In the South Loop:

In 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.

NEW! Now Accepting Applications!


ARTBOXES - creative, exciting, and appealing objects of art that enhance the district’s character and vitality. 

Designs play with the three-dimensional rectangular shape of the box, respond to the specific location, or reflect the past, present or future of the South Loop District. Some boxes also incorporate sculptural elements or extensions. As many other communities have discovered, transforming utility boxes into vehicles for artistic expression has produced several benefits: reducing graffiti, beautifying neighborhoods, and creating elements of surprise and delight.

Past ARTBOX projects include: 2 boxes at Killebrew Drive & 22nd Avenue by artist Teresa Cox; 5 boxes at Lindau Lane & 30th Avenue by artist Erik Sletten; and 1 box at E. Old Shakopee Road & 28th Avenue by artist Jesse Golfis.

Call for Creative Spark applications: Submit your idea for a creative project or event!

Artistry and the City of Bloomington announce an exciting opportunity for creative people of all backgrounds to apply for stipends of $500 to $5,000 to engage the public through arts, culture, and other creative projects in our City's South Loop district.

A Creative Spark Projects review panel seeks proposals for projects that will engage South Loop residents, workers, and visitors in creative ways that may be temporary, experiential, semi-permanent, or permanent. Projects must take place at one or more of the following South Loop sites: the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and public trails, Bloomington Central Station Park, River Ridge Playlot, and Old Cedar Bridge.

Applications are due by August 17. Seven finalists will be announced by September 7, with four projects selected by October 15. Projects will take place in 2019.

Two information sessions provide more detailed information on the Creative Spark program and a chance to share your Spark idea and receive feedback:



Read: The Plan for Creative Placemaking in the South Loop
Read: Appendices for Creative Placemaking in the South Loop
Visit: City of Bloomington Creative Placemaking Commission website

Creative Placemaking in the South Loop is a project of Artistry and the City of Bloomington. The first 18 months of the project was funded by an “Our Town” matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant outcomes included the development of a long-term creative placemaking plan for the South Loop and a series of demonstration projects. Artistry and the City are grateful to our project partners, including the Mall of America, McGough, Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau, and others. The project was managed by a team of artists and planners with Creative Community Builders.

Project Goals:


South Loop project updates:

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.

Fall 2016


To learn about past projects, visit the Project Archive.

Diagram of the South Loop district