Take empty windows and storefronts in downtown Minneapolis and fill them with the work of local artists to create a walkable urban art experience. That’s what Hennepin Theatre Trust has been doing since 2013 with the Made Here project. ~~ M.A.Rosko
Sponsors were series about the “made here” guidelines when they launched this season’s Future: Made Here campaign (http://madeheremn.org/about/main) last April. The results, representing the work of more than 40 Minnesota artists and 120 students, are to be found throughout the summer months throughout the downtown’s streets and open spaces. Made Here is sponsored in large part by Andersen Corporation, Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis, supplemented by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. (More about sponsors here http://madeheremn.org/partners)
Twice a year Made Here gives life to windows and other underused spaces throughout the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District (aka the WeDo District). According to planners, the project has grown over the years to now feature visual displays in windows, live performances, artist markets, pop-up galleries in more.” Planners note that “the intent is to infuse underused public spaces with art and art-inspired experiences – and transform them with the spirit of what is possible.” To learn more about the spirit and history of Made Here, click here: http://madeheremn.org)
The displays, selected in an open competition judged by a community panel people from a range of disciplines.” The displays reflect months of creative work by area artists of every medium. To follow the energy, ideas and fun of the Made Here exhibit, click here: http://madeheremn.ojecorg/blog
Or take an armchair tour of what you’ll find at each Made Here window, pop-up display performance, by clicking here http://madeheremn.org/showcases. Then follow the lively Made Here blog here: http://madeheremn.org/blog
The virtual tour and blog posts will inspire you to get up out of that armchair and head downtown for an up close and personal look at each of the wonderfully unique Made Here exhibits. Equip yourself with this map showing exhibits and performance areas (http://madeheremn.org/map)
Clearly, Made Here thrives as a living, growing success. Since its launch the project has produced over 300 window displays as well as scores of performances and pop-ups.
- Learn more about the Hennepin Theatre Trust here: hennepintheatretrust.org
- Learn more about the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District here: wedompls.org
Made Here will infuse life into the streets and storefronts of downtown Minneapolis throughout the month of August.