Public art is one of the fastest growing forms of artistic expression in our community.  

Twin Rivers is here to help guide artists; to make their ideas become a reality. Twin Rivers works with the City of Mankato and North Mankato on creating public art policy and procedure in order to educate and streamline the process for artists. Twin Rivers also facilitates many calls for art for each city and other public/private partnerships. 

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Twin Rivers facilitates several large scale public art programs through CityArt, a partnership of Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and the City Center Partnership, Greater Mankato’s downtown association. The goals of CityArt are to provide free and accessible public art for the community’s enjoyment and help revitalize our neighborhoods through public art.

Current CityArt programming includes the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, CityArt On the Go, and the Public Art Tour. For more information on all CityArt programs, visit the official CityArt website.

commerce drive improvement project
call for artists

Deadline for submissions - July 31,2019

The City of North Mankato has been working with stakeholders and the general public to achieve a shared vision for the future of Commerce Drive. A mix of industrial, commercial, and residential uses combine to provide a major employment center and a key retail and service district for area residents. Surface transportation dollars will facilitate needed upgrades to the roadway and other improvements such as streetscaping and reduced vehicular access points. This core business district will become a community destination through an enhanced business presence, improved transportation and cohesive area design.


Improvements along the business corridor include pedestrian friendly streetscaping including new light poles, wider sidewalks and mid-way crosswalk, designation of a trail along the south side of Commerce Drive connecting to Bluff Trail which runs along Hwy 14, improved transportation experience with the closure of several vehicle access points, and pedestrian gathering nodes.

Opportunities for public art are located within four pedestrian gathering locations complete with benches, pedestrian level lights, plantings, drinking fountains, waste receptacles, and wayfinding signage. Generally the artwork(s) should be visually engaging and compliment the aesthetic of the new streetscaping, while being sensitive to the nature of activities that occur within the immediate area (i.e. vehicle traffic, walking, biking, and shopping).

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Find a complete listing of Mankato outdoor public art on the Google map below.