Nature Connector Bus designed by Goodspace Murals, 2019

Art + Policy

Critical planning. Creative doing.

Policy impacts everyone. Let’s shape the future of the region, together.

Imagine 2050 is the long-range plan that sets the policy foundation for the Twin Cities region and shapes how it addresses critical issues and grows over the next 30 years. We need your help to make it happen.

We’re inviting local artists to help envision what our region’s future will look like, with two opportunities to create new, impactful artwork to celebrate Imagine 2050’s values and goals and invite public participation.

Call for Artists
Artists Witt Siasoco, Marlena Myles, and CRICE pose with their signs

Community engagement artists

Up to 10 artists or collaboratives will interpret the Imagine 2050 planning process in their chosen artistic medium, whether using dance, photography, mural, animation, performance, video, poetry, projection, installation, music, or other approach. The projects will be shared with the public in late summer or early fall 2024.

Application closed Friday, May 3, 2024.

Side view of the We Are On Dakota Land bus.

Visual artists

Visual artists or collaboratives were invited to submit project applications to create works that highlight one of the Met Council policy areas: parks, transportation, water resources, housing and land use. The designs will be showcased beginning summer 2024 throughout the Twin Cities area, including on transit bus and light rail wraps, pop-up installations, and other prominent displays.

Application closed Friday, Mar. 15 at 4 p.m.

Meet the Art + Policy team

Selected artists will work with the Met Council Art + Policy team to visualize and shape projects, including connecting with Imagine 2050 goals and values. Artists are encouraged to infuse joy and play into the progressive, forward-driven designs to inspire people in the region to engage in regional policy-making opportunities.

Amanda Lovelee

Amanda Lovelee is an artist who works in civic systems as a translator between government and community, with the goal of building equitable places where everyone belongs. Lovelee the the parks ambassador for the Met Council and previously served as the Artist in Residence for the City of Saint Paul. The creative community engagement tools Lovelee has created have been replicated across the U.S. Lovelee holds an MFA in visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in photography from University of Hartford. Lovelee has received funding from ArtPlace America, Jerome Foundation, Knight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Salzburg Global Seminar, and the NEA. She is a McKnight Visual Artist Fellow and Design for Civic Change Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Stephen Klimek

Stephen Klimek is a city building professional advancing equitable community and economic development through place-based design and planning, impact-driven projects, and systematic approaches to civic challenges. He’s a senior planner with Met Council’s Livable Communities Program and served on the board for the Association for Community Design and Creative Enterprise Zone.

Ellie Hohulin

Ellie Hohulin is an arts professional, bicycle educator, and people person who is passionate about community building, increasing access to the outdoors, and the intersection of art and public spaces. She is the creative policy fellow at the Met Council, with past experiences in social media and museums.

Erika Herrmann

Erika Herrmann has spent her career working with social-profit arts, culture, and media organizations to make connections to people and place stronger and more meaningful. Past projects include national community and civic engagement initiatives with Twin Cities PBS and American Public Media and the We Are Water MN project in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Smithsonian Institution.


Ellie Hohulin
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