Artistry's work to advocate for and facilitate public art has deepened our partnership with the City of Bloomington and helped us forge new connections with other public and private entities. Current and recent initiatives include Creative Placemaking in the South Loop, Penn American/Fresh Thyme, and Civic Plaza projects.

"Creative Placemaking" is an emerging field that works to build vibrant, distinctive, and sustainable communities through the arts. It engages artists and others in building social fabric and local economies while making physical, place-based improvements, leveraging the distinctive character and creative and cultural resources of each place.

In July 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Artistry a $100,000 “Our Town” matching grant to launch Creative Placemaking in the South Loop by preparing a long-term placemaking plan and commissioning a series of demonstration projects.

Image from the 2015 Discovery Charrette, part of  Creative Placemaking in the South Loop.

Image from the 2015 Discovery Charrette, part of Creative Placemaking in the South Loop.

 

the South Loop

The South Loop is a developing Bloomington neighborhood that is home to the Mall of America, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, 13 (and counting) hotels, four light rail transit stations, an existing residential area, and significant new development opportunities. The City of Bloomington has adopted a long-range plan to transform the South Loop into a densely-populated, walkable urban neighborhood that attracts residents, workers, hotel guests, and shoppers through its unique character and assets.

Artistry continues to partner with the City of Bloomington to bring a stronger identity, vitality, and creative energy to the South Loop district by engaging artists and other creative people.