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Named for the big park in its heart, Powderhorn is best known for the annual rite of spring that unfolds on its streets: the May Day Parade and Ceremony, under the direction of the neighborhood's venerable Heart of the Beast Theater. This spectacularly colorful grassroots spectacle, with its gigantic puppet-floats and ragtag marching bands, honors the offbeat essence of the neighborhood, which is full of immigrants, social innovators, young dreamers, and veteran activists.

Powderhorn Features

The Real-World Impacts of Creative Placemaking in MSP

NEA, ArtPlace and others have poured millions of dollars toward creative placemaking projects in the Twin Cities in recent years. What are the street-level results of those investments?

Alley Activation: Pathways to Urban Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages to become havens for pedestrians, public art and small business.

Cooking Up Entrepreneurship in Twin Cities Incubator Kitchens

Incubator or community kitchens have been gaining momentum in the Twin Cities, bringing together food entrepreneurs, ingredients, and innovation.

Joan Vorderbruggen: Reawakening Empty Storefronts to Their Community Potential

The first article in a new series on Twin Cities artists who build community, activate space, engage viewers, and stimulate interaction or dialogue with their work, and how their creative placemaking helps reveal and enhance community identity.

Ten Thousand Things: Connecting with Communities Through Imaginative Theater

The Minneapolis theater company Ten Thousand Things builds connections  both radical and backed by tradition by telling  stories for intimate and often non-traditional audiences, with the lights up and minimal staging, using the power of communal imagination.
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