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MADE HERE in the MEDIA

 At the Royal College of London’s 2017 Lumina Symposium, Brian Skalak used his Spirit installation to show audiences how new technologies led him discover novel ways of producing light sculptures.

March, 2017

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"Whether it’s beautifying a bus stop or giving some visual stimulation in the skyway, Spirit: Made Here and its artists add touches of art in the least expected places."

The Journal, Eric Best, December 2016

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"The Trust’s Made Here project fills windows and other underused spaces throughout WeDo twice per year with works by local artists. It has grown from visual displays in windows to live performances, artist markets, pop-up galleries and more. Made Here is among the offerings that make WeDo a more active and vibrant walkable center of arts, culture and economic activity benefitting visitors, artists, residents, businesses and property owners."

Minneapolis.orgDecember 2016

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"The seventh Made Here series kicks off this Thursday during 5 to 10 on Hennepin, a weekly happening featuring street performers, a market, live music, and food. Joan Vorderbruggen, who has tirelessly organized each event, will lead group walking tours at 6 and 7 p.m."

City PagesJessica Armbruster, December 2016

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"Launched in 2013, Made Here is now the largest project of its kind in the country. To date, there have been more than 336 window displays in downtown Minneapolis filling 16 blocks of unused commercial space twice a year."

BroadwayWorld.com, November 2016

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"Take empty windows and storefronts in downtown Minneapolis and fill them with the work of local artists to create a walkable urban art experience. That's what Hennepin Theatre Trust has been doing since 2013 with the Made Here project."

News Clip by Fox 9 MA Rosko, June 2016 

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"The Hennepin Theatre Trust is launching its sixth season of Made Here, its biannual downtown window art display — the largest initiative of its kind in the country. The latest iteration, “Represent: Made Here,” will explore themes of community, nature and social justice issues through 45 window displays and installations this spring and summer, which range from graphic art to textiles."

Journal Mpls, Eric Best, May 2016

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“I met Joan through the Made Here Project which brings artists together to create art to connect people to the local art and artists in the WeDO cultural district,” said Sikkila “We have some similar traits, and she invited me to be on her podcast, Joan of Art which, discusses art within the Twin Cities area.”

Mankato Times, Joe Steck, March 2016

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"The work the teen groups created is incredible, inspired by the Guerrilla Girls' history of activism through the arts. Content includes teen homelessness, bullying, issues with gender assignment, feminism and more," Joan Vorderbruggen, cultural district arts coordinator of the Hennepin Theatre Trust, told NBC News. 

NBC NewsFrances Kai-Hwa Wang, March 2016

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The guerrillas coming to town this week aren't of the 800-pound variety. But they do plan to throw some weight around on the local arts scene.

Star TribuneKristin Tillotson, January 2016

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"...a series of art exhibits, focused on or inspired by the anonymous activist artist consortium the Guerrilla Girls, are giving the frozen Minnesotan tundra new appeal. Dubbed the “Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover,” the event spans two months and includes more than 30 arts organizations."

VogueJulia Felsenthal, January 2016

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"Shake the January blahs as three choreographers fill the City Center Atrium with dance that dares. This lunch-hour event is the second in the Radical Recess series, sponsored by the Hennepin Theatre Trust and curated by April Sellers and Laurie Van Wieren."

City Pages, January 2016

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"Part of the trust’s Reflection: Made Here project, the series is curated by Laurie Van Wieren and April Sellers, who have chosen 10 choreographic voices to add some movement into the holiday hustle and bustle."

Star Tribune, Sheila Regan, December 2015

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"Vacant storefronts and other underused public spaces can be bleak, uninviting and off-putting. Fill them with art and the streetscape changes."

MinnPost, Pamela Espeland, December 2015

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"Over the past few years, the Made Here series has transformed downtown Minneapolis, taking empty storefronts, walls, and unused patios and turning them into works of art, creative spaces, and pop-up performance stages. The latest installment, "Reflection," will feature a fresh wave of creativity from 60 local artists and 20 students."

CityPages, Jessica Armbruster, December 2015

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"Today, the Mall of America kicked off its first-ever Fall Art + Style Series with a Light-Rail fashion show. In partnership with Made Here (a local arts organization that brings Minnesota-made artwork to empty downtown storefronts) and the MSP Airport, it took fall looks out of the mall and into the city." 

Minnesota MonthlyJahna Peloquin, September 2015

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KOBRA mural

photo credit Bailey Cahlander

"A five-story tribute to Bob Dylan is rapidly taking shape in downtown Minneapolis, where world-renowned Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra and five other painters are creating a huge multi-colored mural on the side of a building."

MPR NewsEuan Kerr, September 2015

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“We want Minneapolis to be a 24-hour city,” said Joan Vorderbruggen, arts coordinator for the district. “Arts and culture should be a part of every step you take.”

Star Tribune, Natalie Daher, August 2015

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"The mural was commissioned by the building's owner, Goldman Sachs, in an effort to help Minneapolis revitalize the area."

US News, August 2015

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"At the intersections of Nicollet and 5th, that’s not the only intersection- Intersections is the theme of this spring and summer Made Here urban walking gallery..."

Fox 9, By MA Rosko, June 2015

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“[Intersections] is something that artists who are Minnesota-based could interpret in any creative way, so we saw a lot of really cool and interesting things,” she said. “A lot of social justice issues really came out this time.”

The Journal, By Sarah McKenzie, June 2015

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“We understand that our efforts aren’t solely about decorating the downtown cultural district. We put a premium on allowing a stage for artists to create a forum for discussion about the issues our communities face.”

