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This Is Our City
The City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Program and Intermedia Arts present

This Is Our City is a new interactive visual art exhibition highlighting the recent work of the innovative Creative CityMaking Minneapolis artist-City collaborations. This Is Our City shares some of the tools and methods artists and City staff developed for equitable creative placemaking. Visitors to the This Is Our City exhibition will be given multiple opportunities to contribute their own voices to the work by talking about definitions of equity at an artistic pulpit, making human sculptures, and more. Following the exhibition run at Intermedia Arts, This Is Our City will be housed at Minneapolis City Hall with the aim to tour around the country soon after.

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis pairs staff in City of Minneapolis departments with experienced community artists to advance the City's goal of eliminating economic and racial disparities. This "One Minneapolis" goal is focused on ensuring that all residents can participate and prosper.

Featuring work by Ariah Fine and D.A. Bullock in collaboration with Neighborhood and Community Relations, E.G. Bailey and Shá Cage in collaboration with the Long Range Planning Division, Mankwe Ndosi and Reggie Prim in collaboration with Regulatory Services, Jeremiah Bey in collaboration with the City Clerk’s Office, and Peter McDonald, and Kirk Washington Jr. in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology.


Free and Open to the Public

Please join us for a tour of This is Our City! Our amazing youth docents will be on site to lead you through the gallery and share details about the Creative CityMaking projects and program. In additon to the dates below, tours can be scheduled by appointment. 
Register for a tour by writing to info@IntermediaArts.org or calling 612.871.4444.

Youth Docent-Led Tours of This Is Our City:

July 23 | 3-4PM | Saturday | REGISTER

July 30 | 3-4PM | Saturday | REGISTER

August 5 | 3-4PM | Friday | REGISTER

August 12 | 2-3PM | Friday | REGISTER

August 20 | 3-4PM | Saturday | REGISTER

August 26 | 4-5PM | Friday | REGISTER

Free and Open to the Public
June 3-4, 2016

Photos by bfreshproductions

Inviting all community members, government officials, arts organizations, artists and organizers interested in exploring the intersection of arts, community development, government, equity and innovation! The Community Forum will include a series of workshops and panel discussions examining how artists are working in City government including a closer look at Creative CityMaking Minneapolis. Hear from artists and City teams about their work in 2015-2016 and reflect on the work with national leaders including Roberto Bedoya, author of “Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging,” who has consistently supported arts-based civic engagement projects and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career.
The Creative CityMaking Community Forum will:


  • Explore the conditions that enable government and artist collaboration to create equitable systems change
  • Reflect on lessons learned from Creative CityMaking Minneapolis
  • Interact with Creative CityMaking teams
  • Share evaluation practices and findings for Creative CityMaking
  • Create a platform for dialogue about the intersection of arts + government
  • Explore how equity is informing the field of creative placemaking

Creative CityMaking Community Forum Program:

Friday, June 3, 2016 | 12-4PM
Day 1: Program + Field
This day will focus on framing the field of creative placemaking / creative placekeeping for equity, and Creative CityMaking as a program.

12-1PM - Welcome and What is Creative CityMaking?
1-2PM - Project presentations by artist/City teams
2-3PM - Pattern Spotting in Creative CityMaking by Rainbow Research
3-4PM - Keynote by Roberto Bedoya on Governance, Equity & Poetic Will
4-6PM - Happy hour at moto-i Ramen & Sake House, 2940 Lyndale Ave S. Minneapolis

Saturday, June 4, 2016 | 9AM-4PM
Day 2: Projects
Through a series of interactive workshops, this day will focus on the five Creative CityMaking projects that took place in 2015-16.

9AM: Welcome with MCs Sam Grant and Sam Ero-Phillips
9:30-10:20AM: Artist/City workshop on Electoral Engagement presented by Anissa Hollingshead and Jeremiah Bey
10:30-11:20AM: Artist/City workshop on Hearing Tenant Voices presented by Mankwe Ndosi, Reggie Prim, Kellie Jones, Fen Jeffries, and Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra
11:25-11:45AM: Community reflections
11:45AM-12:15PM: Lunch | Lunch is on us and served in the lobby and gallery!
12:20-1:10PM: Artist/City workshop on Creative Asset Mapping presented by Shá Cage, E.G. Bailey and Haila Maze
1:15-2:05PM: Artist/City workshop on Artist/City workshop on Digital Equity presented by Peter MacDonald, Elise Ebhardt, and Otto Doll
2:10-3PM: Artist/City talk on Blueprint for Equitable Engagement presented by D.A. Bullock, Ariah Fine, and Ayianna Kennerly
3:05-3:20PM: Community reflections
3:20-3:50PM: Respondent Harvest by Roberto Bedoya
3:50PM: Closing

Keynote Speaker: Roberto Bedoya will also be joining us as the Keynote speaker at the Community Forum. Roberto Bedoya is a writer and cultural activist. He is the former executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson AZ, where he has instituted the innovative P.L.A.C.E. (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative, a civic engagement/placemaking platform that supports artists’ projects that address critical community issues. He has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career. Prior to his work in the field of local arts agencies, Bedoya was the executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) from 1996 to 2001 and served as co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA. His essays U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential; Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging, and Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City have informed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. As an arts consultant he has worked on projects for Creative Capital Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Urban Institute. He has been a Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.



