Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue has evolved over a couple of centuries from an American Indian trail to an iconic, essential—and often contested—urban thoroughfare. Two of its modern-day major landmarks—the Walker and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—have long held a crucial interest in this place. The Walker is partnering with Hennepin Theatre Trust, Artspace, the City of Minneapolis, and the public in a yearlong Plan-It Hennepin initiative to shape the avenue’s two-mile downtown segment as a lively corridor for arts and culture.
This spring, the Talk-It Hennepin series of free events around Minneapolis brings Hennepin Avenue stakeholders together with today’s foremost thinkers and professionals in city planning and design. Topics will cover everything from Hennepin’s history and creative urban design strategies to arts-driven development, creative economies, and cultural districts around the world.
On April 26, join artist, designer, and urban planner Candy Chang at the Walker. Cofounder of the New Orleans–based studio Civic Center, Chang is dedicated to making cities more comfortable for people. Many of her projects combine street art with urban planning and social activism, sparking conversations among strangers in public places and providing people with easy and innovative ways to have a voice.
With Before I Die, she transformed an abandoned house in New Orleans into an interactive wall for residents to share their dreams; The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.” She created fill-in-the-blank I Wish This Was stickers for people to express what they want in vacant storefronts. She’s worked with communities in other metropolises around the world—including New York; Johannesburg, South Africa; Turku, Finland; Nairobi, Kenya; Vancouver, Canada; Querétaro, Mexico; Almaty, Kazakhstan—to address a range of issues from tree planting to street vendors’ rights.
Chang is a TED Senior Fellow, an Urban Innovation Fellow, and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine.