Mill City Call for Artists

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Call for Artists  is Open

Project Description 

The project is a collaboration among the Mill City Museum, Stone Arch Bridge Festival, and Art To Change the World. These entities are working together to create six inclusive and impactful public art pieces to be displayed during and after the Stone Arch Bridge Festival on June 15 and June 16, 2024.

The Mill City Museum is situated on the lively Mississippi riverfront. This National Historic Landmark is part of the Minnesota Historical Society network of sites and museums. Built within the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is packed with fun for all ages.


The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a 28-year festival tradition on the Minneapolis Riverfront. It is a high energy festival featuring a combination of artist vendors, music and food situated on the west bank of the Mississippi at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.

Art to Change The World is a non-profit arts organization. Founded in 2017, ACW has earned over 400 members. 200 are artists (creatives). ACW has designed and hosted over 50 art social justice projects and events in the past 5 years. All events are free. ACW serves everyone and uses art to create a nurturing and supportive community. Educational programming reaches across culture, age, gender, experience, differently abled, neurodivergent, and the marginalized. Our Board of Directors is 50% BiPOC/LGBTQIA+ (applicants from this demographic  group will be given special consideration). ACW members are 18 – 103 years old.  Read More:

Entry Piece: Artists will design, fabricate and install an artistic street display as an “entry” and “welcome” for festival attendees to easily find the family activity area of the festival. Concept Design must feature at least one of these connections to the location: early history of Minneapolis and the riverfront, the connection of industry to the river, historical connections to water/the Mississippi, the history contained within the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Zone.

Audience Interaction Expectations. This is Educational Experience Installation: Festival attendees will be prompted to capture a visual memory or feeling they experienced and invited to express their impressions of the Heritage Zone with a drawing, poetry, or word/visual art and/or may have the opportunity to add and/or interact with the artworks.

Work Size
There will be TWO spaces for 10’ x 10’ foot works (on the stone wall) and FOUR spaces for 10’ Wide by 5′ High works (on the chain link fence). All works must be able to be hung.

Artist will also be responsible for and to:
*ACW Project Manager: Develop an artwork, artwork statement and interaction activity.
* Attend artist organizational meeting F to F
* Attend  monthly Zoom meeting check-ins
* Attend June 15 and 16, 2024 Stone Arch Festival.
*Coordinate with Mill City Staff on design, project logistics and graphic design for informational graphics to accompany the installation artwork. Artwork Statement will be printed on weather proof PVC sheets. The purpose of the statement is to provide welcoming access to all viewers.
*Cultivating a collaborative, flexible and positive relationship between project entities/teams.
*Coordinate with Mill City staff for installation and de-installation.

Project Timeline: 

March 15, 2024                  Artist Application Deadline

April 1, 2024                      Artist Notifications
April  2024                 Real Time Meeting with all collaborators

May      ???                          School Children visit with Mississippi River Pearl ?

Week of June 12                 Installation

Click Here for Application.  Due March  15
If you need help completing the application or would prefer to do it hard copy- please contact Layl Mc Dill

If you have any questions please contact Project Manager, Barbara Bridges  and Wini Froelich, Mill City Museum representative