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.”
Midway Public Art Festival Request for Proposals
The Midway Public Art Working Group is seeking public art proposals for its Public Art Festival at Hamline Park in St. Paul on June 29 from 11am-3pm. The festival will highlight the diverse range, experiences, and talents of neighborhood artists, while providing a welcoming gathering for neighborhood residents and soccer fans attending the Minnesota United game that day at Allianz Field. We are seeking 8-12 artists, who will be paid between $150-250, depending on the length of the performance participation, during the 4-hour festival.
We encourage you to define public art as broadly as possible and think outside the box. The only requirement is that the proposal must involve some sort of action, performance, or interactive component that engages with a public audience or space. In other words, visual art is acceptable if it is accompanied by some sort of interactive art-making or art-related activity. Proposals can, for example, include dance, song, live painting, miming, acrobatics, sound or light projects, projections, etc.
Our commitment to varied and diverse forms of cultural and artistic expression reinforces a further commitment to honoring the varied and diverse identities and values shaping our community. We strongly encourage proposals from those often underrepresented in the arts, and particularly encourage emerging artists, persons of color and Indigenous people to apply. Artists must live, work, or go to school in the Hamline Midway neighborhood.
MIdway Public Art Festival Participation
The Midway Public Art Working Group, Hamline Midway Coalition and the Friends of Hamline Park are co-hosting the Midway Public Art Festival at Hamline Park in St. Paul on June 29 from 11am-3pm. This festival will highlight the diverse talents of Hamline Midway neighborhood artists through interactive public art, while providing a welcoming gathering for local residents and soccer fans alike. We encourage local groups -- soccer supporters, friends, book groups, block clubs...you name it -- to create public art and actively participate in the festival, outside of the RFP process. Please fill out this form if you're interested! If you have any questions, feel free to email midwaypublicart[at]gmail[dot]com