“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 Avenue
“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.”
Ethan Aaro Jones is an artist currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is known for his color photographs which explore ideas of solitude, human disposition and perspective.
Nemuel Sereti is a Kenyan photographer based in Minneapolis who loves to capture the raw emotions of the subjects he photographs, using his art to make meta statements about life.
Pao Houa Her is a visual artist living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She works across multiple genres and technologies of photography to address Hmong identity and related notions of desire and belonging within the Hmong American community.
Self-taught Ghanaian-American photographer Reggie Agyen-Boateng has always been dedicated to expressing his vision through the camera. Whether through portraits, natural shots, or landscape images, the Minneapolis-based artist captures and shares his unique perspective through his camera lens.
Ryan Coit is an international photographer who explores the human form and the world. For the past several years, his life and photography have been influenced by his involvement in the LGBTQ+ community.
Selma Fernández Richter is a Mexican visual artist based in Minneapolis. Her work explores personal reflections and narratives that examine the degrees, values and intersections of living and working as an immigrant, artist, mother and member of a bi-cultural family.
This year for "It's the People," teaching artist Kristine Heykants led high school students from The FAIR High School for the Arts in exploring a theme of “Emergence” through the lens of photography.
Dave was a third-generation theatre worker, and in a career that spanned more than 40 years, he was pivotal in the renovations of the Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres. At the time of his retirement, he was the Stage Manager and Technical Director of the Orpheum Theatre.