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The past few years have been rough on Block E in downtown Minneapolis's entertainment district. Emptied and shuttered storefronts, closed-off escalators, and general safety concerns have created a depressing dead zone in what should be a busy and vibrant part of town. This fall, with a little help from a few grants, initiatives, and the folks at Hennepin Theatre Trust, the area will come alive again. For Made Here, over 40 storefronts will house art installations created by local artists. Folks familiar with the Artists in Storefronts project along Nicollet Avenue's Eat Street should be familiar with the idea. Think poetry scrawled on marquees, huge murals perched in second-story windows, illuminated installations, and other art pieces in unexpected places. The happening, curated by Joan Vorderbruggen (also the brainchild of Artists in Storefronts), will feature works from notable artists including Frank Gaard, Ta-Coumba Aiken, and Jim Denomie. Not only will the neighborhood look different, but it will sound different as well. The sidewalk speakers will blare classical music no more. Instead, they will offer a variety of local tunes, chosen by performance artist Jaime Carrera. The opening celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 27, will feature tours and live music. Made Here is an open-ended project. Pieces will be on display a minimum of 90 days, but some will likely be up longer. Hennepin Avenue, from Sixth to Seventh Street in Minneapolis.

— By Jessica Armbruster

Price: free

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