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BalconyMap_FINALExperience the vision of a vibrant River Balcony first-hand as sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathways are filled with public art, live music, great food, tasty brews and scenic views during the first-ever River Balcony Prototyping Festival on September 9 and 10, 2016.

Hosted in partnership with Music in Mears and Rhythm in Rice Production Team, the festival will kick-off with a pre-party on September 9 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook located at Kellogg Mall Park with food trucks and special performances by The Wibesman, Maria Isa, Ryan’s Liestman’s Reggae Revival, and Ipso Facto.

On Saturday, September 10 from 2:00-6:00 p.m., the areas surrounding the Science Museum of Minnesota, Kellogg Mall Park and Union Depot will feature 11 installations by 10 local artists, food trucks, multiple stages, and the Kellogg Craft Beer Overlook with special performances by Grape Whales, Alex Rossi, Communist Daughter and more.

The Prototyping Festival is a winning idea submitted by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation to the Knight Green Line Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Prototyping is the use of art, design, and social engagement to envision what a space can become and how it can serve a different role in our community. The artists were selected through an open call to demonstrate the types of activities that a River Balcony could support and include:

  • Water Source by ThreeSeven
  • Sunspot by Alyssa Baguss and Aaron Dysart
  • Dakhóta Wordscapes on the River by Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye, Healing Place Collaborative, Hamilton Ink Spot and Public Art Saint Paul
  • River Song by Trygve Nordberg, Karen Pollard and Wendie Owens
  • Cultural Exchange Market by Emily Stover
  • River Soundings by Suzanne, Tesia, and Josef Kosmalski
  • River of Birds by Kimley-Horn Landscape Architecture: Jenny Krantz, Katie Leise, Mitch Workmon, & Jacob Oswald
  • Water Bar | Healing Place by Works Progress Studio
  • Portals by Ramsey County Historical Society
  • River Rock! by Gary Johnson
  • Wrapped in Anticipation by Kimley-Horn Landscape Architecture: Jenny Krantz, Katie Leise, Mitch Workmon, and Jacob Oswald

“The community expressed a desire for a stronger connection to the Mississippi River in the Great River Passage master plan”, said Darlene Walser, executive director of Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation. “The festival is a way to begin to experience the possibilities for the future of the riverfront in Saint Paul.”

All activities are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. Attendees will be invite to share feedback through the hashtags #RiverBalconyFest on Facebook and Twitter.

The festival is hosted in partnership with the City of Saint Paul, Capitol River Council, and Public Art Saint Paul along with generous support from the Knight Foundation, Pioneer Press, Knutson Construction, Exeter Group, Mairs & Power Investment Counsel, Ramsey County, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority, Saint Paul EcoDistrict, Science Museum of Minnesota and Golden’s Lowertown.

For more information on the River Balcony Prototyping Festival, click here. To learn more about the River Balcony, visit StPaul.gov/RiverBalcony. To learn more about the Great River Passage Plan, visit greatriverpassage.org.

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Picture1How much do the developers, the policy makers, the non-profits, the media, the artists, and the people in the place, drive the definition of that place? What exactly is equity? In the historically marginalized neighborhoods that intersect Chicago Avenue and 38th Street in south Minneapolis, as it undergoes significant transformation, these questions are now more important than ever.

Join us for an open discussion with perspectives shared by Council Member Elizabeth Glidden of Ward 8, who in 2004 collaborated with residents to create a small area revitalization plan with arts as a major component, now being realized; artist Mike Hoyt, the Creative Community Liaison for Pillsbury House + Theatre and steward of Dreamsland, a vacant lot he purchased and turned into a free outdoor space where all neighbors are welcome to engage in creative exchange; and photographic public artist, Wing Young Huie, proprietor of the Third Place Gallery, opened five years ago in a building that had sat empty for 47 years, where monthly events are held featuring artists and thinkers from an array of disciplines who engage in a salon-style discussion with the audience, followed by ping-pong and karaoke.

Wednesday, April 13
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Third Place Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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Hosted in conjunction with the 5th Annual Placemaking Residency produced by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation and with generous support from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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The city’s grand vision to better connect people to Saint Paul’s 26 miles of Mississippi River Shoreline is becoming reality. From March 1 until April 1, 2016, local and national citizens and organizations are invited to submit innovative ideas to turn the River Balcony into a more engaging place for people to connect to the river and with one another.

The River Balcony is a 1.5-mile public pathway planned for the downtown Saint Paul river bluff edge from the Science Museum to Union Depot. First envisioned in Saint Paul’s Great River Passage plan, the River Balcony will form a public promenade linking key downtown development sites with restaurants, offices, shops, and open spaces that will overlook the river, and will accommodate walking, outdoors seating, gathering, and public activities.

The Prototyping Festival is hosted by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, the City of Saint Paul, Public Art Saint Paul, and the CapitolRiver Council, with support from the Knight Green Line Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The festival aims to create a more engaging and vibrant riverfront experience and connect people to the Green Line. Prototyping is the use of art, design, and social engagement to envision what a space can become and how it can serve a different role in our community.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 9.30.17 PM$25,000 is available for ideas to create installations and programming, or “prototypes.” Winning ideas will demonstrate and strengthen the relationship between the City and the Mississippi River through themes of history, culture or the environment. Submissions are open to the public and will be accepted from March 1 through April 1, 2016. Ideas can be submitted by individuals and teams. Learn more and download the RFP.

Winning ideas will be announced as part of an open house in mid-April, when the public will have the opportunity to learn more and provide feedback on ideas as part of the larger River Balcony Master Plan.

The River Balcony will then come alive during the Prototyping Festival on Saturday, September 10 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathway will be filled with temporary installations for the public to experience and enjoy.

For more information on the River Balcony Prototyping Festival, visit the website or contact Tim Griffin via email or 651-293-6860. To learn more about the River Balcony, visit StPaul.gov/RiverBalcony.

 

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The nation’s wild places – from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas – belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that African American author James Mills addresses in his book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors and the documentary film “An American Ascent“.

In partnership with the City of Saint Paul’s 8-80 Vitality Fellow and with support from BlueCross Blue Shield of Minnesota – Center for Prevention, please join us for the first gathering in our Design for Equity Residency series, as we explore creating more diverse, equitable and inclusive outdoor spaces for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Wednesday, March 2
Science Museum of Minnesota, Discovery Hall
An evening with James Edward Mills, along with Will Shafroth, CEO, National Park Foundation, and Anthony Taylor, Loppet Foundation & Major Taylor Bicycling Club (Twin Cities)

5-5:30 p.m. Reception
5:30-6:30 p.m. Presentation and Panel
6:30 p.m. Screening of “An American Ascent”

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For the past four years, renowned placemaking experts have been invited to the Twin Cities to engage community members in thinking about how we can collaboratively grow and evolve our cities as part of the Placemaking Residency and Great River Gathering. Convened by Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, this annual series is designed to inspire conversation about the future of our communities, to build stronger networks among people who care about our cities, and to realize the potential of and strengthen the Twin Cities as a world-class region.

We are pleased to announce that the 5th Annual PlacemakingResidency will explore the intersection of equity and design – a timely and crucial community conversation. Over the next five years, billions of dollars will be spent on development in the region’s built environment. How do we address the increasing economic and social disparity in our cities and how can design contribute to greater equity and opportunity for everyone? (Excerpt from Anne-Marie Lubenau/Designing for Equity)

Click to read more about the 5th Annual Placemaking Residency and Great River Gathering.

Join us March 2 for the first in our Design for Equity Residency Series
The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.

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