The Holland neighborhood is located in the heart of the NE Minneapolis Arts District. HNIA believes art is an essential component to our neighborhood. Recent initiatives include sculpture work at Jackson Square Park and the Northeast Incubator pilot project. More information on the arts district and upcoming events can be found at the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association webpage.
Created by artist Jim Brenner, in conjunction with the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and several other entities, Hydro-Illuminata is about outreach and empowerment, using the engagement principles of art-making to bring a wider audience into a deeper conversation with MWMO about protecting and improving water quality and resources.
Water Bar was developed in 2014 as a public art pop-up by artists Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker of Works Progress Studio, in conversation and collaboration with a community of practice that includes scientific researchers, environmental advocates, arts organizers, public employees, educators, artists, and other community residents. Essentially, Water Bar serves local tap waters to spark conversation about the importance of water, and to engage communities in conversation about the current social, environmental, and political state of affairs that affect it - things like pollution, scarcity, climate change, land use and community development, and environmental injustice. Together with HNIA, Water Bar helps support collaboration and conversation across communities through the one thing that connects us all - water.