Appointed by the City Council and Artistry Board, the Creative Placemaking Commission advises the City Council on using arts, design, culture and creativity to help accomplish the City’s goals for change, growth and transformation of the South Loop District in a way that also builds character and quality of place in Bloomington. In the future, the Council intends to extend creative placemaking to all of Bloomington.
The Creative Placemaking Commission:
Establishes strategies and approves work plans for Bloomington’s creative placemaking initiatives;
Promotes and markets placemaking activities in Bloomington to residents, visitors, employers, developers, and the media;
Adopts decision making criteria and processes for use of resources and project selection;
Cultivates relationships with project hosts, placemaking partner organizations and artists;
Reviews placemaking proposals and makes recommendations;
Submits annual work plans and progress reports to the City Council and Artistry Board of Directors.
The Creative Placemaking Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of each month from 5 p.m - 7 p.m, unless otherwise noted. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, meetings may be canceled or held virtually. Instructions to listen to virtual meetings will be posted on the agenda in the agenda management system. View the full schedule in the PDF link below.
Please note - August 3, 2022 Creative Placemaking Commission meeting has been cancelled.
Agendas and documents - Browse for meetings that are posted each month. Agendas and approved minutes are added as they become available.
The South Loop is home to Mall of America, Bloomington Central Station and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and adjacent to the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. By 2020, on a typical day the South Loop will have 6,000 residents, 9,000 hotel guests, 35,000 employees and 115,000 Mall of America visitors.
The Creative Placemaking Commission consists of nine members, six members appointed by the City Council and three members appointed by the Artistry Board of Directors.
At least five of the nine members shall be residents of Bloomington.
Members may also be City Council members, Artistry Board members, or Artistry staff.
For the initial appointments in 2016, three of the Commission members will be appointed for a one-year term; three of the Commission members will be appointed for two-year terms and three of the Commission members will be appointed for three-year terms. After the first round of appointments, terms will be three years.
Artists are welcome to apply, but should note that any individuals serving on the Commission will not be eligible to apply for creative placemaking or public art projects.
Bloomington’s Director of Creative Placemaking will provide staff support to the Commission.