Urban Visionary


Joan Vorderbruggen is the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for Hennepin Theatre Trust. An artist and organizer, Joan envisions possibilities for the most dejected spaces, connecting local and international artists with opportunities to activate Hennepin Avenue in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. In spring of 2016, she was awarded a “Heart of the Community” grant from Southwest Airlines to work with Project for Public Spaces activating Hennepin Avenue with the project, “5 to 10 on Hennepin.” In less than one year, Joan has evolved the project to include participatory conceptualizing, planning, and budgeting with adults and youth experiencing homelessness while increasing the capacity of human service partners in the area to provide paid opportunities to transient communities that depend on Hennepin Avenue as a place to belong. She is now poised to engage these communities to influence the reconstruction of Hennepin Avenue in 2020 at the city level. Joan developed and implemented the award winning storefront project Made Here now in it’s tenth iteration. She has created five large scale murals along the 5 to 10 campus including the now iconic Bob Dylan Eduardo Kobra mural. Joan is a founding member of the Placemaking Leadership Council, serves on the Board of Directors for Forecast Public Art, and is a member of the Ethical Redevelopment Salon led by Place Lab and the University of Chicago.


Artist Connector and Urban Innovator