Learn more about the GOALS of Creative CityMaking: IntermediaArts.org/Project-Goals
Check out descriptions of the 2015/2016 Creative CityMaking Projects: IntermediaArts.org/Creative-CityMaking-Projects
Read about the 2015/2016 Creative CityMaking Artists: IntermediaArts.org/Creative-CityMaking-2015-Selected-Artists


Ariah Fine is a north Minneapolis resident and executive director of the Cleveland Neighborhood Association. A fellow in both the Bush Foundation leadership program (2014) and the Creative Community Leadership Institute (2013), he has served in several community capacities in his neighborhood from neighborhood board member to school site council, and he believes strongly in a resident- and relationship-driven approach to community organizing. Fine received a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in interdisciplinary studies which combined psychology, sociology and intercultural studies with a focus on community organizing. He is also a writer, having served as a journalist for local papers covering northside news and having written opinion pieces and a children's book. Fine's organizing work in north Minneapolis attempts to connect community in creative ways that break out of traditional public engagement formats. From pop-up storefronts to mobile block parties and community ball pits, Fine's engagement strategies are genuine and inclusive, and they build lasting change toward equity.


D.A. Bullock is an award-winning cinematographer, writer and director. His films have been a selection of The Toronto International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival; the Urbanworld Film Festival 2003 Best Film winner and a WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival Best First Feature winner. Variety acclaimed Bullock'sDark as "A contemplative, raw and moving piece ... D.A. Bullock could turn out to be a major underground American filmmaker." Using an extensive repertoire of creative and visual styles, D.A. Bullock has continued to impact the media landscape. Bullock's stories represent the voiceless, those surviving on the margins of society. In 2011 Bullock founded Bully Creative Shop, a feature film, documentary, media art and digital content social change enterprise. Through its films, social action campaigns, and digital content, Bully Creative Shop seeks to inform, entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action. Bullock was named a 2014 McKnight Foundation Media Arts Fellow. In 2015, Bullock was awarded a Forecast Public Art Jerome Planning Grant for emerging public artists and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for media arts.


E.G. Bailey is an artistic innovator who moves effortlessly among radio, film, theater, producing and live performance. He has been called one of the most prolific voices and talents in the Twin Cities and has produced countless cultural works in the Twin Cities over the last 15 years. He consults and facilitates conferences, conversations, workshops and trainings with Shá Cage through their recently launched entity 3Cs. He served as assistant director to Marion McClinton on Marcus or the Secret of Sweet, Buzzer and Othello at the Guthrie, Stick Fly at Park Square and The Road Weeps at Pillsbury House Theater. As a performer, he has appeared in spoken word commercials including Art Connects, which premiered at the 2008 B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards and was featured on the MTV, VH1, MTV Europe, CBS, NBC and other networks, in addition to being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame archived at the Modern Museum of Arts in New York. As a writer, Bailey is the winner of the Hughes Knight Diop Poetry Award, and several of his poems have been published in Solid Ground; the millennial issue of Drumvoices Revue; Warpland, a publication by the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for creative writing; and the new Blues Vision anthology.

Shá Cage is an actor, writer, activist and spoken word artist. She was named a Changemaker by the Women's Press, won a regional Emmy, received a 2011 McKnight Theater Fellowship, and received an Ivey Award in 2013. Noted theater roles include Mamie Till in Penumbra Theater's Ballad of Emmett Till, Lena in the Guthrie Theater's Clybourne Park, Venus in Frank Theater's Venus, and Josephine in Mixed Blood's Ruined. She is a founder of Mama Mosaic Theater (for women), a distinguished TCG/Fox Fellow and was commissioned to work on the MN Girls Are Not for Sale initiative.


Mankwe Ndosi is celebrated for a sound and practice that spans genres and disciplines: celebrating influences from Jazz and African legacies, Hip Hop and Soul, performance art, theater, public art and improvisation. She tours and performs nationally and internationally including recent appearances with Nicole Mitchell and Ballake Sissoko in France and Switzerland; Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston performances in the world-premier of River See, Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical-Jazz masterwork; and performances with mentor and Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) stalwart Douglas Ewart. Her studio and live work has included dates with Laurie Carlos, Ananya Dance Theater, Brother Ali and Atmosphere. Ndosi defines herself as a Culture Worker - an artist using creative practice to nurture and be useful to her community, her ancestors, and the earth. She is especially invested in bringing people together to excavate, author, and share stories. She has a history of community leadership that includes board membership, program development, teaching, designing and hosting community festivals and directing the Center for Independent Artists in South Minneapolis. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social and political theory focused on economics and women’s studies from Harvard University. She actively invests in her own skill development, including participation in leadership training programs such as Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Arts and Leadership Program, Intermedia Arts’ Creative Community Leadership Initiative, and Hope Community’s SPEAC (Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens).

