Creative City Challenge Discovery Day invites exploration on the plaza Aug. 16





Creative City Challenge Discovery Day invites exploration on the plaza Aug. 16


MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 11, 2014 -- Discovery Day, the second of three Creative City Challenge events at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) Plazas Balancing Ground public art space, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discovery Day offers free activities for all ages and performances on the Balancing Ground stage, and is a chance to explore new ideas and discover new ways of experiencing the environment around you, from a cell phone-based mystery to milkweed plants.


Performances on the Balancing Ground stage:


The Eclectic Ensemble

The music of The Eclectic Ensemble occupies a middle ground between abstract and popular, familiar enough that people can relate but unique to the point of being unpredictable. It is an instrumental music that sparks the imagination of the audience through an unusual arrangement of rhythm, timing, texture and presentation. A different kind of music without a preconceived role.


Leah Nelson, Discover Dance Steps

Join Leah Nelson as she improvises modern dance to a variety of musical styles from hip hop, to funk, to soul. Discover new ways to move your body as you learn new dance steps from many dance traditions.


Projects and activities:

This free event features many fun activities for all ages, including Dowsing the Plaza (Philip Blackburn), Buttons of Eclectic Mystery Music (Tim Donahue), Big Red Party Button (Justin Heideman), The Land of Parcheesopoly (Robyn Hendrix), sPARKit Mobile Unit (Soozin Hirschmugl), Mobile JXTA (Juxtaposition Arts), Pollination Education Station (Amanda Lovelee) and Mystery Phone; Art of Darkness (Monkey with a Moustache). Detailed descriptions for these projects are at


More information:

Concessions will be available. In case of inclement weather, Discovery Day will be moved under the front entrance arcade of the Convention Center, located at 1301 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis. Severe weather cancellations will be announced at www.minneapolisconventioncente... and via social media.


Balancing Ground is the 2014 winner of Creative City Challenge created by Amanda Lovelee, Christopher Field, Kyle Waites and Sarah West. Creative City Challenge is an annual competition for individuals of all backgrounds to create and install a public artwork at the MCC Plaza for display throughout the summer. Balancing Ground debuted June 14 and will be available for viewing and interaction through early October.


The next Creative City Challenge event is Maker Day on Sept. 13. More information about the Creative City Challenge events on the plaza can be found at



Pollination Education Station by Amanda Lovelee can be discovered at at the Creative City Challenge Discovery Day on Aug. 16. Photo courtesy of Northern Lights.MN.



The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) is the largest indoor, contiguous, convention center in the Upper Midwest with over 1.5 million visitors annually, including 250,000 during the summer months. The MCC is more than a meeting place. It's more than a show space. It's a building all about building something elserelationships. A blend of form and function, the MCC provides aesthetically pleasing and innovative solutions for a variety of conferences, trade shows and events. With nearly 480,000 square feet of trade show space, 87 column-free conference meeting rooms, a 28,000-square-foot ballroom, and an auditorium with superb production and flexible technology options, the facility can handle any event from a small meeting to a large convention or trade show.



The Arts, Culture and Creative Economy program is an initiative of the City Coordinator's office established August 2011 to leverage the creative sector towards strengthening social and economic growth in the City of Minneapolis. The goals of the program are to: promote and coordinate City resources to develop the arts as an economic generator in alignment the City Goal "art and artists are economic drivers in and of themselves, to stimulate cross-sector collaboration to strengthen the arts economy and community in Minneapolis and provide presence and visibility for the creative sector in the City of Minneapolis.



Northern is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to artists working innovatively in the public sphere, exploring expanded possibilities for civic engagement and encourages pluralistic community. They produce Northern Spark and Creative City Challenge plaza events.



Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes and sells the Minneapolis area as a destination for conventions and meetings, works to maximize the visitor experience and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to maximize the economic benefit of the greater Minneapolis area.


Meet Minneapolis is accredited by the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) of the Destination Marketing Association International.


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Kristen Montag, media & communication manager, 612.767.8038,, Minneapolis_PR on Twitter.