» Creative CityMaking
A partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis
Creative CityMaking Minneapolis (CCM) is a multi-year, arts-based innovation initiative within Minneapolis City government designed to advance City priorities through in-depth collaborations between City departments and highly skilled community artists.

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis is a leading-edge program stewarded by Intermedia Arts, the region’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, and The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program at the City of Minneapolis.

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis leverages the power of the creative process as a resource for the City to make progress on complex challenges. By matching experienced community artists with departmental projects we are generating new intersections; and new intersections are the birthplace of new thinking. When we bring together different perspectives, we have a far better possibility of breaking new ground.
 
Creative CityMaking Minneapolis builds on the success of a one-year demonstration project in which Minneapolis city planners and artists teamed on the creation of new strategies to engage communities who are under-represented in conventional planning processes. In 2013, seven experienced community arts practitioners were embedded in the Long Range Planning Division of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED). Artist-planner teams generated 22 tools that allowed planners to extend their reach to gather input about issues from long-term transportation and land use to the immediate economic and social conditions facing Minneapolis neighborhoods. These teams brought new voices into the conversations and processes that determine the City’s future. Depending upon the neighborhood engaged, 50%-95% of respondents reported not previously taking part in any City planning processes.

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis is now expanding into up to four additional departments within the City, in addition to continuing within Long Range Planning. In this next phase, the aim of the program is to deepen the understanding of how arts-based engagement approaches can strengthen connections between City government and the communities the City serves. Artist and City staff teams will showcase the progress and results of their collaborative work at community events and through a culminating public exhibition. To set conditions for the success of these teams, Intermedia Arts will host convenings and training events for participants to exchange ideas and learn about navigating complexity for effective cross-sector collaboration.

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis is supported by a grant from the Kresge Foundation Arts and Culture Program, which seeks to build strong, healthy cities by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization. The demonstration year was supported by ArtPlace America, which exists to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of communities.


Creative CityMaking is made possible thanks to the generous support of Kresge Foundation.

Creative CityMaking is a partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis