Call for Public Artists

Request for Proposals

Water Works Public Art Project

Honoring two sacred Dakhóta sites, Owámniyomni and Wanáǧi Wíta

The City of Minneapolis invites public artists to apply to design and create public artwork to be incorporated into Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s new park, Water Works, located within Mill Ruins Park overlooking Saint Anthony Falls.  The artwork will celebrate the histories, languages and vibrant cultures of Indigenous and Dakhóta people and honor the two nearby sacred Dakhóta sites- Owámniyomni (St. Anthony Falls) and Wanáǧi Wíta (Spirit Island) – destroyed in the 1960”s to make way for the nearby lock and dam.  The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the design team and community to create public artwork for this new park. Some goals of the public art project include:

  • Be a welcoming and inclusive place for Dakhóta and Native people.
  • Educate people about Dakhóta history, culture and language.
  • Illuminate the significance of this sacred site and tell the stories of Indigenous people who lived and frequented this area.
  • Provide an immersive, dynamic experience and allow visitors to see themselves as part of the experience.
  • Create artwork that is powerful and instrumental to the space, rather than decorative.
  • Be thoughtfully integrate into the park’s architectural elements and landscape.

Water Works Public Art Project

We recommend you listen to the recording from the Artist Information Session held on May 13, 2021, before submitting your application. 

Questions were due to Ann Godfrey by 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021.

View the questions from applicants and their answers.

Intent to Apply deadline has been extended to June 7, 2021 at 11:00am. Intent to apply forms submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Full application deadline- uploaded to provided folder: Monday, June 7, 2021 by 4:00 p.m

Contact us

Ann Godfrey

Community Planning & Economic Development

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Talia Moorman

City Planner

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-2149

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Public Arts Administration

Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone

612-673-3006

Address

Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415