The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is proud to announce our 2021 Artists on Main Street projects! After receiving many strong proposals, a volunteer Public Art Review Committee (established through the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission) selected five applicants to receive $2,000 each out of the $10,000 grant budget. These five artists will spend the summer and fall implementing their creative placemaking projects in downtown Northfield!
|Project title||Lead artist||Brief summary|
|A Breath for Change||Epic Enterprise Arts Learners||A collaborative installation featuring 3-D self-portraits and birds moving among 3-D trees, culminating in an accessible and inclusive community event and exhibit at the Brick Oven Bakery.|
|Framing the Scene||Erin Ward||A free-standing, three-dimensional, mosaiced open frame to be placed along the Riverwalk area. The interactive sculpture could be used by individuals, friends, groups or families to take pictures.|
|Literary Steps||Kathy Ness||Painted replicas of children’s book spines (with titles crowdsourced from the community) on the 16 steps going up to the Division St. side of the Northfield Public Library.|
|Recipes for Life||Catherine Stricklan||A mobile screen printing workshop that will pop-up in downtown Northfield and engage the public in creating a screen printed tea towel of a beloved family recipe or treasured words of wisdom from a loved one.|
|Resilience + the Freshwater Drum Along the Cannon||Sophie Rogers||A series of workshops and installations of large, performative drawings focusing on the freshwater drum fish and the Ames Mill Dam, cultivating a dialogue on adaptability, resilience and inclusion of our interspecies communities.|
2021 program information:
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is thrilled to offer the 3rd year of the Artists on Main Street (AOMS) program, a community development initiative exploring the intersection of arts and culture, downtown revitalization, and historic preservation by investing in “creative placemaking” projects. Originally designed and funded by Rethos: Places Reimagined, Springboard for the Arts, and the Bush Foundation, the 2021 program is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.