Public housing is home to more than 10,000 low-income people in Minneapolis. It is essential to the fabric of our neighborhoods.

As the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) embarks on a long-term journey to preserve and renew our public housing, we seek artists who can distill this uplifting vision into powerful works of art for the community!

MPHA seeks proposals from artists in three categories: Youth (grade school and middle school); High School; and Adults. MPHA will fund the creation and installation (as needed) of up to five works of art.

Initial submissions are due by October 30th, 2018. Here are the documents that will tell you what you need to know!

MPHA Community Art – Call for Proposals

MPHA Community Art – Submission Guidelines

Winning proposals will embody the spirit and content of MPHA’s “Strategic Vision and Capital Plan.” More information is available at Artists are encouraged to draw inspiration and research details more generally from MPHA’s recent website and social media content.

Winning proposals will touch on some of the key themes from this vision, including:

  • Preserving and modernizing all of our public housing units for current and future
    families, with no displacement or loss of housing benefits.
  • Continuing to serve the lowest-income members of our community with safe,
    quality places to call home.
  • Serving vulnerable households of many types, including seniors, the disabled,
    families with children, immigrants, and people of color.
  • Affordable rents (public housing rent is set at 30 percent of income).
  • Partnership with residents and neighbors in designing building improvements and
    planning for the future.
  • Local community partnership (public housing is traditionally federally funded; only
    by coming together as a local community can we plot a course to preserving it).
  • Valuing green technology and energy efficiency in the work that we do.
  • Strengthening partnerships around health, education, and employment.
  • The continuum of affordable housing.