How do I apply?
A: We will The application and Terms & Conditions form is available at www.hennepintheatretrust.org/madehere or in hard copy at the New Century Theatre Box Office, located street level of City Center at 615 Hennepin Avenue. Submit your application electronically to Joan.Vorderbruggen@hennepintheatretrust.org or in hard copy to the New Century Theatre Box Office.
Q: When submitting the application, should I attach my word document in an email? If I have multiple photos should I send multiple emails to accommodate for file size? What if I have hard copy photos?
A: Please submit your application either electronically or in hard copy, but not a combination of both. (i.e. do not email an electronic application and send additional materials by regular mail.) Materials sent by mail will not be returned.
If you have hard copy items you’d like to submit, please submit them along with your application as one unit to the New Century Theatre Box Office at 615, Hennepin Avenue, Ste 140, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
You are encouraged to submit your application and photos electronically. Photos can be put into a zip folder to minimize size. If you are unsure of how to do this and need to send multiple emails, please note that in each email, along with your full name and telephone number.
Q: Will you alert us if you can’t open or view our photos?
A: If a corrupted file that can’t be opened is received, we will alert you. We will not alert you if images received are of low quality or insufficient to explain your display.
Q: Are applications being reviewed as they are received or will they all be reviewed after the deadline?
A: Applications will be reviewed following the deadline. If an application is incomplete, it will be not be taken into consideration at the panel review.
Q: Will Hennepin Theatre Trust combine multiple artists into one display?
A: Unless artists submit an application proposing a combined display, the Trust will not combine the work of different artists.
Q: As the artist, do I still retain all copyright and publishing rights of my work?
A: Hennepin Theatre Trust will only utilize photos of your entire exhibit in promotion of Made Here. Images of individual pieces will not be taken or used and the artist retains all rights to their work.
Q: What size are the windows?
A: Windows range in size from approximately 5' by 7' to 17' by 8'. It is very likely that within this range, there will be a window to suite your display. Please note the approximate window size you will require in your application. Upon announcement of the artists selected (Sept 9), you will be notified of your specific window.
Q: I do not understand how to display my artwork. Can you offer guidance?
A: If you aren’t sure how to display your work, please note it in your application. There will be some assistance available. For ideas of what has been done in the past, you can visit http://www.artistsinstorefronts.com/past-projects.php for access to a Flickr portfolio of images from Joan Vorderbruggen’s other storefront initiative, Artists in Storefronts.
Q: Is there assistance available to help create panels or backdrops?
A: Minimal assistance is available. The project is on a short timeline, so extensive assistance or access to the space is not possible. If you require assistance, please note it in your application.
Q: Will it be possible to mount two dimensional work to the glass?
A: It is a possibility. Please note this in your application along with any other creative ideas to display and illuminate your artwork.
Q: May we put pricing information in the signage provided by Hennepin Theatre Trust?
A: You are allowed to include pricing information, contact information, or anything you feel is important in the 250-word statement. However, we do recommend omitting pricing information as it can draw unwanted attention to your display.
Made Here is part of Hennepin Theatre Trust’s ongoing collaborative work to activate the Hennepin Cultural District, stretching from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi Riverfront. The project stems from the City Council endorsed Cultural District Plan and provides a unique way to fill empty storefronts that benefits artists, residents, property owners and visitors. The Hennepin Cultural District is led by Hennepin Theatre Trust with active partners Artspace, the City of Minneapolis and Walker Art Center.
Block E Installation Inquiries
For questions regarding the installation in Block E, please contact
Joan Vorderbruggen | Artist Coordinator
612.205.8516 | 612.455.9502 fx
For general questions and feedback, please contact
Kelly Armenta | Special Projects Manager
612.455.9505 | 612.455.9502 fx