The MSP Arts and Culture Program brings the arts to the airport.
Charged with a mission to enhance the airport, the nonprofit Airport Foundation MSP developed the MSP Arts and Culture Program in partnership with the airport’s governing body, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). By 2008, the Arts and Culture Steering Committee had created the program's Master Plan to provide a framework for its operations and future initiatives.
The Foundation handles ongoing responsibility for coordination of projects, exhibits, and performances; communication with artists, community members, and project staff; and installation of equipment and exhibits. The MAC provides funding, spaces within the airport, infrastructure improvements to airport facilities, and involvement in all aspects of commissioned artworks that will be a part of airport infrastructure.
The MSP Arts and Culture Program showcases the Upper Midwest’s diverse artistic community, natural environment, and cultural heritage. Multi-faceted, dynamic, and supportive of both internal and external communities, the program delivers arts that transform airport spaces, enhance the travel experience, and create a unique sense of place at MSP.
For all the details about the MSP Arts and Culture Programs, please visit the Foundation's website at www.AirportFoundation.org. There you will find information about MSP's visual and performing arts programs and events.
Terminal 1-Lindbergh Signature Artwork
An artist internationally known for large scale, technology-driven, interactive artwork was selected recently to create a major piece for Terminal 1-Lindbergh.
Jen Lewin will design the piece, which will be visible on both the airport’s baggage claim and ticketing levels. A new opening between the levels is being developed as part of a multi-year project to expand and modernize the front of the terminal.
A blue ribbon artist selection committee chose Lewin through a vetting process that included an invitation to 59 artists experienced in creating this type of large-scale public work. Lewin will be assisted in the process by a Minnesota artist who she will mentor as part of the project.
“With Jen’s help, we have an opportunity to install an engaging artwork that will reflect the airport and the region, help transform the arrivals and departures lobbies and, over time, become an iconic symbol of MSP,” said Brian Ryks, CEO of the MAC.
Lewin already has experience creating interactive pieces in Minnesota; she designed the sidewalk harp located near Target Field. People walking by that piece can make music by waving their hands under a series of LED lights.