A fall community event, with a dark blue overlay

Creative Engagement and Action Using Arts and Placemaking


Saturday, March 21st
9:00am – 3:00pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

(Click here to register)

Why a nonConference?

Organizers have dubbed this year’s event a “nonconference” due to its highly interactive nature. Participants will learn by seeing and doing rather than sitting and listening to presentations. They will be immersed in experiences that will give them the skills and strategies to take creative placemaking techniques back to their own communities.

  • You’ll be challenged and interested: You will be learning by seeing and doing rather than sitting and listening to presentations.
  • You determine your own schedule: Come and go as you please during the times of 9:00am – 3:00pm.
  • There will be engaging Learning Labs: Learning labs replace the typical workshops, there are only 8 of them and they rotate throughout the day so you can attend the ones you like.
  • Interaction is key: This is the meat and potatoes of the conference. The Village Square is where you get to meet other participants and interact.
  • Everyone can participate: Language is often a barrier for participation from members of cultural communities in Minneapolis. Having many visual interactions allows for everyone to feel welcome.
  • The conference is family friendly: If not having a babysitter is preventing you from attending, you can bring your kids with you. We won’t have formal child care, but we will have a few family friendly activities in the Village Square.

Register for an Exhibit Table in the Village Square!

Present your ideas, experiences and knowledge as an exhibitor at the conference. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, March 6.

  • Exhibitor tables are an excellent way to promote your services or work, launch a new idea, or simply network with a wide range of participants.
  • As an exhibitor, you will be featured in the Community Connections Conference program that is provided to each conference participant.
  • Hosting an exhibitor table exposes you to a large group of active residents and neighborhood organizations who are looking for information, ideas and assistance to help them further their work.

The cost for an exhibitor space is free to neighborhood organizations and nonprofits with operating budgets of $250,000 or less. The cost is $100 for government, for-profit and large nonprofit agencies. More information on exhibitor registration is available on the City website.