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.

Hennepin Theatre Trust in partnership with Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District is looking for street performers to activate Hennepin Avenue with music, dance, performance and activities! 

This summer, Street Shows will be popping up at 2 locations on Hennepin Avenue- the 800 Block of Hennepin and the corner of 7th and Hennepin. 

Along with accepting tips, confirmed street performers will be provided a stipend at the following rates of pay: 

Solo performer: $50/hr

Duo: $80/hr

Trio or larger: $90/hr

If you are interested please fill out the following information and someone will be in touch within a week or two!


Definition of detour: a deviation from a direct course or the usual procedure; especially : a roundabout way temporarily replacing part of a route 

Hennepin Theatre Trust is accepting artists’ submissions for the fall/winter 2018 Made Here Showcases.

Made Here, a project of the Trust, temporarily transforms empty storefronts and commercial spaces with art by local creatives into a walkable urban art gallery.

The theme for the fall/winter Showcases is "Detours." For this round, we invite artists and artist groups to submit proposals for window Showcase displays that interpret this theme. 

Artists and artist groups may submit their proposals from now until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 3rd.

Made Here features artists with all levels of experience — from those who have never exhibited work to internationally renowned professionals.

Made Here also features artists representing diverse communities. On average, 40 percent of Made Here 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 the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

  • Compelling: artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience and actively engaging to 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 the artists’ names in an effort to produce an unbiased selection.


For eligibility to participate in Made Here, all artists and artist groups must be current 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 to enter the space. Proposal materials must be created at an off-site location and then assembled in a single visit with limited assistance.


Each selected submission receives a stipend of $750.00. If selected, all participating 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 Trust’s Public Art and Placemaking department is required in order to discuss and schedule the timing of your installation. Each participating artist will be given one day to install his/her/their/hir Showcase with a maximum of six hours of assistance from the Made Here team. Work is not permitted onsite outside of installation times. 

Please refer to our current Made Here Showcases for examples of successful outcomes and available empty storefront and commercial locations: https://hennepintheatretrust.org/avenues-made-here/ 

*Click this link to view the e-book, Made Here: Suggestions and Support for your Successful Submission

All Showcases will be professionally photographed and featured on a dedicated page on the Hennepin Theatre Trust website (www.hennepintheatretrust.org) The Trust will actively promote the exhibition and share through its own communication channels, including emails and social media.

Each Made Here artist will be provided access to a clean, safe commercial storefront to create a Showcase with access to 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 for Showcases, including several flat screen TVs, projectors, reverse projection screen materials and DVD players.


July 2, 2018: Detours: Made Here open call begins

September 3, 2017: Detours: Made Here open call ends

September 17, 2018: Selected artists announced

December 18, 2018: Detours: Made Here launches, 5- 8 p.m.

Late March, 2019: Deinstallation of all Showcases begins

For inquiries, please contact Hannah Novillo Erickson, the Trust’s artist coordinator, at Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org

Special thanks to Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis and the McKnight Foundation for their continued support. 

Hennepin Theatre Trust