To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we’ll be sharing 30 facts throughout the year about Public Art Saint Paul. A few will be familiar, a few might blow your mind, but all will spotlight the incredible impact this organization has had on the City over the past 30 years. Check back for weekly updates!
Did you know…
#1: It all began in 1987 when art consultant and passionate Saint Paul advocate Christine Podas-Larson recognized the need for art to play a greater role in the civic life and public space of the City. She got to work, gathered partners and friends, and launched Saint Paul Public Art.
#2: We’re celebrating…The late 1980s and early 1990s when artists Brad Goldberg, Cliff Garten, and Jackie Ferrara helped design three signature gathering spaces in the City: Mears Park, Kellogg Mall Park, and Hamm Plaza.
#3: We’re celebrating…A groundbreaking series of neighborhood design workshops led by artists Kinji Akagawa, Seitu Jones, and Jodi Hohman in 1993 that resulted in renewed streetscapes, parks and gardens in the neighborhoods of St. Anthony Park, Dale/University and East Side.
#4: We’re celebrating…the 1993 Public Art Saint Paul collaboration with the Saint Paul Foundation, City of Saint Paul, and Ramsey County to engage artists Cliff Garten, Ta-coumba Aiken, Armando Gutierrez, Xiaowei Ma, Roberta Hill-Whitman, and Soyini Guyton in creating the Saint Paul Cultural Garden at Robert Street and Kellogg Boulevard. Here, interlocking spaces feature sculptures and poetry that commemorate the immigrants who have created this city on the Mississippi.