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The Most Creative Celebration on the Green Line!

June 14 
Southwest corner of Lasalle
and University Ave

This is a Green Line Launch celebration you don't want to miss. The Raymond Celebration for the Green Line Launch on June 14 is going to be something special--something that sets the Creative Enterprise Zone on a level all its own. Watch as a parking lot is transformed into a vibrant public art park with live music and performances, interactive art installations, and demonstrations throughout the day.

The Main Stage will be packed with local music acts and enthralling performances all day long. There will be a live mural painting by renowned local artist Erik Pearson, an engaging pop-up cultural park with lots of other fun public art and activities, as well as the SPARKit Mobile Unit. A demonstration zone will feature fascinating demos from area makers of all types like Nordeast Makers, Urban Boat Builders, two different Roller Derby groups and many more. Tasty food will abound with the Foxy Falafel food truck and other area culinary delights. The plethora of nonprofits in the Zone will also be greening-up the site with uniquely decorated flower pots and plantings.

The celebration is by no means restricted to one site, either. There will be fun activities and offerings all over the Zone. An old-timey trolley will be running routes throughout the neighborhood. Starting from Sunrise Bank in North St. Anthony Park stopping at a variety of hotspots like Urban Growler Brewing and Bang Brewing, the hub of unique retro shops and art galleries near Raymond and University and more! The neighborhood will be alive with fun activities and festivities to satisfy the most creative appetites of all ages. All the area has to offer will be on full display, waiting for you to roam, explore and discover the surprises that await.

New Billboard by Photographer Alec Soth Promotes Creative Enterprise Zone, June 3

The Creative Enterprise Zone is pleased to announce the unveiling of the first-ever billboard by internationally renowned photographer and CEZ entrepreneur Alec Soth. Produced in partnership with developer First & First and Forecast Public Art, this public art intervention celebrates the CEZ as a thriving center of creative activity and economic vitality, making visible the depth and breadth of creative talent based here in the middle of the Twin Cities.

The billboard is situated at the northeast corner of University and Vandalia Avenues, across the street from the Dubliner Pub. It will be installed the afternoon of June 3rd and remain on display through June 30. The image to be featured is a detail of one of Soth’s most widely known photographs.

"A number of years ago I photographed this clothesline hanging from a houseboat on the Mississippi River,” Soth says about the image he selected for the billboard. “For me, this image represents the way in which the creative spirit can flourish anywhere. I like to think of this clothesline as a symbolic starting line for a new wave of creativity in St. Paul."

More details about the project will be made available at a special press event June 3. Media inquiries should be directed to Amy Danielson (, 612-245-2020) or Kyle Mianulli (, 612-280-9252).

About Alec Soth
Alec Soth is an internationally-known Minnesota photographer. Established in 2008 by Soth, Little Brown Mushroom (LBM) is a small publishing house located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working closely with photographers, writers and designers, LBM is committed to experimenting with new ways of creating and distributing visual stories. He also owns the print shop, Big Al’s. More about Alec at More about Big Al’s at More about LBM at

About Forecast Public Art
Forecast Public Art is a non-profit arts organization that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities, guiding our partners in creating public art that expresses the community’s sense of place and pride. More at

About First & First
First & First is committed to reimagining historically significant sites within the Minneapolis and St. Paul urban landscape. We transform these neglected spaces into inspired places that facilitate creative and cultural experiences. More
This project was produced by Forecast Public Art with funding from the Creative Enterprise Zone, a program of the St. Anthony Park Community Council; First & First; Central Corridor Funders Collaborative; C4, a program of the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC); and an anonymous donor.

What's Your Great Idea for the Knight Green Line Challenge?

Get ready for the Knight Green Line Challenge! Knight Foundation is looking for great projects that will make Central Corridor neighborhoods in St. Paul even more vibrant places to live, work, play and visit. Over the next three years, the Knight Green Line Challenge will fund $1.5 million in winning projects. Any individual, business or nonprofit can apply—and it’s easy!

Your project simply must take place in and benefit at least one St. Paul neighborhood along the Green Line. Dream away! Applications for year one accepted June 24 – July 24, 2014. Visit for details and to sign-up for email updates.

The Challenge is sponsored by Knight Foundation and managed by The Saint Paul Foundation.

A Fond Farewell to Driftwood Community Arts

For the past two years, Driftwood Community Arts at 777 Raymond Avenue has been a wonderful piece of the magic of the Creative Enterprise Zone. They have hosted wonderful artists’ work in their gallery and provided fun and exciting educational programming in the arts for the community. As can be expected of such a talented and passionate group of artists and artisans, new and exciting opportunities are calling to the fine folks behind Driftwood.

We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors. They will be missed but not forgotten. Be sure to stop by their final show, ‘The Next Chapter,” which will feature works about the Driftwood Artists’ futures. The show opens June 7, 6-10pm. The gallery will be open until Saturday, June 21, Wednesday through Friday, 10am-4pm. Be sure to stop by and give them well-wishes in all their future endeavors.
Find a letter at the link below from the partners, artists and teachers of Driftwood thanking the surrounding neighbor and business community and wishing all a fond farewell.

C & E Lofts Owners Look to Big New Opportunities at Raymond and University 

Several of the historic building at the southwest corner of Raymond and University Avenues are likely to see some new tenants moving in. With both Twin Cities Aikido and Loomis moving to new locations later this year, and the old Gremlin Theater Space still vacant, Exeter Group, who owns the property is looking to fill the large spaces with some vibrant new tenants, according to Joseph Bergman, development associate.

The goal, he says, is to satisfy the needs and desire of the current tenants of C & E lofts, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Exeter has been meeting with breweries, restaurants and other exciting creative enterprises to fill the space. Bergman says they are especially interested in finding a brewery to fill the current Loomis space, which he says would be a perfect fit. While they have met with several prospective tenants, no final agreements have been made. The property looking to be filled includes the former location of the Gremlin Theater, as well as the spaces currently home to Aikido and Loomis.
What types of businesses would you like to see move into the heart of the Creative Enterprise Zone? What does the neighborhood need? What types of tenants do you think would be successful here? Send us your ideas at

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What is the Creative Enterprise Zone?

The Creative Enterprise Zone, located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, has the goal to be recognized as a center of creativity and enterprise, a place where many people make a living by their creative capacities.
Showcasing a mixture of urban-industrial and innovative enterprises, the Creative Enterprise Zone promises to be a fertile laboratory of entrepreneurship, business incubation, artistic endeavor and eclectic urban design. Located along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line at the hub of the Raymond Station area, this dynamic nucleus of artisans and industry provides a unique sense of place that captures the imagination.

Regionally significant due to the central location and ease of access, the community offers a symbiotic mix of live and work opportunities. Cultivation of diverse, affordable spaces for entrepreneurial businesses, artisans and residents, and support systems for a tightly interconnected creative community, are high priorities.
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