Joan Vorderbruggen is a storyteller, designer, professional nurse, community, organizer, public art administrator, and rather giggly. In 2012, Joan created and ran the “Artists in Storefronts” project, assisting over 80 artists from 5 to 80 years old with exhibits of original work in under used commercial storefronts. In addition to creating a [temporary/pop-up/tactical] urban art gallery, her project commissioned three permanent murals, hosted dozens of community events, tours, festivals, and over 25 live performances in alternative spaces. In just eight months of participation, seven properties with a combined vacancy of over 15 years acquired short and long-term lease agreements. Joan maintains the focus of her public art practice around the Whittier neighborhood of South Minneapolis, where she has been a resident since 2008.

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