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Creative Placemaking


Here, Now: Instructions for 'Listening'

Sunday, July 23, 2023 - 1–7 p.m.

In solidarity with WAKPA Triennial Art Festival: A free pop-up activity to encourage deep listening into the present site of the South Loop District; in the Here and Now. This activity is initiated and guided by Tara Tanagidan To Win and Sandy Spieler.

Each participant will receive a little booklet with questions/instructions for listening into various places within this site. We will collect observations at the trailhead, for a fun process, as well as holding focused intent.

Will you come and listen with us? You will be invited to use all your senses... of ears, eyes, feet, mind, and heart. Your detailed observations will be valued toward our on-going research of this place.


Artist Bios:

Tanaǧidaŋ To Wiŋ is a Dakota and Ojibwe mother. She grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She studied Dakota language and culture at Metro State University. She is the author of Takoza: Walks With the Blue Moon Girl, Animals of Khéya Wíta, and Animals of Nimaamaa-Aki. Tara is inspired by the loving hearts of her sons: she is a creator, plant medicine enthusiast, and has always loved to write. She believes in the healing power of storytelling. Sandy Spieler is a sculptor, painter, graphic artist, teacher, activist, collaborator, and perpetual student. Her work includes performances, public installations, and residencies in diverse situations. Led by reverence, awe, outrage, and love, she connects local and intimate experience with global issues, deepening a practice of inter-being.

Sandy Spieler’s vital education rises from being a mother and an active community participant. She holds an MA of Cultural Performance from Bristol University in England, served as director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the Annual Mayday Ceremony for 45 years, and was granted the McKnight Foundation’s 2014 “Distinguished Artist of the Year” award. Sandy is particularly passionate about work for the Water, and the power of Art to waken us to the ‘everyday miracle’. Her website:


This event is affiliated with the Wakpa Triennial Art Festival, presented by Public Art Saint Paul. The inaugural Wakpa Triennial Art Festival will debut June 24 – September 16, 2023 in locations in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and some satellite sites.

WAKPA Triennial Art Festival Logo
Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead