The Minneapolis Printmaking Project was a partnership with Intermedia Arts' Creative Citymaking Project to explore Minneapolis neighborhoods through history and art. Click on the "Product" tab below to view Minneapolis teens' visual responses to what they learned about neighborhood history and urban design.
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"I really enjoyed researching at the library. It was intimidating at first, but I had never had access to those historical resources before."
This summer Intermedia Arts' Creative Citymaking artists Witt Siasoco and Mischa Kegan worked with 11 young artists in an arts focused workshop about Minneapolis history. Specific areas of focus included Downtown/the Gateway District, Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis and the West Bank neighborhood. Throughout the class, students participated in a mix of lectures, walking tours and museum visits. As a culmination of their project, students produced a series of screenprints. The Minnesota Historical Society provided content support through staff presentations, museum visits and research support.
Artists: Asiya, Dante, Emma, Finnegan, Kosar, Kya, Lydia, Mollie, Oshana, Ricardo, Shacni
Minneapolis's West Bank
The neighborhood has been a port of entry for immigrants to the city since the late 19th century. The neighborhood has long struggled with poverty and crime and was home base to hippies, protesters and countercultural activity of the 1960s and early 1970s, when it was known as the Haigh-Ashbury of the Midwest.
Minneapolis's Gateway District
The Gateway District is located in Downtown Minneapolis, between the Mississippi River and 4th Street South. In 1915, city planners built a new park, christened Gateway Park in reference to its prime location next to the railroad station. Though the park worked to add to enhance Minneapolis infrastructure and sanitize its downtown (27 saloons were closed to make way for the park, for example), vice saw a resurgence in the 1920s, with brothels disguising themselves with cigar stand and candy shop storefronts.
Soon thought of as Minneapolis's "skid row," the area saw a growth in the hobo population, flophouses, and other "disreputable" businesses during the Great Depression. Between 1959 and 1965, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority razed over 200 buildings in the district, changing its architecture and character permanently.
Date: May 2013 - July 2013
Partner(s): Intermedia Arts; Carrie Christenson; Mischa Kegan; Witt Siasoco; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Minneapolis, MN