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The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in Fall 2018 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Read more about how to comment on the revised draft plan.

NOTE CONTENT CHANGES: In response to public input, the proposed content of this policy has changed since its original draft publication on March 22, 2018. To hide or view the mark-ups click the link below.

Arts and Culture in Community Development: Build social development and healthy and resilient communities through arts and culture .

Community engagement

A growing body of research using the term “creative placemaking” demonstrates that creativity impacts livability, safety, health and community development. The results of creative placemaking activities can be dramatic and transformative for communities. This is why these Minneapolis neighborhoods use thesestrategies are used regularly by Minneapolis neighborhoods and working with an array of local artists and groups to creatively enhance public spaces and change the dynamics of their communities. A 2014 survey conducted through the City’s Creative City Roadmap Planning process demonstrated that Minneapolis residents and artists think it’s important to offer arts and cultural programs to connect people across differences and to make tangible the values and identities of their own local communities. Through the community engagement for this plan, many people acknowledged the need for public art and placemaking to focus on the arts and culture of each neighborhood and build on each community's unique diversity.

The Creative City Roadmap process also identified the need to build the sustained capacity of nonprofit and for-profit stakeholders to be successful in creative placemaking, as well as engage City departments and other government agencies in leveraging local creative sector talent and knowledge.


The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to build social development and healthy and resilient communities through arts and culture .

  1. Focus on arts and culture programs that on support and engage supporting and engaging communities of color, low income communities ,and indigenous communities and  celebrate the rich, diverse character and identities of the city's neighborhoods and cultural corridors.
  2. Create welcoming environments for connection and build connecting and building trust between Citygovernment and communities of color through arts and cultural strategies.
  3. Encourage community groups and organizations to develop public artworks that enhance the city's public realm by building their capacity and simplifying approval processes.
  4. Establish a sense of belonging by reflecting the identities of local ethnic, racial, and cultural communities in the design of public spacesart.
  5. Engage artists and community members in guiding the long-term vision and direction of the City's public art program.
  6. Encourage government partners to develop and maintain public art projects that support artists and engage the community.
  7. Encourage creative expression and placemaking on commercial and cultural corridors and in neighborhoods, parks, and public plazas.
  8. Build on the leadership of cultural organizations within the city that celebrate and promote the traditions and values of various racial and ethnic groups.
  9. Encourage non-traditional, hands-on, grassroots, and life-long arts opportunities to participate in creating art.
  10. Engage artists of color, indigenous artists, and arts and cultural organizations in leading these opportunities.
  11. Make the values and identities of all communities tangible through artistic and cultural activities and expressions. *
  12. Infuse artists in planning and to engage the community in City processes. *

*This action step was moved or removed in response to comments received or for clarification purposes.

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