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Bde Maka Ska Public Art Meeting #2
February 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is partnering with the City of Minneapolis and community members to create a unique public art gathering and memorial space on the shore of Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun).
Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man) was a Dakota leader of Heyata Otunwe (Village to the Side) located southeast of the lake in the 1830s. His descendants and area community members have joined together with the MPRB and the City to commemorate Cloud Man’s village and honor the broader history and culture of the Dakota and other Indigenous peoples who frequented or resided in this area. This meaningful project grew out of MPRB’s recent public master planning process for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet and reflects the recommendations of the project’s Community Advisory Committee.
Members of the public are invited to join the meeting to help develop a site design.
The project has two interconnected components and timelines. The MPRB is funding up to $250,000 for site improvements and infrastructure to set the stage for public art. Art in Public Places is funding $225,000 for an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install public art work. Site improvements will be constructed later this year in order to capture funding sources that will sunset soon, while the public art process, which began in November of 2016, will be developed over a longer time period. The two public meetings in February will primarily address design of the site improvements.
In November 2016, the MPRB and the City met with Dakota descendants of Mahpiya Wicasta and Native American artists and writers for a visioning session which resulted in a rich dialogue about the story and meaning of this place. Stories from Mahpiya Wicasta’s descendants who live in outstate Minnesota and the Dakotas will be collected throughout the late winter and spring 2017 to help inform and inspire the artist’s work. Ron Melchert, an Oneida tribe member and local landscape architect, has teamed with Metro Blooms and joined the project to design site improvements with community input. Please join one or both community meetings to provide your ideas and feedback on this exciting project.