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.
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.
- A new City development paradigm that integrates art and arts experiences into the design of public spaces and infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, utilities, parks) and private improvements (buildings, signs, parking areas).
- Growth of Artistry’s capacity to engage larger and more diverse audiences and to incorporate public art and placemaking into our programming.
- A replicable model for using creative placemaking in a suburban context. Most creative placemaking efforts take place in denser, older, urban neighborhoods or downtowns. Through this project, we can demonstrate how creative placemaking works when “starting from scratch” in the suburbs.
- A more livable, vibrant, and beautiful community for the South Loop’s current residents, workers, and visitors, and the larger populations projected in the coming decades.
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.
- Utility box projects are complete! Read the October 13 press release about this project.
- Erik Sletten (Lindau Ln and 30th Ave)
- Jesse Golfis (28th Ave and E. Old Shakopee Rd)
- Teresa Cox (Killebrew Dr and 22nd Ave)
- Coming soon: Art Gate by sculptor Alexander Tylevich, coming in spring 2017 to 24th Ave and Lindau Ln
To learn about past projects, visit the Project Archive.