Vacant storefront gallery project planning major expansion

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June 2, 2014 // UPDATED 12:01 pm - June 3, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Made Here — a project transforming vacant downtown storefronts into makeshift art galleries — will soon add 40 more storefront "showcases."

The new pop-up storefront galleries will be installed throughout June and be the largest effort to transform vacant storefronts into spaces for art in the country, according to project organizers.

Made Here is part of an effort led by the Hennepin Theatre Trust to brand Hennepin as a Cultural District, raising awareness of the street's rich cultural assets. When the new storefront "showcases" are installed, the project will feature work by more than 50 artists at 15 venues along Hennepin and other locations in the Warehouse District. 

Highlights include a gallery showcasing work from the Somali Museum of Minnesota, which features a hut from Dijbouti, Somalia, artwork and other artifacts; plans for an installation featuring a video projection of ghostly figures on the second floor of a building at 7th & Hennepin; and a Space Lounge in the former National Camera Exchange Building at 10th & Hennepin created by Venus DeMars and Mach Fox.

There are plans for a Made Here community celebration Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. The project has received support from Andersen Corp., the Art Institutes International, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Dunwoody Institute, VEE Corporation and the Faribault Wollen Mill Company.