The Creative City Challenge is conceived as a showcase for local creative talent, Minneapolis community identities and is a tangible symbol of the complex narratives that make up the many stories within our urban landscape. The Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install a temporary, destination artwork, which acts as a sociable and participatory platform for 2 months of onsite programming.

The winning Creative City Challenge project is unveiled and featured at the opening of Northern Spark, our annual dusk-to-dawn festival with tens of thousands of participants, that takes place in the Twin Cities on the second weekend in June.