JXTA Skateable Art Plaza

An Action Grant will fund sustainable stormwater management at a one-of-a-kind art park in North Minneapolis.


Project Details

City: Minneapolis

Type: Action Grant

Status: Active

Timeline: 2019

MWMO Funding: $50,000

Partners: City of Skate; Juxtaposition Arts; Nelco Landscaping; West Broadway Business and Area Coalition

Staff Contact:
Marcy Bean, PLA
Capital Projects and Stewardship Specialist
Email Marcy Bean, PLA
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With help from an MWMO Action Grant, Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will build a “skateable” art plaza with three connected raingardens that capture and treat stormwater runoff at its North Minneapolis headquarters. In addition to create a unique green space, the project will directly engage youth apprentices in the design and construction stormwater best management practices (BMPs).

JXTA is putting its trademark artistic spin on a vacant space. With the help of JXTA youth apprentices, instructors, City of Skate and community partners, a skateable art plaza will take shape in summer 2019. The plaza will combine skateboarding, flexible open space, and art installations to create a unique space along Broadway Avenue.

MWMO funding will be used to construct a trio of raingardens covering approximately 15 percent of the site. The three raingardens, which will be connected by a trench drain, will infiltrate stormwater runoff from JXTA’s building as well as adjacent buildings to the north and west. Native plants such as prairie dropseed, red osier dogwood, and sedum “Autumn Joy” will enhance the site’s aesthetic appeal and provide habitat.

In JXTALabs Environmental Design Lab, youth develop technical skills that support careers in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture, and are engaged in long-term projects that impact the built environment. The apprentices will observe the construction of the plaza, plant the raingardens, and participate in their long-term maintenance.

In partnership with West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, JXTA will create site-specific programming to engage residents, youth and artists. This content will include information about the need for and impact of stormwater management strategies. The apprentices will also design descriptive, educational public art elements to be integrated into the plaza.

Construction Time-Lapse Camera View