Last week Candy spoke to Minneapolis Public Radio about how our neighborhoods can more inviting and expressive:
She was joined by Jack Becker, executive director and founder of Forecast Public Art, who has partnered with Neighborland to ask Minneapolis residents for their ideas about the future of Hennepin Avenue, as part of the Plan-It Hennepin initiative. Plan-It Hennepin is a collaboration between residents, the Hennepin Theatre Trust, the Walker Art Center, Artspace, and the City of Minneapolis to gather input and ideas to plan the re-invention of Minneapolis’ oldest street.
Now, Neighborland and Forecast Public Art are partnering to broaden the conversation. We’ve posed the question “What do you want in Minneapolis?” on large electronic billboards–allowing us to change the message over time. Instead of just asking residents to share their ideas with us, we are also sharing their ideas with folks walking around downtown!
If public space can be used for messages telling us to buy shampoo and SUVs, it should also be used to start a conversation about our communities. If you are downtown near the corner of Hennepin Avenue and 7th, stop by and share your ideas.