It’s the People 2023-24

It's the People 2023/24 portrait collage

It’s the People is a major outdoor public art project of Hennepin Theatre Trust inspired by the people whose experiences and stories create the unique vibrancy of Hennepin Avenue. It pairs Minnesota-based fine arts portrait photographers with subjects to be featured on building-side photo banners, aiming to capture the heart and soul of the Twin Cities.

Now in its fifth year, Hennepin Theatre Trust is proud to feature a new cohort of local photographers to capture this vibrancy and display it in larger-than-life portraits that will join existing murals and public art projects within the District.

This run of It’s the People will feature artists and art groups from the Twin Cities, nominated by their photographers, who have made a positive contribution to the community through their work. Each portrait will share the theme “Network of Mutuality” coinciding with the theme of WAKPA, presented by Public Art St. Paul, June 24 – September 16, 2023. The run of show for the banner project is July 2023 through June 2024.

It’s the People supports Minnesota photographers in establishing and expanding their portfolios and careers. Our artists range from emerging to well established; some have never had a gallery show, while others have their work in major collections and museums. As a public art program, It’s the People serves to elevate both artists and subjects through a collaborative process designed to tell stories and engage the viewer in better understanding the complexity and richness of our community. The resulting portraits create bold narratives that highlight our interconnectedness, strength and resilience. This project would not be possible without the support of Clear Channel Outdoor, who graciously supports and encourages our community-building public art initiatives.

The portraits are being displayed throughout the Twin Cities on Clear Channel Outdoor billboards and in downtown Minneapolis on large-scale banners hanging at the following locations:

  • Hennepin Theatre Trust, 900 Hennepin Ave.
  • The Saloon, 830 Hennepin Ave.
  • The FAIR High School for Arts, 10 South Tenth St.
  • The historic Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave.
  • Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave.
  • MacKenzie Pub, 918 Hennepin Ave.

Participating artist projects: