The best way to ensure that the arts are woven into the fabric of our communities is to plan for it.

As the arts commission for the City of Mankato and North Mankato, Twin Rivers is involved in making sure that arts and culture are integrated into community development strategic plans.

Current Planning Initiatives

Get Creative, Mankato! A framework for artistic, cultural and economic vitality

The Vision
In 2027, Mankato identifies as a creative community, having developed an atmosphere where arts, culture, heritage and creativity are integral to the fabric of everyday life. A multitude of arts, cultural and historical organizations and events enhance the quality of life for residents and attract visitors, and the public is strongly supportive of these creative initiatives and institutions. Residents have equal opportunities to learn and create, finding inspiration from the talent and inventiveness that surrounds them. Drawn and nurtured by our community’s appreciation for creativity and the energy it creates, a number of creative entrepreneurial businesses thrive. The richness of our cultural assets and the strength of the creative economy heighten community pride and benefit the economic vitality of the region. 

2017 North Mankato Public Art Ideas Plan

The city of North Mankato teamed up with Twin Rivers to develop a Public Art Ideas Plan. The goal is to create a public art idea bank that can be used by the city as a guide to integrate public art into existing planning initiatives. Learn More >>

Forecast Public Art - Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners

Forecast Public Art is partnering with the American Planning Association (APA) to develop and pilot a Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners, made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Public Art and Placemaking Tool for City Planners will be a resource for planners serving small and mid-sized American cities. By developing this learning tool, Forecast seeks to fill a void in the current options available to planners, as well as those in allied professions, such as landscape architecture, engineering and architecture. Five cities in Minnesota have been selected by Forecast to participate in the pilot project to develop and beta test the tool in 2017 and 2018: Mankato, Austin, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona.

Forecast Public Art will facilitate the two-year pilot project using its extensive experience in all aspects of public art, community-engaged design and placemaking. A focus of the pilot project is improving the health of the five selected cities, which could include the physical health of citizens, economic prosperity, community wellbeing, social cohesion, livability and a healthy environment.

Twin Rivers will be working closely with the city of Mankato and the City Center Partnership on the roll-out of this project. Learn More >>

Previous Planning Documents

Arts, Culture and Community Enhancement Plan (2007)

Outlines the develop of a community culture that supports the arts, promoting our existing assets and fostering new ones, encouraging diversity, education and an entrepreneurial spirit that benefits both the community spirit and economic life of the region. Learn More >>

City Center Renaissance Plan

Developed in 2007, the City Center Renaissance Plan builds on Greater Mankato’s previous planning efforts and reinforces the opportunities that created the historical community in the Valley. The plan calls for a rebirth of the City Center by strengthening the interdependence of residential, industrial, service and commercial sectors through revitalization, reconnection, and reinvestment. The City Center’s strong employment base, civic facilities, historical assets and unique character provide the foundation for the development of strategies that will foster the goals of a Renaissance.  Learn More >>

Envision 2020 State of the Community Report

This report is a summary of Phase 2 of Envision 2020, a community based visioning process which began in 2005. The Phase 2 State of the Community Report highlights each Key Performance Area’s mini-vision, goals and the rationale for each goal. The purpose and desire for the community report is to invigorate community stakeholders and encourage all members of the community to work towards a stronger and more vibrant region. Learn More >>