Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and North Mankato have partnered on an initiative to create public art and placemaking projects in the City.

In 2016, Twin Rivers started a public art planning process with the city to gather ideas from the community on public art, that plan addressed parks, signage and streetscapes. 

Some of the suggestions included murals, popup events, benches, banners and landscaping in North Mankato, according to Executive Director Noelle Lawton.

“Really, North Mankato has a canvas to work with. We mapped out what the assets are and they’re all really clustered along Belgrade (Avenue), obviously. We have a few smatterings of poetry walk signs in some of the parks. The community is open to really any idea. And what’s exciting is that so is the City Council.”

North Mankato plans to fund five projects and it’s looking for ideas that include a budget and have a community component. The City has committed to 5-thousand dollars worth of funding for the first phase of the initiative.

“So, we’re looking for proposals from the community, it really doesn’t have to be an artist or an individual that lives in North Mankato. Literally, thousands of ideas that we could be implementing. So we’re just encouraging people to think outside the box and see what they can implement in North Mankato.”

The deadline to submit an idea is June 30.

“We just are looking for those fun and awesome ideas to make North Mankato just that much better.”

For more information on requirements, scope of the project and application, head to