Urban Visionary

Joan Vorderbruggen joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2013 and serves as Director of Public Art and Placemaking. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of placemaking and a sought-after speaker and advisor. She launched the Made Here storefront initiative and oversaw creation of five murals in the theatre district of downtown Minneapolis, including the iconic Bob Dylan mural by internationally renowned street artists Eduardo Kobra. She was one of 23 people selected as a 2017-2018 Creative Community Fellow by National Arts Strategies and joins a national network of change makers and cultural producers. She is also a member of the Ethical Redevelopment Salon at the University of Chicago and the Placemaking Leadership Council (Project for Public Spaces). Locally, Joan serves on the board of directors of Forecast Public Art, Minneapolis Mad Dads 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