Entries for the third annual Creative City Challenge are being accepted now through Dec. 1.
The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza a temporary, destination artwork, which acts as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city as a whole and its rich cultural and natural offerings. The Plaza is a green roof that is located directly across from the MCC at 1301 Second Avenue South.
In its inaugural year, the Creative City Challenge selected the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) as the winner, and in 2014, Balancing Ground. The 2015 competition is emphasizing public participation in the design, creation and/or use of the artwork throughout the summer. This year, the competition is challenging teams to engage the broader community to participate in a meaningful way in the design, creation and/or ongoing use of the artwork.
Entries are accepted until 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. On Nov. 18, an informational session will be conducted for entrants. A panel of stakeholders will select three finalists to develop their proposals by Feb. 23, 2015. Each finalist will receive a fee of $2,500 to prepare a final proposal. A jury comprised of local and national experts will select a winner, who will be announced March 11, 2015. The commission fee for the selected project is $75,000. The winning project will be installed at the MCC Plaza in early June 2015 as a part of the annual Northern Spark festival, and remain on the Plaza throughout the summer.
Minneapolis is a city infused with creative energy. From internationally recognized theatre and world-class museums and music venues to community art projects that transform neighborhoods, the arts are a critical element of what makes Minneapolis, City by Nature, a destination of choice for convention goers and leisure travelers alike. The 2013 Minneapolis Creative Index showed that Minneapolis’ creative vitality is roughly five times above the national average and the Twin Cities metropolitan area ranks sixth in the nation for creative spending, jobs and organizational revenue.
“This year’s Creative City Challenge is an exciting opportunity for us to highlight the work of architects, artists and designers who prioritize community participation in their work,” said Gulgun Kayim, director of the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program, City of Minneapolis. “I am very excited to see how our creative community defines participation and engages the community with the plaza and the rest of the city.”
The winning Creative City Challenge project will be unveiled and featured at the opening of Northern Spark, an annual dusk-to-dawn festival with tens of thousands of participants taking place in Minneapolis on June 13, 2015.
Entries are due by 4:30 p.m. Central time on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Submission information can be found online.
Additional information is online at Minneapolis.org including an overview, details about past projects and media coverage. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.