Creative City Challenge seeks proposals


2018 Creative City Challenge Winner, Carry On Homes, at the Opening Ceremony of Northern Spark 2018. Photo: Sean Smuda.

The annual City of Minneapolis Creative City Challenge competition will be sited at The Commons, the 4.2 acre public green space and an anchor in the Downtown East area transformation for the third year. The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with Green Minneapolis and Northern and the Northern Spark festival, announce the seventh annual Creative City Challenge based on the theme of We Are Here.  

Entries are being accepted now through November 26, 2018

The Creative City Challenge is conceived as a showcase for local creative talent: Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install a temporary, destination artwork, which acts as a sociable and participatory platform for 4 months.

Three finalists will receive $2,500 to create full proposals. The winning Creative City Challenge proposal will receive a $50,000 commission to execute the project.

We Are Here with the subthemes Resilience, Renewal & Regeneration was generated through responses from community members in the places where Northern Spark 2019 is taking place –Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul and the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis in addition to the Commons in downtown Minneapolis. The responses were molded into this theme by the collective voices of the Program Council, a group of nine artists of color working with Northern Lights to think differently and more rigorously about how to address tough challenges of access and opportunities in all aspects of the organization.

The Creative City Challenge is open to any artist living in Minnesota. For teams, the lead artist and at least 50% of the team must live in Minnesota.

Entries are accepted until 9:00 p.m. CST, November 26, 2018.  A committee of stakeholders will select three finalists by December 5. A separate jury will select the winner based on in-person presentations by the finalists on or around January 28. 

The winning Creative City Challenge project will be unveiled and featured at the opening of Northern Spark, an annual late-night festival with tens of thousands of participants, taking place in Minneapolis and St. Paul on June 14 and 15, 2019, and will remain in The Commons through October 15.

For much more information on how to apply and site specific considerations, view the full open call here.
Email [email protected] with questions. 

Past Creative City Challenge Winners

Information about the 2018 Creative City Challenge winner Carry On Homes is here. 2017’s winning project Orbacles can be found here and 2016’s winning project Wolf and Moose here. The Creative City Challenge was developed as a project of the Minneapolis Convention Center in 2013, its inaugural year, the Creative City Challenge selected the Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI) as the winner, Balancing Ground in 2014 and mini_polis in 2015.

The Creative City Challenge is produced by Northern in partnership with the Art, Culture and Creative Economy program of the City of Minneapolis,  Green Minneapolis and The Commons

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Oct 12th 2018

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Nov 26th 2018, 9:00pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists