5 to 10 on Hennepin
This summer, Hennepin Theatre Trust — in collaboration with local and national partners — created welcoming downtown experiences for all with 5 to 10 on Hennepin.
This project brought the community together to enjoy unique urban festivities, including live music, family-friendly activities, games, food and public art. The work attracted national attention, highlighting the power of the arts to spark new community connections and conversations and transform our city into a thriving, inclusive destination for everyone.
More than 1,200 people participated in 5 to 10 on Hennepin experiences throughout the summer that spanned several blocks:
- June 21: 5th and Hennepin in the Loop parking lot
- July 12: 7th and Hennepin in the Loop parking lot near the Pantages Theatre
- August 23: Parking lot adjacent to the Harbor Light Center
These programs featured live performances from over 30 local artists on our Northern Lights Stage presented by Jack Link’s.
We also transformed sidewalks along Hennepin Avenue into community spaces with regular street-level arts and cultural activities.
Strong community partnerships were key to the success of 5 to 10 on Hennepin. We worked across a wide range of sectors, integrating the diverse perspectives of local city government, social service organizations, major corporations, small businesses and cultural organizations.
Highlights of our collaborative work:
- Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (MDID) and Metro Transit supported our transformation of sidewalks into community spaces with more than 50 street performances and 28 days of chess along Hennepin Avenue.
- Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center collaborated with us and two local artists — Bianca Pettis and Erin Sayer — to create a colorful new mural on the center’s exterior walls.
- Kulture Klub Collaborative teamed up with us to curate and present more than 30 performances on our Northern Lights Stage presented by Jack Link’s and develop an enriching arts internship for one of its youth.
- Minneapolis MAD DADS partnered with us along with Harbor Light residents to conceptualize our mural project and establish a visible, positive presence at our monthly programs for everyone in the community to feel welcome and safe.
5 to 10 on Hennepin was made possible with a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant and technical assistance from Project for Public Spaces.
This project is just one of the ways the Trust is bringing vitality and positive change to downtown — and tapping into the potential of our great city through the arts.
- 5 to 10 by the Numbers
- 5 to 10 in the News
- 2017 Photo Gallery
- 2016 Photo Gallery
- 2016 Community Collaboration
5 to 10 on Hennepin is making a positive difference in our city, and people are taking note. Below, we share some of the local and national recognition the project has received:
The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (MDID) awarded the Harbor Light mural two 2017 Greening and Public Ream Awards – “Best Public Art” and “Best Public Realm Improvement.”
The Downtown Journal explores how the Trust’s newest mural inspires a sense of community for Salvation Army Harbor Light Center residents and downtown visitors.
According to Project for Public Spaces, the Trust is truly “walking the walk” of community building through the arts in downtown.
City Pages urges readers to include 5 to 10 on Hennepin in their summer plans, praising the program as both fun and good for downtown.
A Southwest Airlines profile names Joan Vorderbruggen, in her role as the Trust’s director of public art and placemaking, an important “connector” for Minneapolis, and highlights how she leverages art and community organizing to improve downtown.
The Dallas Morning News lists downtown Minneapolis’ public art as one of our city’s great tourist attractions, giving particular note to the Trust’s murals by Eduardo Kobra and Greg Gossel.
National Arts Strategies names Joan Vorderbruggen one of its 2017 – 2018 Creative Community Fellows, noting that the fellows “embody empathy in their creative work and are dedicated to their communities throughout the United States.”
The 2016 community collaboration was a six-month pilot that paired local artists with human service and community organizations to program unique activities. Meet our community collaborators from 5 to 10 on Hennepin 2016.
Kulture Klub Collaborative:
Kulture Klub Collaborative engages art and artistic practice to provide enriching multidisciplinary opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness and artists to grow individually, and to transform community. Since 1992, Kulture Klub Collaborative has been providing year-round artistic activities and workshops with artists-in-residence. Located in downtown Minneapolis, Kulture Klub brings dignity and respect to youth experiencing homelessness and to artists, populations that are both culturally neglected and separated. This effort catalyzes new relationships between art and community. Kulture Klub is a bridge for at-risk youth to move from isolation to expression, towards finding a voice of participation in their communities.
Stephanie Glaros is a teaching artist, speaker and author based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 2005 to 2012, she was the art director for Utne Reader magazine, where she developed an interest in photojournalism and realized the profound impact of storytelling. She has a BA in women’s studies from University of Montana, and an AAS in graphic design from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).
Glaros is an adjunct instructor in the graphic design department at MCTC. She also teaches workshops for the Twin Cities Media Alliance and others. In addition to her blog, Humans of Minneapolis, she has a regular column in Southwest Journal.
While working as a photojournalist for Times of India, I found my roots in listening to communities. Now through public art as social intervention, participatory urban projection and public installations, I strive to connect community and place; embedded with personal process of finding home in the USA. I strongly believe in helping community initiatives utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces. Often I use digital tools and physical collections to study locations around me and get inspired by it’s human history. As a transplant from India, I struggle to make home and often notice similar struggles among different demographics of Twin Cities residents. It drove me to create public art projects like Devices for Aerial Investigations (2012), Forward/50 (2013 onwards) and Take The Field (2014 onwards) where passersby can come together to make, relate and participate and create loops of process overtime at multiple occasions.
Rory Wakemup is a multimedia public and community artist of Anishinabe descent.
For the project, Rory partnered with MRAC, Forecast Public Art, Springboard for the Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, PCL Construction, Parsons Electric, Mystic Lake Casino, MAIC, NACDI, Native Fitness And Nutrition, MUID and MIGIZI.
Paige Dansinger creates traditional and digital artworks which reanimate the history of art. Creating the prototype #DrawArt mobile application in 2012, she established herself as a specialist in developing digital engagement experiences in museums and social media with MuseumDraw. Paige is also the Founding Director of the Minneapolis Center for Digital Art. Paige’s work bridges creative technology and the community connecting us closer together to contribute to a better world.
Her works been included in the “Gutai Card Box” at Gutai: Splendid Playground, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC, as well as performed Artist Residencies and Special Projects with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Met Museum’s Digital Media Lab, Goldstein Museum, Huntington Library, Garden and Collections, Brooklyn College, Chipstone Foundation, Worcester Art Museum, De Cordova Sculpture Park, Parthenon Reunification Colloquy at Nicholson Museum, Sydney, Museum Computer Network and Museums and the Web. Paige recently presented at Museum Computer Network, (2015), Creative Tech Week NYC, and Museums and the Web, Los Angeles, and led a MuseumDraw Public Tour at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC.
Lance Delao is a multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur living in Minneapolis. Born in Saint Paul, Delao spent time in California and Europe studying art and fashion while building his clothing brand from the ground up. Since moving back to the States two years ago, Delao continues to devote his time to learning art history and researching artists who inspire him like Roy Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. Within the past 10 years Delao has created a style of drawing that he’s coined “Skribblism.” A process that creates photo realistic drawings out of scribbled lines, he sees Skibblism as a study of how one can take ordinary materials, like sharpies and crayons, and create something realistic and yet abstract. He hopes to one day showcase work in museums and galleries around the world and to inspire people with his work.