Thursday, November 28, 2013


Here's the final drawing.  Check out this post for insight into our process.


Here's Asiaya drawing with the Mobile Tracing Unit in the gallery.  I really wanted to bring the "on the street" interaction to Intermedia.  Originally I was going to put a photo on the wall that could be traced, but I think I came up with a better, more interactive experience.  I hooked up a projector, so participants can pick out a property that would like to draw. The photos are 50 properties that were identified in the City's Historic Capstone Report.  By doing a drawing, the participant is essentially voting for a property that they would like the City to take a closer look at preserving. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Historic Preservation Poster

Leading up to the exhibition Joe and I worked on a pamphlet that highlighted the City's criteria for designating historic properties. This is the printed version. 

I also worked with the talented Shannon Joyce at Leg Up Studio to do a limited edition screenprint that was available at the opening.

Monday, November 18, 2013


Mischa and I are creating a drawing using photos of potentially historic properties. The properties were identified by in a recently published report created by Stark Preservation Planning in coordination with the City of Minneapolis. The report summarizes 10 years worth of historic surveys conducted by the City. The results outlined 523 individual properties (excluding already designated landmarks) and 55 districts as having potential significance. Based on the property’s land use features and anticipated growth, as well as meeting one or more of the City’s heritage preservation goals, 101 properties have been identified in the Evaluation as endangered. 

The drawing that we have been working on depicts these properties. The buildings closer to the center of the drawing are more endangered according to the outlined criteria (land use, growth, and preservation goals).

We are using a couple projectors to trace the buildings.  Thanks to Aaron Marx and Minneapolis Art on Wheels for loaning us the equipment.

Here's the progress from Day 1

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Installation Day

Went out today to install the art in the storefronts. Here's some photos of the participating storefronts.

We also managed to work Tom's Style and Tan to get a billboard up for the run of the project!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Hittin' the Streets

Today Mischa and I hit the streets to talk to Central Avenue business owners about participating in the students' Storefront art exhibition. Going into this project, I knew community outreach took a lot of time, but always takes more time that you allocate.

Here's a photo of me talking to Sandy, the owner of Karta Thai. Excited to report that Sandy said yes.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Students at the Heritage Preservation Committee Meeting

Today, Joe, Dante, Asiaya, Ricardo and I gave a presentation to the Heritage Preservation Committee about the work that we have been doing as a part of the Creative Citymaking Project.  Joe presented the findings from the Historic Capstone Study created by Stark Preservation

This was a great way for the students to experience how their work relates to city processes. The HPC oversees the majority of the preservation efforts in the city.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Edison BBQ

Took the Mobile Tracing Unit and the kiosks to the Edison BBQ tonight.  It was a great opportunity for a lot of the students show their artwork to friends and family.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Paint Job

Mischa and I painted the kiosks today to match the Mobile Tracing Unit. I don't think you can go wrong with stripes.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

West Bank Music Festival

We finally got everything together, loaded up my scion, and set up shop at the West Bank Music Festival. Here's some photos from the event.

Thrilled that the kiosks were being used as chairs and shade.

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Final Prints!

Emma Johnston

Mollie Hinderaker

Dante Davison

Asiya Youngmark

Oshana Reich

Ricardo Colin

Lydia Sharpe

Finnnegan Roy-Nyline

Kya White