Creative Spark

The Creative Spark: Marcy-Holmes gallery pays tribute to the creative vibrancy of Minneapolis' first neighborhood, Marcy-Holmes, by bringing together an eclectic collection of artworks that have been inspired by this historic area over the past 150 years. From early engravings of the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi, to contemporary crime fiction set on local streets, to a feature film shot in a fabled coffee shop, to site specific public arts events, the works included in Creative Spark tell the story of this special place through its rich artistic legacy - from pre-settlement times to the present day.


Works in the gallery can be accessed by clicking on the magnifying glass icon located just to the right of the search tab at the top of this page. That will load all works included in the gallery into a grid. Works are presented in a random grid to express the dynamic dialogue that exists between art, place and time. From the grid view, you can also explore the collection in three other ways:

List view sorts artworks by date or titlle
Map view places artworks on an interactive map (note: to view locations of all works on the map, first select "load all" while in grid view)
Timeline view organizes artworks chronologically


Creative Spark is a project of the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA) in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), with funding from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and MHNA. The project began in 2015 with MHNA staff casually noticing the number of creative works inspired by locations in Marcy-Holmes, a neighborhood that includes the historic Mississippi riverfront, residential areas east and west of Interstate 35W, the college community of Dinkytown and the burgeoning 9th St. Industrial Area. Before long, nearly 150 works, diverse in media, were identified. The project then grew to become a dynamic, ever-expanding model for other organizations interested in taking an arts-based approach to defining neighborhood identity and place-making. The name Creative Spark aims to capture the synergy that exists between creativity and locale; it also allows for growth as other regions or neighborhoods identify inspired works that may be featured here in future collections (Creative Spark: Mill District or Creative Spark: Jordan, for example).


Creative Spark is a living collection for enjoyment and study, open to new works as they are created and discovered. If you are interested in having your artwork added to Creative Spark: Marcy-Holmes, or have suggestions for a work to be researched and reviewed, please contact Kerrie Workman, or 651-271-1344.


Chris Lautenschlager, Executive Director, MHNA
Kerrie Workman, Art Researcher and Project Manager, MHNA
Nicole Conti, Research Intern, MHNA
Colin McFadden, Senior Media Specialist, University of Minnesota Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services 
Rebecca A. Moss, Assistant Director, University of Minnesota Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services
The MHNA Creative Places Committee