This public space is a project of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition and was created to host community events and artist led programming with the support of the organization.
The Magic Shed can be a stage, a movie screen, a pop-up shop, a kiosk, a food counter and much more. The WBC wants to help others produce their vision for Freedom Square. Send an email to [email protected] with questions and ideas.
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WEST BROADWAY BUSINESS AND AREA COALITION ANNOUNCES NEW PUBLIC PLAZA COMING TO NORTH MINNEAPOLIS THIS SUMMER
The West Broadway Coalition is excited to announce the next phase of the West Broadway Arts Initiative – the installation of a public plaza at 2034 West Broadway Ave. This city-owned lot will be transformed into an active public space for one year that will be home to artist-led programming and community events as part of the WBC’s ArtPlace grant.
Jim Terrell, Senior Project Coordinator with City of Minneapolis – Community Planning and Economic Development voiced his enthusiasm “The City of Minneapolis has a long history of working with the West Broadway Coalition to bring investment and engagement to the corridor. The West Broadway Arts Initiative’s public plaza will not only beautify and activate a city lot but also serve the growing residential communities coming to that section of West Broadway. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to seeing the neighborhood using the plaza.”
Through a rigorous process, the West Broadway Placemaking Committee
selected a visionary team that includes TEN x TEN, 4RM-ULA and Juxtaposition Arts. They are a collective of architects, landscape architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and educators with significant experience designing dynamic, immersive places and processes in the civic realm. They have a long history of working together on projects in North Minneapolis.
Said Roger Cummings, Artistic Director of Juxtaposition Arts: from the concept of activating space in your own community, it’s really important because that is self-empowering, make a place that people you know can see happening that speaks of authenticity, self-determination and creativity which is what the Northside embodies.
TEN x TEN
TEN x TEN is a landscape architecture and urban design practice. We collaborate with visionary clients and teams to co-create immersive future-focused landscapes that will adapt to social, economic and environmental transformation. TEN x TEN designs for resilience and flexibility, monitoring what makes places thrive, adapt and be loved long after they are built.
We design for people and habitats. We design to catalyze a smarter, more inspired future. Our practice explores spaces, materials, and ecologies at all scales. With extensive experience working across the disciplines of architecture, landscape and art, our work pays careful attention to craft, beauty and the various levels of temporality inherent in any landscape. Our approach elevates the everyday human experience through a deep respect for the authenticity of people, culture and ecology.
4RM-ULA is an award-winning full-service architecture firm focused on transit design, transit-oriented-development, and urban infill redevelopment. The founder, James Garrett Jr artistically deploys technology and green design principles to articulate an evolving comprehension of the 21st century city. They often collaborate on large-scale public realm projects such as the green line transit station, the Vikings Stadium, and the UMN Tate Science and Teaching Building renovation, and the Target Center renovation.
4RM-ULA also has worked on small demonstration projects working with architecture students from the university of Minnesota where they led the installation of the Millennial Bus Stop for Metro Transit and the Gen-Y Eco house for an exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair in 2013.
Juxtaposition Arts is a cultural development center rooted in north Minneapolis. They develop community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. The co-founder and artist Roger Cummings, Enviro Design Studio and architectural designer Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips and Tactical Design manager Kristen Murray, will guide youth apprentices and students to design and install several of the plaza components
About West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
The WBC’s mission is to create an inviting, distinctive, and vital West Broadway corridor and to transform North Minneapolis into a thriving economic community. Since 2007, WBC has been building the capacity of businesses and entrepreneurs, highlighting the positive business and cultural assets of North Minneapolis, and engaging the resident and business community in the transformation of the West Broadway commercial corridor. www.westbroadway.org
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration of foundations, banks, and federal agencies that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Visit www.artplaceamerica.org
for more information.