Hennepin Theatre Trust is a leader of public art and placemaking in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District.

Through our public art efforts, we work with local and international artists to create arts and cultural experiences for anyone who works, plays, lives or visits downtown Minneapolis. Our work to date includes the now-iconic Bob Dylan mural by Eduardo Kobra; the pop art mural by local artist Greg Gossel; and our Made Here program, which features Minnesota-made artwork and pop-up art activities in underused public spaces.

Our placemaking projects aim to transform how people experience public spaces in WeDo. We take a glass half-full approach to this work. An alley can become a pop-up market; a sidewalk can be a gathering space with some chairs; and a blank wall can become the perfect kaleidoscope of colors for a selfie.

We know it takes a village to make downtown a destination for everyone – and the work is better and more fun when there is a diversity of voices and experiences at the table. We collaborate with arts organizations, nonprofit service providers, city officials, business leaders, artists, residents and others to uncover opportunities for more people to experience all that the WeDo MPLS Cultural District has to offer.

We appreciate your consideration applying to one of our open calls for Minnesota based creatives to continue to make a growing impact in downtown Minneapolis.

Ends on February 13, 2017


Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is accepting artists’ submissions for its upcoming spring/summer 2017 Showcase exhibition.

The Made Here Showcases temporarily fill empty storefronts and commercial spaces that are in transition with art by local artists, turning the downtown Minneapolis cultural district into a walkable urban art gallery.

The theme for the spring/summer Showcases is "Future." Artists may submit their proposals from now until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 13th. For this round, we invite artists and artist groups to submit proposals for window Showcase displays that interpret the word, "Future." Your installation might be a prediction of time yet to come, or a future you hope to see. Maybe your “future” is a commentary on time in general, the changes to our planet, society or community. Artist interpretations of what the theme means to them are open to their creativity. 

Made Here features artists who have never exhibited work as well as internationally renowned professionals.

Made Here also works hard to feature artists representing diverse communities. On average, 40 percent of our artists are from communities of color. We also aim for balanced gender representation and make it a priority to include seniors, children, artists with disabilities, LGBTQ+ artists and artists from Greater Minnesota.


All submissions will be considered, reviewed and curated by our Made Here Arts Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

  • Compelling: artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience and actively seeking to engage with the public
  • Viable: agile, adaptive, innovative and achievable with the resources, funds and spaces available
  • Relevant: responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods and landscapes
  • Quality: the work presented is of exemplary quality specifically in regards to the medium in which it is presented.

In the interest of accessibility and inclusivity, we do not require artist statements, resumes or exhibition histories to apply. Our panel curates each open call blind, meaning that panelists review the art without knowledge of artist names in an effort to produce unbiased outcomes.


To be eligible to participate in the Made Here project all artists and artist groups must be residents of Minnesota.

We are unable to accept proposals that are demonstrative, feature graphic sexual or violent imagery, include an element of live performance in or outside of the window displays, support an elected official or candidate, or invite the public inside a space at this time.


Selected proposals receive an artist stipend of $500.00. If selected, artists must submit a signed W9 form and a signed Display Terms and Conditions contract.

Upon selection, one site visit with a representative from the Public Art and Placemaking department is required to discuss and schedule your installation. Proposal materials must be created off-site then assembled in one visit with limited assistance. Each participating artist will be given one day to install their showcase with a maximum of 6 hours of assistance from the Made Here team. Work is not permitted to be made on site outside of installation times. Please refer to our current Showcases for examples of successful outcomes and available locations: madeheremn.org/showcases

*Follow this link to view the e-bookMade HereSuggestions and Support for your Successful Submission

All Showcases will be professionally photographed and featured on a dedicated page on the madeheremn.org website. The Trust will actively promote the exhibition, helping to secure earned media and sharing through its own communication channels, including emails and social media.

Each Made Here artist will be provided with access to a clean, safe commercial storefront to create your display, electrical access, extension cords, clamp lamps, light bulbs, minimal hardware and power strips, as needed. Professional installation assistance is available upon request.

There is a limited amount of technology available, which includes several flat screen TVs, projectors, reverse projection screen materials and DVD players.


January 3, 2017: Future: Made Here open call opens

January 11, 2017: INFO SESSION at 410 Gallery, 523 S. Front St., Mankato, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

January 18, 2017: INFO SESSION at Forecast Public Art, 2300 Myrtle Ave #160, St. Paul, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

January 25, 2017: INFO SESSION at West Broadway Business and Area Coalition 1011 W Broadway Ave #202, Minneapolis, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

January 27, 2017: INFO SESSION at Duluth Art Institute, 506 W Michigan St # 2, Duluth, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

January 31, 2017: INFO SESSION at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

February 13, 2017: Future: Made Here open call closes

February 28, 2017: Future: Made Here artists announced

March 15-24, 2017: Mandatory site visits completed

March 23, 2017: Installation dates begin

April 22, 2017: Installs must be completed

May 4, 2017: Future: Made Here launches, 5-8pm

September 4, 2017: Deinstallation begins

For any artist inquiries, please contact Artist Coordinator Hannah Novillo: Hannah.Novillo@hennepintheatretrust.org

Special thanks to Andersen Windows for being the presenting sponsor of Made Here with additional support from the Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis and McKnight Foundation.