Creative City Challenge Play Day invites all ages to play on the plaza July 19


Creative City Challenge Play Day invites all ages to play on the plaza July 19

MINNEAPOLIS, July 11, 2014 -- Play Day, the first of three Creative City Challenge events at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) Plazas Balancing Ground public art space, will take place on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An official event of the Minneapolis Aquatennial, Play Day offers free activities for all ages and musical performances all day on the Balancing Ground stage.

Schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. noon - Social Jam Session with Ross Hackenmiller.

This collaborative music-making event encourages attendees to pick up drums or noise makers and make some joyful noise regardless of talent.

  • Noon 2 p.m. - Amanda Lovelee and Ann Carter: Call and Answer

This activity focuses on balance and involves square dancing, hand holding and connecting. View a video of a past Call and Answer here:

  • 2 4 p.m. - Music of the Sun 

MOTS is a mobile, solar- and bicycle-powered outdoor music program celebrating the connections between summertime Minneapolis and the communities that love it.

Art projects and activities:

This event features many fun activities for all ages, including arcade games, massages, table tennis and DIY projects and games. Artists/projects include: Leonardos Basement, Temporary Table Tennis Trailer, Dosha Kitchen, Play From Scratch, Daytime Post, Arcade Backpack, Function Massage and Acupuncture, and Electric Hopscotch.

More information:

Concessions will be available. In case of inclement weather, Play 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 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 events are Discovery Day on Aug.16 and Maker Day on Sept. 13. More information about the Creative City Challenge events on the plaza can be found at


Arcade Backpack is one of the activities that can be played with at the Creative City Challenge Play Day on July 19. Photo courtesy of Northern Lights.MN.


When visitors attending events in the city have questions about where to go, what to do or just need directions, all they need to do is ask by using the Meet Minneapolis hashtag #askMPLS on social media. Staff members are on the ready to respond to questions and assist to ensure a great visitor experience for all who come to Minneapolis.


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.


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