Creative Placemaking


Lake Street Council is seeking an artist or artist-led team to produce artwork for the new facade of Mercado Central, a Latino marketplace on the corner of East Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis. Submissions are due February 15th, 2018.

For more information, see this Call To Artists.

Creative Placemaking on Lake Street

The Lake Street Council with the support of the McKnight Foundation and Twin Cities LISC is undertaking a creative placemaking initiative that will develop relationships between local artists and Lake Street businesses and produce a coordinated public artwork series. Working with 10-12 established and emerging artists, we will create permanent and temporary visual, performance, sculptural art installations intended to draw residents and visitors to Lake Street in new and exciting ways. Projects will take place between December 2017 and August 2018.  Look for more information in the coming months about the selected artist, events, and more!  

Our project goals are: 

  • Create a stronger sense of place along Lake Street by drawing attention to the community’s significant cultural assets, including arts and cultural organizations, public art, gathering places, and the diverse set of businesses.
  • Attract additional visitors and residents to Lake Street.
  • Support the success of small businesses, particularly those negatively impacted by changes in the current political environment and immigration policies.
  • Develop and implement creative ideas for increasing community safety and the perception of safety.

Are you a business that would like to participate? Contact Allison Sharkey at 612.824.7420 or for more information! 

Application and Project Timeline:

  • Application deadline: September 30, 2017
  • Interviews: October 2017
  • Selected artists/teams notified by: October 30, 2017
  • Selected artists cohort gathering: November 2017
  • Projects happening: December 2017 through August 2018