As part of the Taste of Phillips Art Festival, close to 100 people came out on October 26 for the dedication of one of the largest community murals to appear in Minneapolis in more than a decade.
On the corner of Lake and Bloomington, the project is the culmination of four years of work by the Semilla Community Arts Program of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The 1400 sq/ft mural involved the work of more than 300 volunteers, led by local artist, Greta McLain.
To date, the Semilla program has worked with more than 1800 community members to create 19 murals in the neighborhood, ranging from garage doors to two large scale mosaics on the Andersen School, as well as more than 30 mosaic flower pots around the neighborhood.
“The name of the program: Semilla, or seed, speaks to our vision of a new community,” said Rev. Patrick Cabello Hansel, co-pastor of St. Paul’s. “Phillips neighborhood is blessed with an incredible diversity and talented, courageous people. Giving people tools to create beautiful art together also empowers them to work together to build community.”
On the spiraling glass and ceramic mural appears the artwork of individuals in the form of their own seeds, as well as the seeds of the projects partners, Waite House, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, All My Relations Arts Gallery, Mercado Central and Global Market.
“We want to recognize the seeds of art in everyone’s lives,” said McLain. “We all have grown from somewhere and here we see our own seeds surrounded by pollinators that have helped us grow in our community.”
The mural dedication is aimed to be the first step in developing a Phillips Avenue of the Arts, which will continue over to The Heart of the Beast Theater on 15th Ave, then up to St. Paul’s Church, eventually ending at Anderson United Community School.