City seeks entries for 2016 Creative City Challenge

Entries are being accepted now through Monday, Sept. 28 for the fourth annual Creative City Challenge. The theme for this year’s challenge: “What will you make of the Convention Center Plaza that will become part of the unforgettable, unexpected lore of Minneapolis?”

The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza a temporary, destination artwork. The artwork should act as a sociable and participatory platform for summer-long onsite programming and encourages a sense of connectedness to the city as a whole and its rich cultural and natural offerings. The Plaza is a green roof that is located directly across from the Minneapolis Convention Center at 1301 Second Ave. S.

The challenge is presented by the Minneapolis Convention Center; the City’s Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program; and Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association

2016 theme

The Minneapolis metro area, according to the 2014 Creative Vitality Index, is the fifth most creatively vital among the most populous cities in the United States. The arts and design make tangible a city’s vitality and personality. For $75,000 and a summer of fun, what can you imagine, dream, promote, share and make that anyone who lives here or visits the city will have to see/do/experience? What is your “Spoonbridge and Cherry” for a 21st century Minneapolis? What is the hidden gem of your personal city presented to and for everyone?

Interactivity and immersion are big draws for the public. Can you harness this type of engagement to transform people’s perception of Minneapolis in 90 days? What will you make of the Convention Center Plaza that will become part of the unforgettable, unexpected lore of Minneapolis?

How to submit an entry

Entries will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. Find the submission form here.

A committee of stakeholders will select the three finalists by Oct. 16. Each finalist will receive $2,500 to prepare a final proposal. A separate jury will select the winner based on in-person presentations by the finalists, who will be announced Jan. 20, 2016. The commission fee for the selected project is $75,000.

The winning Creative City Challenge project will be unveiled and featured at the opening of Northern Spark, an annual dusk-to-dawn festival with tens of thousands of participants taking place in Minneapolis on June 11, 2016, and will remain on the Plaza throughout the summer.

2015’s winning project, mini_polis, is currently on the Plaza through Oct. 1, 2015. In its inaugural year, the Creative City Challenge selected the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) as the winner, and in 2014, Balancing Ground.

Published Aug 25, 2015

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