Going Where The People Are

One successful practice for community engagement that the Creative CityMaking artists and planners have identified is going where people are already gathered. This allows the teams to engage creatively with traditionally underrepresented communities in City planning processes.  Each team has participated in community festivals, block parties, Open Streets events, summer camps, ribbon cuttings, art crawls, and church BBQs to ask the larger community about their long term vision for the City.  They have also been to bars, bus stops, classrooms, and street corners to talk to the public about their vision.

Creative CityMaking Artists, Sam Ero Phillips, Caroline Kent, and Roger Cummings, developed a zine to ask people their opinion about the Linden Hills neighborhood and to ask people about their own background and story as part of that engagement. They distributed the zine at a neighborhood festival, in pop-up lending libraries and to passers-by on the street.

This is one page from the zine that asks people where they live in the City.

This is one page from the zine that asks people where they live in the City.

This Zine was created for the Linden Hills Small Area Plan community engagement process to ask the community about their vision and relationship to Linden Hills.

This pages asks the community what their relationship is to Linden Hills and illustrates how many points of connection there are to a place.

Artists Wing Young Huie and Ashley Hanson in collaboration with Planner Jim Voll have staged pop-up “Third Place” Galleries as part of their sharing and engagement with the community.

ASHLEY HANSON: We had our first pop-up gallery as a part of FLOW – an art crawl in North Minneapolis. We were stationed at the old American Legion building on Broadway in Emerson, near Penn. We have been compiling all of our data thus far, that was put on display at the pop-up and we captured participants’ responses to the images. We also engaged performance artists from the North Side and set up ping-pong engagement, where participants wrote their questions on a ping-pong ball and their answers on a chalkboard. It was great to be stationed in one place for two full days of programming to get a lot of good information.


Pop-up Third Place gallery performances at FLOW in a vacant building on Penn Ave N.

Photos by Justin Sengly


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