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Locals will make their mark on Wright’s Lake Park

City engages community members in artist-led mural painting parties

Bloomington, MN – From brainstorming design concepts to putting paint on canvas, the City is engaging community members in the creation of the Wright’s Lake Park mural from start to finish.

“We want to involve the community throughout the process because we want them to be invested in the mural,” said Creative Placemaking Director Alejandra Pelinka. “We hope the mural will foster community pride, beautify the area and contribute to its identity.”

The City and Artistry are partnering with GoodSpace Murals on the project because of their extensive experience building community through art. GoodSpace Murals led three visioning sessions at community events throughout the city last winter and will use the feedback gathered to design the mural. This spring and summer, they will facilitate community painting parties where the mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which will later be adhered to the wall by artists during installation in August. Bilingual staff will make it easy for more community members to be involved in the painting parties.

The Wright’s Lake Park mural will be installed on the more than 350-foot retaining wall that runs alongside State Highway 77/Cedar Avenue and faces Old Cedar Avenue and Wright’s Lake Park. It is part of the City’s neighborhood emphasis project and creative placemaking efforts in partnership with Artistry. Organizers hope the mural will discourage graffiti and highlight the new regional bike trail all while bringing new art and a sense of identity to Wright’s Lake Park. 

Greta McLain, the lead artist on the project from GoodSpace Murals, will present the mural design draft Monday, March 19, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Valley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington.

Painting parties are free and open to the public (except for the Valley View Middle School painting session). For up-to-date information, visit blm.mn/placemaking or contact 952-563-8744 or apelinka@bloomingtonmn.gov.

Painting parties schedule

(subject to change, please check website for updates)

  • Parks and Trails Legacy Fund Celebration – Noche Cultura Latina
    Friday, May 11, Muralists on site 4 – 7 p.m.
    Normandale Lake Park Bandshell, 5901 West 84th Street
  • Valley View Middle School (open to students only)
    Tuesday, May 15
  • Neighborhood Mini-Party
    Saturday, May 26, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Wright’s Lake Park, 8501 17th Avenue South
  • Arts in the Park, Continental Ballet Performance
    Tuesday, June 12th, Muralists on site 6 - 8:30 p.m.
    Normandale Lake Park Bandshell, 5901 West 84th Street
  • Wright’s Lake Park Celebration
    Saturday, June 23, Muralists on site 5 – 8 p.m.
    Wright’s Lake Park, 8501 17th Avenue South
  • Neighborhood Mini-Party
    Monday, June 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
    Wright’s Lake Park, 8501 17th Avenue South
  • Bloomington Farmers Market
    Saturday, June 30, Muralists on site 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Bloomington Civic Plaza, East Lot, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road
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About the South Loop District

South Loop is a rapidly developing neighborhood in Bloomington, which is adjacent to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, and home to Mall of America, Bloomington Central Station and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. By 2020, on a typical day South Loop there will be 6,000 residents, 9,000 hotel guests, 35,000 employees and 115,000 Mall of America visitors. For more information, visit www.bloomingtonmn.gov/development-districts/south-loop-district.

About Creative Placemaking

The City of Bloomington in partnership with Artistry are working together to build a sense of community in Bloomington’s South Loop through creative placemaking. Creative placemaking leverages the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities and towns, making use of their existing human, physical, social, and economic assets. Creative placemaking engages stakeholders, artists, and others in building social fabric and local economies while making physical place-based improvements. It highlights the distinctive character and creative and cultural resources of each place. For more information, visit www.blm.mn/placemaking.

About Artistry

Artistry is an independent nonprofit that serves a regional audience of more than 94,000 people annually. In pursuit of artistic excellence, Artistry engages the region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.

Artistry’s vision is a diverse, distinctive, and progressive community widely recognized for making art and artists essential to a vibrant social fabric and civic life.