Tour 1: Artist-Municipal Partnerships: Creative CityMaking & City Artist Deep Dives (AMP)

Thursday, June 13, 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This tour is at capacity and as we do not host wait lists. Please check out our other Public Art Tours, specifically Tour 3: 38th & Chicago: How Artists are Transforming Place if you are interested in artists in community development work.

Register for a Public Art Preconference Tour to participate in an interactive learning experience out in the Twin Cities. The tours provide in-depth exploration of specific topics that are relevant to today’s public art practitioners, artists, planners, and others working at the intersection of art, policy and the built environment and civic ecosystem. Each tour includes a deep-dive grounding in the topic before heading out to explore different areas of the Twin Cities. Attendees must sign-up for a tour during the registration process.

Artist-Municipal Partnerships: Creative CityMaking & City Artist Deep Dives
Cities and towns are partnering with artists to bring new capacities to municipal government that innovate approaches to internal needs and community goals. This tour is a spicy sandwich—on the outsides, two case studies featuring nationally recognized, locally impactful, artist-municipal partnership programs—Creative CityMaking (CCM), a program administered by Minneapolis’ Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy (OACCE), and City Artist administered by Public Art Saint Paul.  In the middle, a tasty public art experience in Saint Paul!

Starting in the conference hotel, engage in a lively interview-style case study about Creative CityMaking against the backdrop of an exhibition of CCM project work. CCM works to advance the City’s goal of eliminating economic and racial disparities and stimulate innovative thinking and practices for more responsive government.  Multiple artists and municipal agency staff teams, joined by OACCE Director, Gulgun Kayim, share experience, practical advice, and provocative questions that have arisen in navigating the complexities and dynamics of their CCM partnerships and projects aimed at systems as well as agency change.

Then, hop on the bus to Saint Paul to experience creative projects by artists who partnered with the City’s Parks, Public Works, and Planning departments through Public Art Saint Paul’s City Artist program.  In the Como neighborhood, see a sculptural “Pollinator Sky Rise” that is part of Bee Real Bee Everywhere, a multi-faceted project that promotes awareness and habitat for pollinating insects in Saint Paul’s urban core. You’ll be guided by former City Artist Amanda Lovelee, PASP Executive Director Colleen Sheehy, and municipal partners - including Alice Messer, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. 

Next, move to the nearby Historic Street Car Station for the City Artist case study presentation, where the Pop Up Meeting truck makes an appearance!  This artistically wrapped electric city truck unfolds anywhere as Saint Paul’s front porch to creatively invite residents into community conversations about their needs and concerns. Then hear more about how the City Artist program has redefined the role of the artist working within city government since 2005. Artists collaborate across city agencies within City Hall to advise on major city initiatives and lead their own artistic and curatorial projects. This case study gets inside how the public-private partnership between Public Art Saint Paul and the City of Saint Paul works, the advantages of the artists’ open tenure and sometimes challenges of open-ended opportunity for partnerships with departments.

Finally, engage with case study presenters and each other about both programs as well your own experiences and questions for peer exchange.

Preparation: All tours will leave the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.


Amanda Lovelee
Parks Ambassador
Metropolitan Council
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amanda Lovelee is a visual artist currently working as the Parks Ambassador for the Met Council based in the Twin Cities. Lovelee acts as translator between government and community with the goal of creating spaces where everyone belongs. Lovelee focuses on integrating civic engagement into public decision making in meaningful ways. She is interested in how public spaces help people connect within contemporary society in ways that build strong communities. She has an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford.

