Joan Vorderbruggen

Director of Placemaking and Public Art

Joan Vorderbruggen joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2013 and serves as director of placemaking and public art. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of placemaking and a sought-after speaker and advisor.

Joan launched our Made Here public art 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 and will join a national network of change makers. Joan is also a member of the University of Chicago’s Place Lab, where she participates in the Ethical Redevelopment Salon, and 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, Minneapolis Mad Dads 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, and has been selected to participate in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Policy Fellows program, one of the most highly regarded public affairs leadership programs in the country.