Next Generation of Parks

Creating Welcoming Spaces for All

March 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

Nine years ago, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation launched two initiatives that have come to define the organization: The RiverFirst Initiative and the Next Generation of Parks event series. Both of these efforts have expanded the shared understanding of how parks serve Minneapolis and helped reimagine how parks will shape our future. With attention to the.....

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News Release: The High Line’s Robert Hammond Returns to Minneapolis for the Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, March 21, 2019, 7pm at the Walker Art Center

February 1, 2019 by Janette Law

Nearing its 10-year anniversary and on the verge of opening its last “Spur,” the High Line has much to teach us about great design and equitable community development Minneapolis, Minn. – Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the High Line, returns to Minneapolis on Thursday, March 21, 2019, for the Minneapolis.....

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2018 Year in Review

January 15, 2019 by Tom Evers

With 2019 promising to be a year of impact and achievement, we’re taking a look back at the milestones in 2018 that helped us get here. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ve raised more than $20 million since 2005 for transformative parks, an accomplishment accelerated in 2018, one of the most successful fundraising.....

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NEWS RELEASE | “The Nature Fix” Author Florence Williams Launches 2018-2019 Next Generation of Parks Event Series

October 4, 2018 by Janette Law

New Season Begins Thursday, November 15, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Presented by Minnesota Public Radio Events continue in 2019 with The High Line’s Robert Hammond, on March 21, and Dr. Robert Zarr, founder of Park RX America, on May 7 Minneapolis, Minn. – “Walk into a forest and within five minutes your body.....

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Creating Connections with Lily Yeh

April 12, 2018 by Chee Xiong

On March 21st, 30 local artists, community builders, and placemakers gathered for Creating Connections, a workshop at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with Philadelphia-based artist, activist, and placemaker Lily Yeh. Yeh was visiting Minneapolis for our Next Generation of Parks Event Series. Together, participants experienced Yeh’s art-making process, which involves providing a democratic.....

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#MIAStories interviewed Lily Yeh on the transformative power of art

March 14, 2018 by Chee Xiong

Ahead of our Next Generation of Parks event with Lily Yeh, Minneapolis Institute of Art’s editor Tim Gihring interviewed Yeh in their latest post from #MIAStories. Next Generation of Parks is co-presented by Minnesota Public Radio and co-producer by MIA and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. You’re invited to join us for Next.....

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Design Q&A: JXTA apprentices Keanu and Pheng (part 2 of 2)

December 1, 2017 by Janette Law

This is the second post in a two-part series in which we’re excerpting four Q&As from a Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) Environmental Design Studio apprentice-produced “zine” about their summer 2017 experiences. (Read the first post.) We partnered with JXTA on youth community engagement and design around future RiverFirst parks at Upper Harbor Terminal and the Great.....

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Gia Biagi’s October 2017 presentation on urbanism & civic impact, featuring Juxtaposition Arts

October 30, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Gia Biagi, Urbanism & Civic Impact | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, October 2017 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. As Principal of Urbanism for Studio Gang, Gia Biagi is always thinking about civic architecture. She sees the role of parks designer as that of convener, and a source of empathy in times of.....

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News Release | Next Generation of Parks series returns Oct. 12, featuring Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi

September 11, 2017 by Janette Law

Trio of powerful place-makers headlines the Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s 2017-2018 Next Generation of Parks™ event series, presented by Minnesota Public Radio Studio Gang’s Gia Biagi, Barefoot Artists’ Lily Yeh, and Toronto’s Sabina Ali transform lives and communities through their work in parks and public space Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Parks Foundation debuts the 2017-2018.....

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Next Generation of Parks | Watch Maurice Cox’s November 2016 presentation on design and social justice

April 26, 2017 by Chee Xiong

Maurice Cox, Re-creating Detroit | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, November 2016 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo. Maurice Cox is a nationally renowned planner and practitioner of democratic design and citizen planning. As Planning Director for the City of Detroit, Cox is leading a dramatic transformation that finds parks and public space at.....

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