-MinnPostBy Pamela Espeland, June 2015

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"This week on Art Hounds: "Made Here," Contempo Physical Dance and a drive into Wisconsin for the spring "Fresh Art" tour."

-Art Hounds, May 2015

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"You have 38 reasons to go window shopping in downtown Minneapolis, and it will cost your nothing. Brilliance! Made Here is the third art exhibition to transform empty storefront windows into showcases of Minnesota-made art."

-Fox 9by M.A Rosko, January 2015

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"Moore says that Vorderbruggen contacted him a few months ago about the opportunity to show his work through the Made Here pop-up exhibit through. "She said people needed to see the work I do, and needed to hear about it," Moore says. With the objects that had been saved from last year, Moore pieced together a new installation about the struggle of racism that Moore experiences himself, and "that other people go through," he says. 

City Pagesby Sheila Regan, December 2014

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"This weekend’s weather will be delightful, not frightful, so go explore something you won’t find anywhere else on the planet: Brilliance! Made Here, an urban walking gallery in downtown Minneapolis. A project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, the nonprofit that owns the Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century theaters and is serious about making the downtown cultural district more walkable and inviting, “Brilliance!” includes nearly 40 light-filled window exhibitions created by Minnesota artists. Led by the tireless and visionary Joan Vordebruggen, who pioneered art-filled window displays in her Whittier neighborhood as a way to enliven empty storefronts, “Brilliance!” won’t try to sell you anything except a new appreciation for our local talent."

-MinnPostPamela Espeland, December 2014

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"The beauty of BRILLIANCE! Made Here MN is that each of the artists were simply asked to convey through artwork what “brilliance” means to them. This resulted in an eclectic response—more than 80 submissions trimmed down to 38 storefronts and other artistic sights like “Gingerland,” the life-size gingerbread house located near Marin on Hennepin Avenue and 9th Street."

- Downtown Council/Holidazzle VillageMark Remme, December 2014

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"If Brilliance! has any excesses, they are in that very American (or, some here would say, Texan) department of size: Its free art showcases are spread across 15 city blocks and display work by more than five dozen Minnesota artists. According to HTT, this broad swath of paintings, sculptures, interactive exhibits, and more is the largest storefront window art program in the United States. "

-Twin Cities Daily Planet, Basil Considine, November 2014

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"The downtown streetscape will be much brighter this holiday season. With Brilliance we are reclaiming an age old tradition inviting the community to come downtown to enjoy artist created window displays,” she said. “You can take a short abbreviated tour or walk the entire path of nearly 40 various showcases over 15 city blocks.” The window displays also give life to forlorn vacant spaces. The Made Here project features work by more than 60 artists from diverse backgrounds with people of color making up 46 percent of participants, she said."

-The Journal - /SW JournalSarah McKenzie, November 2014

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WCCO TV 

"Artists lit up store front windows along Hennepin Avenue downtown Friday night. Nearly 40 illuminated “art in storefront” windows were unveiled as part of Minneapolis’ new urban walking gallery.The idea is to turn the Cultural District, which stretches from the Walker Art Center to the Mississippi riverfront, into a highly walkable destination. The project,called Brilliance ! Made Here, features more than 60 Minnesota artists."

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KARE 11 TVBrilliance! Made Here clip

Brilliance! Made Here Display Open

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"Modestly touting itself as “the largest storefront art project in the entire world,” the endeavor consists of 38 displays in shop windows throughout the 15-block “cultural district” that encompasses Hennepin Avenue and nearby streets. The project involves 61 Twin Cities artists and a “bajillion lights,” said organizer Joan Vorderbruggen, who works with the Hennepin Theatre Trust. A committee of 17 artists decided on the theme and then picked the talent to make it happen."  

-Star TribuneMary Abbe, November 2014

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"Opens Friday: Empty storefronts are eyesores at any time of the year, but there is something especially dismal about vacant windows during the holiday season. In the spirit of traditional downtown holiday window shopping, Hennepin Theater Trust’s Brilliance! Made Here hopes to brighten Minneapolis this winter with the unveiling of 40 storefront window showcases featuring Minnesota artwork and talent. Sprawling 15 blocks and hitting 11 locations throughout downtown Minneapolis’s Cultural District, Brilliance! is the largest storefront window initiative in the nation."

-PIONEER PRESS, Sam Jasenosky, November 2014

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"For its third edition of storefront displays, Made Here takes on the theme of light during these dark days of winter. Nearly 40 installations will feature the efforts of local artists as they interpret illumination in different ways. Among those participating is costume designer Sonya Berlovitz, most recently known for her work with the Moving Company, and macabre aficionado and provocateur Caitlin Karolczak. Brilliance! Made Here also includes a number of collaborations, such as Asia Ward working with Keith Braafladt, and Caitlin R. Warner with Karl Unnasch. Light artist Brian Matthew Hart will be creating a work with George Wurtzel, Chuck Olsen, and Aaron Marx at Renaissance Square."

-City PagesSheila Regan, November 2014

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"While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the storefronts of Brilliance! Made Here, part of an ongoing initiative to reinvigorate Hennepin Avenue with local arts and culture. This holiday season nearly 40 storefront window “Showcases” will be on display across 15 blocks throughout downtown, mainly along Hennepin and around the City Center. The initiative is another great reminder of the continued growth of Minneapolis’ arts and culture scene, including food, which is beginning to shine a stronger spotlight on the city from a national perspective. I’ve always been proud to be a Minnesotan, and have never been more so than now. Get out there and enjoy our beautiful city, snow and all."

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Urban Walking Gallery

Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is a walkable urban art experience that connects people to local art and artists in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District.

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