For nearly two decades, Reggie Prim has worked at the intersection between civic engagement and the arts. As an independent curator, neighborhood leader and organizer, consultant, and non-profit leader, he has worked to help activate the power of the arts to bring people together across the divides of faith, ethnicity and culture. Reggie’s artistic career began as a performing artist and poet. He was trained as a dancer and worked in theater and performance art in Indianapolis. In the twin cities he has been a blogger, playwright, graphic designer, facilitator, non-profit leader, community organizer and public speaker. Reggie has led workshops, designed public arts experiences, and served on the boards of directors of a number of arts nonprofits. He served on the board of directors of Intermedia Arts and as the board chair for Kairos Alive, a leader in community-based dance. He is the curator of the community arts program at The Center For Changing Lives in Minneapolis. And from 2000 until 2007 served as community programs manager at The Walker Art Center, where he co-authored Art and Civic Engagement: Mapping The Connections - a conceptual and planning model for activating the power of art in communities.

Jeremiah Bey is a visual artist and storyteller. He was born and raised in North Minneapolis as one of four children, and credits growing up in a full house with teaching him the value of multiple perspectives, and the importance of other voices in the creative process. Jeremiah is a Givens Black Writers Fellow, a U of M Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Artists Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Grant recipient, an Intermedia Arts Creative Community Leadership Institute (CCLI) fellow, and a John Biggers Seed Project fellow. He most prides himself in his community work. He works as both an independent artist, and a Juxtaposition Arts roster artist – in both capacities, working to build the social conscience of youth and the community at large. Jeremiah has been a part of planning, and/or leading a number of community arts efforts including summer workshops at Ancestry Books and Learning Works, the POC and Indigenous Peoples’ Figure Drawings Sessions, and The Firehouse Collective – a group of community members and artists seeking to change the inequitable practices in land development. You can see his public mural work in various neighborhoods around North and South Minneapolis, including the Central neighborhood, Cedar-Riverside, and Near North.

Peter MacDonald is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Professional Degree Program in Architecture. He is a designer, sculptor, poet, social theorist, and social architect. His work explores, sustainability, community building, and how we shape our environment and how it shapes us. In 2000 he founded Peter Stafford MacDonald Residential Design Group. The firm specializes in the creation of unique, contextually sensitive single family homes in the Midwest and around the country. In 2011 Peter founded Scenius Studio. The mission of the studio is to engage in community building, explore co-creativity, and experiment with how architecture can influence social interaction.  

Kirk Washington Jr was an artist, community leader, and scholar from the North Side of Minneapolis. He lived as an artist in and worked from 3 different continents: Africa, United Kingdom, and United States. He worked to create spaces that combine art, civic engagement, proximity and scale. He worked over the last 25 years, in many different mediums and capacities: literature, theater, video, music, design, cultural theory, critique, photography, digital, sculpture, paint, bookmaking, community development, and was always looking for more ways to create. He believed the collective imagination is the path that art can offer the world. He also believed this genius happens when life societies and their citizens realize and lean into their brokenness. It is there where the wounds are that we have the highest chance to heal. He was working on a series of quarterly art festivals in Harrison Neighborhood, on the city's North Side. Creative CityMaking, our community, and our world experienced a tragic loss when artist Kirk Washington, Jr. was killed in a highway accident on April 4, 2016. A poet, performer and powerful advocate for civil rights and social action, Kirk’s memory and spirit lives on in the work he did and the relationships he built.

Creative CityMaking develops new arts-based, field-tested approaches that engage traditionally underrepresented communities and stimulate innovative thinking and practices for more responsive government. This work is increasing the capacity of the City to address inequities in political representation, housing, transportation, income, and community engagement. Creative CityMaking is a collaboration between Intermedia Arts and the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program of the City of Minneapolis. 
In its first year (2013), Creative CityMaking engaged more than 1800 people at 58 different arts-based community events in dialogue about key community and city planning issues. 90% of these respondents had never previously participated in a city planning process. In addition, many City departments, realizing the effectiveness of the Creative CityMaking model, have continued to contract with artists in planning processes outside of the Creative CityMaking program.
Building upon the Creative CityMaking strategies, the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program demonstrated that artist-driven engagement has dramatically increased the participation of young people and communities of color in its planning process; using the City's conventional survey methods, the percentage of survey respondents who were people of color was 30%; with artist involvement, the response rate from people of color rose to 60%.  


The City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program leverages the creative sector toward social and economic growth in the city of Minneapolis. The program works with the Minneapolis Arts Commission, coordinates arts and creative economy programs and activities, promotes local arts and culture, develops policy frameworks for 21st century arts economies, and collaborates on arts-based community development initiatives.

Creative CityMaking is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Kresge Foundation and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Creative CityMaking is a collaboration between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis.