A football stadium may not strike you as the most obvious setting for a multi-sector initiative promoting the arts, but U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings play, will soon become home to more than five hundred works of contemporary art. The initiative began when the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings partnered with Sports and The Arts (SATA) to develop a robust art-collection that could “connect Minnesotans with the stadium project […] and showcase Minnesota artists,” says MSFA chair Michele Kelm-Helgen.
The project recently announced the names of 34 local artists who have been commissioned to contribute to the collection, which will eventually boast 500 pieces of art. The artistic talent ranges from professionals whose work has been displayed at The Getty to art students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
The project is part of a larger effort to connect the stadium’s construction to all Minnesotans, not just Vikings fans. Vikings owner Mark Wilf claims that this arts initiative connects the community by “[continuing] the theme of utilizing Minnesota companies and individuals throughout the design and construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.”
Read more about the project here and check out the video below.