While Whittier can claim both the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as parts of its neighborhood, the area is becoming even artier over the next couple of weeks. Taking a nod from Wing Young Huie's University Avenue Project, abandoned spaces and unused storefronts have now been filled with installations, interactive pieces, and window art. Take a casual stroll along Eat Street (a.k.a. Nicollet Avenue from approximately Franklin Avenue to 29th Street), and you will find dozens of new and unusual creative additions, including words of wisdom written in moss on a wall, dozens of caricatures lining the windows of a dental office, and a giant chalkboard where folks can write about their life goals. The project is masterminded by Joan Vorderbruggen, creator of the up-cycled Lollycopter clothing label. During the run of the project, there will be a variety of walking tours, bike rides, and receptions, including special street performances during the Northern Spark Festival on June 9. Visit www.artistsinstorefronts.com for more info.
April 27-June 9, 2012