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It is true what people say, that art can heal. But what if art can do more than that? Above and beyond that old maxim, a platform for the arts can bring a whole community malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy to the table. The hennepin theatre trust is exploring the intersection of public malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy space, social justice, and local creativity as it works to improve the historic malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy hennepin theatre district. Surpassing even the most ambitious examples of creative placemaking, the hennepin theatre trust made a journey from “talking the talk” to truly “walking the walk” of community-building through the arts.

Despite the presence of grand theatres boasting broadway musicals alongside malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy music venues played by homegrown legends like bob dylan and malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy prince, even locals consider parts of west downtown minneapolis to be malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy unsafe. So naturally, when the hennepin theatre trust (HTT) was awarded the southwest airlines heart of the community grant malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy to bring new life to the area, the first thought was to make the area more comfortable malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy and appealing to theatre-goers. With spaces that encourage ticket-holders to stick around for a drink or some shopping, the area could shrug off its unsavory reputation and become malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy a hot spot once more.

Holding this goal in mind, in august of 2016, the hennepin theatre trust and PPS kicked off the 5 malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy to 10 on hennepin program. Sponsoring events on sidewalks and in parking lots along the malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy theatre district, the plan was to bring the arts off stage and malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy into the community. The events activated the streets with live music, artists’ markets, and food—a first step toward generating trust among individuals and organizations malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy in the theatre district.

However, it soon became clear that the vision of making hennepin malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy avenue more appealing to theatre-goers was not looking at the whole picture. Just down the street from hennepin’s historic theatres is the harbor light shelter, one of the largest shelters in the midwest for those malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy experiencing homelessness. Because harbor light closes its doors early each morning, many residents of the shelter depend on outdoor spaces in malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy the west downtown area. Making hennepin avenue safer and livelier was not, then, only a question of engaging theatre-goers; it was a matter of actively including the voices of malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy local people experiencing homelessness who rely on hennepin avenue to malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy be a safe haven. HTT began to lift the curtain on who uses public malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy spaces in west downtown minneapolis, and why.

Theatre organizations are always looking to break the fourth wall, focusing on outreach for better audience engagement. The strategy of least resistance is often focused on tickets, with the distribution of free seats seen as the best malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy way to establish more diverse audiences. But, the value placed on filling seats alone leads arts organizations malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy to lose sight of the needs of the broader community. Recognizing this, HTT brought on local partners to get a better look malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy at inclusive outreach. The MAD DADS, a trusted local group that maintains an active presence in malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy engaging at-risk and homeless youth in public spaces around minneapolis, brought their grassroots approach to establishing a place of welcoming malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy and safety for everyone.

The kulture klub collaborative, which provides arts programming to these same groups of young malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy people, encouraged marginalized groups to express themselves in ways they hadn’t been able to before. These three groups were natural collaborators; a shared interest in supporting “the last, the lost, and the least” planted the seeds for a partnership to flourish and evolve. Soon, the partners started their joint projects to energize hennepin avenue. As noted by VJ smith of MAD DADS: “just investing in police, and just investing in more security, and just investing in more cameras is not the option.” the partners knew that the hennepin avenue area was already malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy filled with talent and energy. A mobile stage, artist market, artist stipend, and a multi-block “roaming street festival” grabbed the attention of the neighborhood, with young people from the kulture klub collaborative given the malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy chance to perform and express themselves. This august, the partners unveiled two new murals, celebrating the project with a festival that showed off the malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy renewed spirit of hennepin avenue. Real conversations have begun between local partners and the people malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy living in the area.

The process unleashed the arts, and with it, the voice of the hennepin avenue community. Hennepin theatre trust CEO mark nerenhausen remarked that “this isn’t something we did for the community; this is something we did with the community.” to culminate the heart of the community grant period, as the second largest state fair in the united states malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy opened its gates this august to celebrate summertime and show malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy off the best of local agriculture, the nearby west downtown minneapolis community had a celebration of malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy its own. As part of the 5 to 10 on hennepin event malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy series, the parking lot adjacent to harbor light became a block malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy party, with two new murals by local artists unveiled by the malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy end of the night. The celebration brought everyone together, with familiar figures from MAD DADS chatting with local police malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy officers, and aspiring musicians from the kulture klub collaborative taking the malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy stage. For an evening, the parking lot became what the hennepin theatre trust had malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy hoped for in the first place: a safe haven to enjoy each other’s presence and creativity.

Hennepin avenue is becoming more than the sum of its malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy parts; beyond a strip of historic theatres, it is becoming an inclusive community centered on the arts. Changing the perception of a place that the public has malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy deemed unsafe is no small feat, but the heart of the community project in minneapolis has malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy shown that when everyone has a stake in improving their malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy neighborhood, anything is possible. Now, a welcoming space is giving the community a safe place malignant fibrous histiocytoma chemotherapy to thrive through creativity and the arts. Perhaps it’s said best in the new harbor light mural, which features the familiar bob dylan lyrics: “come in, she said, I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”

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