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A “Three-Fer”: Innovative Programming Connects Indigenous People, Arts, and the Public to the River

July 27, 2010Patrick NunnallyRivers, UncategorizedComments Off on A “Three-Fer”: Innovative Programming Connects Indigenous People, Arts, and the Public to the River

I’ve posted before about the innovative programming that connects artistic expression by indigenous people to the Mississippi River in Minneapolis’ Central Riverfront District.  The great programming continues this summer with the series “Indigenous Music and Movies,” Thursdays through August 12.  The events are held in Hennepin Bluffs Park, on the east side of the Mississippi, near the Stone Arch Bridge and the Pillsbury A Mill.  Concerts begin at 7; movies at dusk.

This series is an outstanding way to connect the vibrancy of the American Indian arts community to a nice public space along the urban river.  Sponsors of the series include the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Migizi Communications, and the First Nations Composers Initiative.

This collaboration between indigenous organizations and city agencies to bring the arts to river locations is unique to my knowledge.  But I would love to be proved wrong:  please send me a note at pdn@umn.edu or post a comment to this blog to let me know about comparable projects taking place elsewhere.

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