Colleen Sheehy
Executive Director
Public Art Saint Paul
St. Paul, Minnesota

Since 2015, Colleen Sheehy has been Executive Director of Public Art Saint Paul, a leading public art nonprofit that partners closely with the City of Saint Paul, particularly in its City Artist Program. She has implemented new projects including Utopian Podium, The Art of Food in Frogtown and Rondo, Bee Real Bee Everywhere, and Distinguished Public Artist Annual Program.  From 2008 to 2015, she served as Director and CEO of Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, where she re-oriented the Museum to community engagement in its exhibitions, educational programs, public art, and socially engaged art. She completed a $6.5 million capital campaign for the Museum in 2012. Sheehy played a leading role in community conversations on public art and social practice and helped to pass an ordinance to establish a Public Arts Commission, on which she served. For 15 years prior, she was Director of Education at Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, where she forged collaborative models of museum education. With an MA and PhD in American Studies, she has focused her professional work on ways in which art and artists play vital roles in civic life.

D.A. Bullock
Media Artist & Community Organizer
Bully Creative Shop

D.A. Bullock is an award-winning filmmaker and social practice artist in the field of story-based activism. His films have been featured at national and international festivals including Toronto International Film Festival & Chicago International Film Festival; winner of Best Film at Urbanworld Film Festival.
In 2011 Bullock founded Bully Creative Shop, a feature film, documentary, media art and digital content social enterprise. Bullock is a 2014 McKnight IFP Media Artist Fellow, 2015 MN State Arts Board Grant recipient, 2016 Intermedia Arts / City of Minneapolis Creative Citymaking Artist, and 2017 Bush Fellowship recipient.
Bullock is currently a faculty instructor co-director of HECUA’s Making Media, Making Change course. His cinematography work can be seen currently in the ARRAY Releasing documentary film VANISHING PEARLS available on Netflix.

Gulgun Kayim
Director, Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy
City of Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gülgün has worked across sectors for many years in the fields of public art and location-based performance and directs the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy in the City of Minneapolis. She has authored book chapters, policy documents, reports and articles in the area of creative sector economics, cultural policy and cross-sector collaboration. She researches the role of narrative in the built environment with a focus on socially engaged creative practices, contested landscapes, urban planning and economic development. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Masters Degree in intercultural performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gülgün is a 2017-18 Stanford University Creative Cities Fellow and in 2014 received a public service Rising Star Award from Hamline University in recognition of the innovative Creative City Making program. Her creative work has been presented in the US, Russia, Cyprus and the UK and recognized through a number of local, national and international fellowships, awards and grants. She is a co-founder of Skewed Visions, a Minneapolis based site specific performance collective and core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces.

Ariah Fine
Artist, Neighborhood Support Specialist
Neighborhood & Community Relations, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ariah Fine is a Neighborhood Specialist at the City of Minneapolis' Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. Before working for the department, Ariah served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Neighborhood Association in North Minneapolis, was a 2015 Creative Citymaking Artist with Filmmaker D.A. Bullock, and a 2013 Bush Fellow. He lives in north Minneapolis with his two kids and works to build community, advocate for racial equity, and pursue adventures near and far.

Amelia Brown
Program Manager
Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Amelia Brown is a writer, speaker, artist and consultant with more than 20 years of community development experience spanning four continents. She earned the first and only self-designed master's degree from the University of Minnesota integrating arts, emergency management, and community development.  She managed the first Twin Cities placemaking residency while organizing community partners in the development of the Cultural Corridor to maximize arts and cultural assets and increase economic growth along the Metro Green Line light rail with Twin Cities LISC.  Amelia's presentations and articles are the first to focus on the role of arts in disaster recovery in multiple publications, conferences, and locations from New Orleans to New Zealand.  She developed the first Community Emergency Relief Fund with Springboard for the Arts to support artists response to urgent community needs with creative leadership.  As the Creative CityMaking Program Manager, she was the first to implement the program in the City of Minneapolis that partners artists with City staff to work on addressing the City's equity goals.  Amelia created  Emergency Arts to strengthen community resilience by integrating art and emergency management.

