Public Art Working Group

As part of the Midway Murals project during the summer of 2015, which brought four beautiful murals to Snelling Ave, Hamline Midway Coalition founded a neighborhood public art working group with the help and leadership of Midway Murals project organizer, Jonathan Oppenheimer. In addition to overseeing maintenance an upkeep of the four murals along Snelling, The Midway Public Art Working Group hopes to continue the evolution of Hamline Midway as a hub for public and community-oriented art in St. Paul.

The mission of the Public Art Working Group is to “enhance livability, pride, interaction and vibrancy through public art in the Midway community, in ways that foster dialogue and connection.” 

What’s next?

The Midway Public Art Working Group and Hamline University are teaming up to splash Snelling Avenue and the Hamline Midway neighborhood with public art in 2017. Local artist Chris Baird will return to restore her mural, Picnic at Newell Park, 30 years after it first graced the corner of Snelling and Englewood Avenues. Across the street, on a Hamline University building at 742 Snelling Avenue, an emerging artist will be commissioned to create a new mural that bridges the themes of art, education, and community. An Indiegogo campaign will launch on April 11 to help fund these two projects. 


The Midway Public Art Working Group is also supporting 3 Paint the Pavement projects at local intersections in the neighborhood in 2017.


For more information, contact Jonathan Oppenheimer at