Joan Vorderbruggen joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2013 and serves as director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of placemaking and a sought-after speaker and advisor.
Joan launched the Made Here storefront initiative and oversaw the creation of three murals in downtown Minneapolis, including the iconic Bob Dylan mural by internationally renowned street artist Eduardo Kobra. She was one of 23 people selected as a 2017 – 2018 Creative Community Fellow by National Arts Strategies, a member of the University of Chicago’s Place Lab where she participated in the Ethical Redevelopment Salon, a 2019 Humphrey Policy Fellow; she also serves on the Placemaking Leadership Council, an international network established by the Project for Public Spaces.
Locally, Joan serves on the board of directors of Forecast Public Art and the Salvation Army Harbor Light. She is a Minneapolis Arts Commissioner and serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Minneapolis. Joan also participates in a wide range of downtown Minneapolis planning groups as well as the Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction Stakeholder Advisory Committee.