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Creative City Market brings art and brew to the Minneapolis Convention Center

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It’s like Northern Spark all summer long over at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Centered around mini_polis, the scale model of downtown that sits on the outside plaza, Creative City Market brings an evening full of art, food, beer, and activities once a month through September.

Produced by the Musicant Group, in partnership with Pablo Jones, Creative City Market is presented by the City of Minneapolis and the Convention Center in collaboration with Northern Lights.mn, the force behind Northern Spark. The first market begins today at 4 p.m. 

“We want to bring energy and activity to the plaza,” says Max Musicant. “It’s a good thing for the Convention Center, but also for local artists and local artisans and people doing great things in Minneapolis.”

Creative City Market was created as a way to bring visibility and traffic to the Creative City Challenge. This is the third year of the challenge, in which artists and designers are commissioned to create an outdoor architectural installation on the plaza. According to Kristen Montag, communications and PR manager for Meet Minneapolis, they wanted to find a way to bring more people to come and see this year’s piece.

While there has been some programming in the past, including a few events that Northern Lights.mn put together last year, “this is a little more formalized plan to get traffic to the site and draw people to the Convention Center,” she says. 

The market will feature locally made art and creative goods from vendors such as Regla de Oro, Cargo Collective, Atienza Glass, and Milumilu Couture. In addition, there’ll be a Filfillah food truck on hand serving traditional Turkish and Mediterranean eats, and a beer garden offering selections from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.

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Like Northern Spark, the event is highly participatory, with activities including a one-on-one dance performance with a performer from BodyCartography Project, and a host of other installations visitors can become a part of. Chicks on Sticks, Adventures in Cardboard, and Jess Hirsch & Ginny Sims: Creating Heirloom Objects are just some of the projects that will be part of the event.

There will also be live music and a film screening at dusk, put on by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society. Tonight’s screening will be the locally made Through the Woods: An Appalachian Adventure, which follows local band the Okee Dokee Brothers as they hike through the mountains. 

Creative City Market begins tonight at 4 p.m. It will be repeated August 13 and September 10 at the plaza in front of the Minneapolis Convention Center.