Creative Placemaking


The Lake Street Council with the support of the McKnight Foundation and Twin Cities LISC and working with Minneapolis-based GoodSpace Murals, is seeking 10-13 artists to propose art projects for a coordinated Lake Street public artwork series. The artists chosen will engage residents, visitors, and businesses on Lake Street from December 2017 through August 2018.

Our project goals are: 

  • Create a stronger sense of place along Lake Street by drawing attention to the community’s significant cultural assets, including arts and cultural organizations, public art, gathering places, and the diverse set of businesses.
  • Attract additional visitors and residents to Lake Street.
  • Support the success of small businesses, particularly those negatively impacted by changes in the current political environment and immigration policies.
  • Develop and implement creative ideas for increasing community safety and the perception of safety.

Are you an artist that is interested in participating in our series? Read the Call for Artists below and submit an application!

Are you a business that would like to participate? Contact Allison Sharkey at 612.824.7420 or for more information! 




Project Details
Artists are invited to propose projects with approximate budgets of $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000. The proposed projects should align with one or more of the above goals and need to happen between December 2017 and August 2018. Projects may be a one-time event or may happen multiple times within the project window. We would like artists to engage with a business or businesses to enact their project. Please note in your proposal if you have a business or businesses identified and an existing relationship with that business or businesses. If not, we are able to create the connection. Any type of art project is a possibility as long as:

  • It has a Lake Street theme or
  • It happens along Long Street between the boundaries of Hiawatha Avenue and Grand Avenue. This includes within or on a business/es, or in the public space.


The Lake Street Council invites artists of all genres to apply to be a part of this project. This includes visual artists, musicians, performance artists, dancers, etc. Artists may apply as individuals or groups. Artists who live and/or work in the Lake Street community will be given preference. We encourage new/emerging artists to apply.


Selection Criteria

  • The strength of project idea and connection to stated goals.
  • The quality and relevance of artist’s past work as demonstrated in the submitted materials.
  • The strength of plan for the community component of this project.


Selection Process
The Lake Street Council will convene a selection panel with representatives from the Lake Street business and nonprofit community. After reviewing proposals, the panel will interview finalists and make the final selection.


Application Materials
Project Proposal. There are 4 parts, please label each clearly.

  1. Contact information for artist or artist team.
  2. Description of past work. Describe your medium, approach to art making, and previous experience with community and/or public artmaking (up to 250 words).
  3. Budget. Please provide a budget that details all project expenses.
  4. Project idea. Please provide a brief description of your intended project by answering the following questions (up to 500 words):
    • What is your project idea? Please be concise and to the point. Include scale and selected media.
    • What location/s on Lake Street will your project happen?
    • How does this project relate to the stated project goals?
    • What business and/or community component will the project have?

Work Samples. Provide up to 8 examples of past artworks or five minutes of video or audio of past work. Digital image files must be in .jpg format. Please label images with 1_ArtistLastName.jpg, 2_ArtistLastName.jpg, etc.

Work Samples Narrative. Describe the artwork, including the title of artwork, year completed, location, project partners, and description of project (up to 100 words per sample).


Application Process
Google Drive is our preferred method for application submissions. Please prepare the above documents and put them all in one folder labeled with your first and last name or artist team name. When your files are ready to be submitted, please share the folder with via Google Drive. If you do not use Google, please email your application materials in a single folder to

Once your folder is shared or emailed, you will not be able to make any changes to your submission. You will receive a confirmation email of your application submission within 24 hours. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017 at 11:59PM. For questions, please contact Candida Gonzalez at



  • Application deadline: September 30, 2017
  • Interviews: October 2017
  • Selected artists/teams notified by: October 30, 2017
  • Selected artists cohort gathering: November 2017
  • Projects happening: December 2017 through August 2018