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Creative Leadership


From the innovative computer builders who made the Twin Cities a mainframe headquarters a generation ago to the visionary companies whose philanthropy has enriched our art scene, from medical-tech pioneers and nonprofit innovators to advertisers who broke the Madison Avenue mold, the Twin Cities has gone beyond business as usual time and again, led by people determined to rethink our business, economic,technological, and social relationships--always with an eye to the common good as well as the bottom line. And they're still at it, in boardrooms, classrooms, stores, labs, and studios across the length and breadth of our cities.

Features

St. Anthony Park Community Garden

Flower Plots and Food Forests: Community Gardens as Living Examples of Neighborhood Commitment

The Bancroft Meridian Garden, founded in 1996 on a lot along 38th Street in South Minneapolis, began as a flower garden. But communities change. So do their gardens. Now it's a food forest for the neighborhood.

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A Dingy Foursquare in St. Paul Finds New Life as a Modern Urban Farmhouse

Designer David Strand looked beyond the brown asphalt shingles on a drab St. Paul foursquare and found an urban farmhouse ready for a light and airy modernization.      

The Floating Library

July Arts and Culture: Floating, Reading, Feasting and Exploration

Farm-fresh produce, handmade books on a floating library, historic walking tours along the Green Line and feasting locally are our top picks for July arts and culture in MSP.   

Rendering of the Vineland entrance

Q+A: Olga Viso discusses the Walker Art Center's plans for a more artfully integrated campus

A new campus renovation announced this past spring will better connect the Walker Art Center with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, reinvigorating a longstanding city and art center partnership.

Jewelry metalsmither Susan Elnora

Forging an Arts Tradition: Metalsmithing in MSP

MSP boasts a cultural milieu in which diverse art forms, architecture and design take root and flourish. Metalsmithing, which includes jewelry design, is an integral part of the culture.
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