Karen Moe
Deputy Director
Neighborhood & Community Relations, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Karen Moe is currently the Deputy Director with Neighborhood and Community Relations. She joined the City with Regulatory Services in 2016. Prior to that, Karen worked at Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County and at the state association of Community Action agencies for a total of seven years, focusing primarily on energy and housing related programs. Originally from Chicago, Karen first came to the Cities to attend the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. In her free time, Karen spends her time with family and friends and enjoying all the great greenery that Minnesota offers. She lives in the Keewaydin neighborhood in a two-story duplex. Her parents live in the first floor unit (also recent immigrants from Chicago) and she lives in the second floor unit with Lula the dog and Gerald the geriatric cat who insisted on coming home with her one day from the Minneapolis Animal Care & Control.

Jeannette Rebar
Community Engagement Coordinator
Saint Paul Public Works
St. Paul, Minnesota

With more than 15 years of community engagement, strategic planning and training experience working with diverse communities, Jeannette Rebar is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Saint Paul Public Works, one of the largest departments in the city with 12 divisions and more than 350 employees. In her role, Jeannette manages and coordinates the strategic outreach and engagement efforts of the department, ranging from sharing information about specific construction projects to engaging and educating residents about city services such as recycling. During the summer, Jeannette can be found at community events like Cinco de Mayo answering questions and promoting the many job opportunities at Public Works, at busy intersections asking residents to share their thoughts on pedestrian safety, or at Safe Summer Nights helping Saint Paul residents learn more about city programs and services. Prior to working at Public Works, Jeannette was a project manager at a consulting firm helping nonprofits and political campaigns strengthen their community engagement efforts.

Anna Meyer
Artist, Neighborhood and Community Relations
Neighborhood & Community Relations, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Anna Meyer is an organizer, consultant, artist and healing practitioner who has been working in local and national LGBTQ and BIPOC communities for almost 25 years. Her experience includes two decades working with youth and families experiencing homelessness in the Twin Cities and in Washington DC, Volunteer Management and Human Resources. Anna was the Co-Owner of Cafe SouthSide. She is skilled in creating, supporting and holding space for folks to be seen, supported and resourced with an intersectional harm reduction framework. Presently, Anna is focused on healing justice within our communities and is training to be a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. She works with RARE Productions and is a fierce supporter of art, joy and expression as survival and liberation tools. She holds a B.A. in Women's Studies with an emphasis on Queer & Gender Studies from the University of MN.  Anna lives, loves and works in South Minneapolis and beyond.

Roxanne Anderson
Artist, Neighborhood and Community Relations
Neighborhood & Community Relations, Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Roxanne Anderson is a 2018 Bush Fellow. Rox is a community activist who’s been working in social service for 30 years.  Rox has been honored with the 2017 Beautiful Humans Award for BIPOC LGBTQI2S Media, 2016 Twin Cities Pride Grand Marshal, University of Minnesota’s Community Excellence Award, Lavender Magazine’s 100 Fab Community Organizer Award, Twin Cities Black Pride Community Service Award for Diversity & Inclusion and featured in Curve Magazine for community leadership. Roxanne is the Director of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, the co-founder/managing director of RARE Productions a multimedia arts and entertainment company focusing on producing and promoting queer artists of color.  Roxanne is a broadcast journalist/on air DJ with KFAI and KRSM radio stations and is a published contributing writer for Gay/Queer Scene Magazine. Rox is a skilled and highly sought facilitator, topics of expertise include LGBTQ identities, Cultural Competency, Transgender Awareness, ally-ship, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development.

Alice Messer
Landscape Architect
City of St. Paul, Department of Parks and Recreation
St. Paul, Minnesota

Alice Messer currently manages a team of landscape architects, architect, landscape designers, and management assistants for the City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. This team of thirteen is responsible for the design and construction of parkland within the City of Saint Paul, MN.  Alice has worked for the City since 2006 and finds great joy creating vibrant spaces within the city where she lives with her husband and three children. 

Alice is a graduate of Iowa State University and enjoys running, biking, and traveling. She lived overseas for a portion of her childhood in Singapore and Budapest, Hungary and strives to see as much of the world as she can in her free time.