Urban Visionary

Joan Vorderbruggen joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2013 and serves as Director of Hennepin Theatre District Engagement. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of placemaking and a sought-after speaker and advisor. Her intentional work with and for youth and adults experiencing homelessness in the area to produce 5 to 10 on Hennepin has evolved to become a national model of inclusionary program design.

She is a 2018-2019 Humphrey Policy Fellow at the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota and was one of 23 people selected as a 2017-2018 Creative Community Fellow by National Arts Strategies. She is also a member of the Ethical Redevelopment Salon at the University of Chicago and a founding member of the Placemaking Leadership Council (Project for Public Spaces). Locally, Joan serves on the board of directors of Forecast Public Art and the Salvation Army Harbor Light. She is a Minneapolis Arts Commissioner and serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Minneapolis. Joan also participates in a wide range of Downtown planning groups.


Artist Connector and Urban Innovator