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“It’s the People” public art project

Now in its fourth year, It’s the People complements our existing murals and public art projects in the downtown area, building connections and highlighting our community.

“We are excited about what It’s the People brings to the Hennepin Theatre District, which is one of Minneapolis’ most historic and vibrant neighborhoods,” says Mark Nerenhausen, president, and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust.

These captivating images showcase the stories of the individuals and organizations who make Hennepin Avenue a unique and meaningful place. Our theme for this year’s series is “Past, Present and Future,” as we celebrate our centennial year. Portraits for this year include Hennepin Theatre Trust founding members, arts leaders creating programming with youth experiencing homelessness, concert venue staff, indigenous restauranteurs, student artists, queer leaders, and an independent journalist. Our subjects represent our dynamic community as it moves into the future, while also exploring its humanity, and those who are often overlooked. It’s the People also provides an inclusive platform to uplift talented Minnesota artists who represent our state in all its diversity, prominently placing their voices and visions in public spaces, humanizing the built environment.

The portraits are being displayed in downtown Minneapolis on Clear Channel Outdoor billboards and 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.
  • City Center, 33 South Sixth St.
  • The historic Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave.
  • Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave.
  • MacKenzie Pub, 918 Hennepin Ave.

“We’re excited to again bring It’s the People to life in downtown Minneapolis,” said Stephen Glynn, Managing Director and Minnesota-Northern Plains Market Head at UBS Wealth Management USA. “This public art initiative truly reflects our aim of provoking thought and discussion while being inspirational. We’re honored to play a role in establishing the Hennepin Theatre District as a Minnesota destination for arts and culture.”

Participating artists:

In memoriam: