NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Painting the town — or at least the pavement — in Minneapolis


The most recent pavement-painting in the Corcoran neighborhood displays answers to the question put to residents “what is in your maze of life?”  Prominently displayed are some images you might easily associate with south Minneapolis neighborhoods: dogs, bicycles, yoga.  But pink flamingos? – not quite in keeping with the Powderhorn community vibe.  Unless, that it, you know the neighborhood tradition of “flamingo fridays” social hour held on lawns throughout the neighborhood.  You can tell where the party is happening each week by spotting the roving assortment of pink flamingos in someone’s yard.

More than 90 residents joined local artist Carole Bersin to complete the painting at the intersection of 21st Avenue S and 33rd Street East.  It was facilitated by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO) through a grant from Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) to fund ten public arts projects over a two year period, and is the third pavement paining completed.

Bersin also painted the Minnesota Grown mural on the south-facing wall of the retail building at 3501 23rd Ave S, sponsored by a graffiti prevention grant secured by CNO from the City of Minneapolis.