Pop Up Meeting seeks to increase diversity and participation in Saint Paul’s urban planning process. From an artistically retrofitted city truck, Pop Up Meeting dynamically unfolds as St. Paul’s front porch to engage communities and customize civic meetings based on place and stakeholder needs. Pop Up Meeting visually and comprehensibly shares the ideas and responses of community members. In exchange for their thoughts, survey responses, or handwritten love letters to the city, participants will receive a locally made St. Pops ice pop from the brightly designed truck. Through playful engagement, Pop Up Meeting will bring the city to the people and creatively invite residents into community conversations.
Amanda Lovelee is a visual artist based in Minneapolis, MN currently working as the City Artist for Public Art Saint Paul. Lovelee acts as translator between the city’s ideas and its residents with the goal of building the city everyone wants to live in. As City Artist Lovelee has focused on engagement through both her projects Pop Up Meeting, a city popsicle truck and Urban Flower Field, a vacant lot turned gathering space/live science project. She is interested in how people connect and the spaces in which they do so within contemporary society. Her recent projects have explored a myriad of topics: the lives of beekeepers and ice fishermen, strangers’ love stories and the sociology of square dancing. Her work has been funded by the MN State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Forecast Public Art and Art Place America. She has an MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and BFA in Photography from University of Hartford.