Karen R. Nelson
This is the fifth round of Made Here. It will feature 45 new window displays up through March 30, 2016, featuring work by more than 60 Minnesota artists and 20 students who creatively explored the “reflection” theme through photographs, paintings, graphic art, textiles, drawings or multi-media installations.
The public launch event will feature the dance groups Black Label Movement and HIJACK, live music by the Wayzata High School String Ensemble and DJs Venus DeMars and KFAI’s Vinyl Voices. Guided walking tours of the window Showcases will begin at 7 and 8 p.m. A pilot Made Here Holiday Market will run in City Center. For more details, visit MadeHereMN.org.
Twice each year, Made Here fills windows and other underused spaces throughout the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District with art made by local artists. The project has grown from visual displays in windows to live performances, artist markets, pop-up galleries and more.
In every instance, the intent is to infuse underused public spaces with art and art-inspired experiences – and transform them with the spirit of what is possible.
Since it launched in 2013, Made Here has produced more than 180 window displays in commercial spaces, making it the largest initiative of its kind in the country. That presence has mattered. Five downtown commercial spaces that had a combined vacancy rate of more than 35 years were leased within 12 months of participating in Made Here.
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Additional Made Here elements planned for 2015-16 include:
- The Made Here Holiday Market is a pilot project featuring more than 30 artists in the City Center atrium on December 3 from 5:00-9:00 p.m., and continuing on December 10 and 17 from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- A special Made Here art gallery at the Mall of America® in the new Central Parkway Level Two section, also invites shoppers and visitors to see the sights downtown.
- A lunchtime “Radical Recess” performance series curated by dance luminaries Laurie Van Wieren and April Sellers that features 10 Minneapolis-based choreographers in four performances. The series kicks off with Black Label Movement and HIJACK at the Reflection: Made Here launch event on December 3 at Mayo Clinic Square. It continues at 12:30 p.m. with the April Sellers Dance Collective, Taja Will and Dustin Maxwell at the City Center Atrium on January 8; Ananya Dance Theater, Anna Shogren and Robert Keo at the IDS Center on February 5; and Pramila Vasudevan and Rosy Simas Dance at Loring Park on March 4.
Reflection: Made Here artists include: new media artist Kathy McTavish with a window display in the Witt Building, Kulture Klub Collaborative, Pat Benincasa, Leslie Barlow, Sara Wichterman, FAIR School, Carly Beseman and Lindsay Keating, Christopher Lutter-Gardella, Dana Sikkila, Lizardman, Brian Matthew Hart, Jes Reyes and Katie Rensch, Eddie Hoon Yang, Stephanie Glaros, Ruthie Krech, Erin Lavelle and Anthony Chapin, Inna Valin, Brian Skalak and Karrie Cooling, Tim Carroll, Rebecca Krinke and Team, Carolina Borja, Steve Merrill, Rhys Jones, Christopher Selleck, Maggie Thompson, Gillian McLaughlin, Amy Sands, Sharol Nau and Jeffrey Haddorff.
Artists at the Mall of America® include Aaron Brand, Zach Nagle, Leslie Barlow, Tara Costello, Sandi Thompson, St. Paul Slim, Christopher E. Harrison, James Wrayge, Bailey Cahlander, Maggie Thompson, The Minneapolis Beard and Moustache Club and Jim Denomie.Special thanks to presenting sponsor Andersen Windows. Additional sponsors include Mayo Clinic Square, Mall of America, BMW of Minnetonka and Dunwoody College of Technology.
HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We achieve our mission by presenting a rich mix of live performances, creating inspiring arts education experiences and advancing a thriving Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trust’s activities include presenting Broadway touring productions and the related Broadway Confidential series, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment plus educational initiatives including our SpotLight Musical Theatre Program and Critical Review, Teen Ushers, the Access Program and Family Day on Hennepin.
Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. Founded in 1903, Andersen is an international corporation employing more than 9,000 people in locations across North America, with sales worldwide. The company is committed to supporting the community, donating more than $50 million to nonprofit organizations through its foundation. Visit www.andersenwindows.com for more information.
For more information about Made Here visit MadeHereMN.org.
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