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Minneapolis wants your nomination for best new public art or civic art happening

As you go about your day, is there a piece of public art you hold in special affection?

As you go about your day, is there a piece of public art you hold in special affection? The Minneapolis Arts Commission invites your nominations for the best of the city’s artworks or civic arts happening from 2009 for the second annual MAC Awards.

Based on the public’s nominations, the commission will recognize winning artists, which may be individuals or groups, who’ve made contributions in the following categories: “Community Involvement in Public Art,” “Celebrating the City through Public Art” and “Integration of Public Art in Private Development.” There’s also a special award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Community.”

To be considered for this year’s MAC Awards, the nominated artwork must have been installed or taken place in 2009, and the public art or happening must be located within Minneapolis. Projects created through Minneapolis’ “Art in Public Places” program or by current members of the Minneapolis Arts Commission, their families, or affiliate organizations are not eligible.

So, if there’s a storefront mural you’ve admired (for me, it’s the new Eric Inkala/Bethany Kalk mural (scroll down) on Soo Visual Arts Center), or a public performance you found particularly memorable, now’s the time to show your appreciation to those artists who make the city a bit lovelier and more interesting every day. If you’d like some handy guides, there are a number of web resources available that  make it easy to explore the public art in Minneapolis (and elsewhere in the state).

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You can make your nominations for the 2009 MAC Awards through April 30. Find information on past winners, and details about this year’s competition on the Minneapolis Arts Commission website.