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How the Walker Art Center impacts the community of Bryant Avenue

Bryant Avenue has a lot of stories to tell. And one of the stories that I chose to focus on specifically is how the Walker Art Center has impacted the community which lives right on Bryant Avenue. The Walker Art center is a public and very well-known art museum that draws in thousands every year. Now the reasons for this are many but I decided to break it down into four different parts. These four things are the creation of the art center in 1927, the continuation and problems faced during the great depression, the opening of the sculpture garden in 1988, the recent expansion of the building in 2005, and the events and activities that were held in 2010. All of these are reasons for why the community surrounded by Bryant Avenue has always thrived ever since the creation of the art center. Even today the WAC still attracts plenty of visitors and with new additions being added the numbers are expected to only increase. According to in 2016 an astounding 610,000 people visited the Walker and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

View from the northeast (2015)

During the Great Depression the WAC would continue to stay open but only three of the staff remained. After 1935, Walker’s grandchildren Hudson Walker and Louise Walker McCannel ran the gallery until the Minnesota Arts Council took charge in 1939. After the change a staff of over thirty were hired some from the surrounding community.

Adjacent to the walker is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the nations’s largest urban sculpture parks. When the Garden opened in 1988, it was immediately heralded by the New York Times as “the finest new outdoor space in the country for displaying sculpture.”

Opened in April 2005, the most recent building expansion nearly doubled the size of the WAC. The expansion, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, included an additional gallery space, a theater, shop, and special events space. This was avery needed expansion and it helped see a rise in attendance and in revenue.

In 2010, the Walker’s backyard was home to numerous activities from conversations to performances and temporary sculptures. This drew in a lot of the community and got people together. It helped create the campus as a cultural commons, a shared space for idea exchanges and unexpected interactions.

The Walker Art Center has clearly had a huge impact on the neighborhoods that surround Bryant Avenue.This has been shown in the creation of the Walker Art Center in 1927, the sculpture garden , the expansion of the design in 2005, and the various events that are held just like the one of 2010. Bryant Avenue has seen all of this and the community has been there to support it from since the beginning. And it seems that the community of Bryant Avenue will continue to support for many more years to come.


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Development of Societies

Industrialization was one of the many things that impacted the world, this exhibit demonstrates how industrialization helped societies develop in the Americas, Asia, and Europe throughout the 19th century.

For example, the statue of liberty was made in 1885 which is one of the United States pries positions today.  The Statue of Liberty was a checkpoint for all immigrants entering the United States in the early 19th entry and many of them entered The United States in hope to find something better. The statue itself is a physical representation of industrialization because of how big and innovative it is for the time it was created in. In order for the Statue to be built and brought to the United States there needed to some sort of industrialization from the materials it is made of to the kind of boat it was shipped on. Once it was shipped to New York City it was made a checkpoint for immigrants which contributed to the development of United State’s society. Most immigrants who came during the early 19th century worked factory jobs or coal mines, the immigrants helped the society develop culturally.  Each immigrant that went through Ellis Island contributed to the change and development of the United States. Immigrants changed America’s view race and social norms, although there was extreme racism towards immigrants at the time the Statue of Liberty was built, over the years things slowly changed and the society developed to something better.

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To add, China and Europe were also one of the first countries to industrializes in the 19th century. China’s industrialization helped their economy boom, because of their high GDP. From 1820 to 1900 they had one of the largest GDP,  which helped them develop their society. The more successful investments they made, the more money they had to have better their country. In the timeline for China there are several societal advances, in 1905 the Confucian Examination ends which was a society ruled by men. Treaty ports are also established helping China learn how to deal with foreign countries peacefully which developed society. According to the timeline, in 1864 China’s growth had “rapid growth of foreign presence” as well as expanding treaty ports. All of these factors helped China’s society develop whether it was learning how to talk with foreign countries or making society not just controlled by men. Europe was developing the way that they produced things, the type of machines that they used were no longer just operated by people. Machines were beginning to produce goods faster which developed societies way of living. They no longer had to wait months or weeks to get their goods they were able to get it faster. In the photograph below, there are machines that produce iron and glass architecture as well as steam engines, both necessities to societal development.

frenchm  Furthermore, Great Britain (United Kingdom Today) and United States were two other major powers during the industrialization era. Great Britain’s industrialization caused it’s society to develop because of the new goods they were able to produce and the rate they were able to produce them at. During the Early World War, machinery was able to be produced faster and more efficient. In map below there are several different political messages. The Russian Empire is a octopus who is strangling Poland, China, and Persia. While England and Scotland are John Bull who is a political figure, the Image the development of foreign affairs during the first World War. This affects Britain’s society on political views of their country.


Although the United States had a similar political figure (Uncle Sam) there was more than just that affecting their political views. Child Labor was a massive problem in the United States during the late 19th century. Many children were put to work at a young age whether it was because their family needed the money or they themselves needed the money. This Pinterest pin shows children working in a coal mine, several of them look younger than 16. These kinds of pictures changed society because the working conditions the children are seen in and the affects of child labor.


Society developed throughout the world differently but industrialization contributed to each countries societal development.



“Timeline for China.” Indiana University. Accessed December 06, 2018.

Swanson, Ana. “30 Charts and Maps That Explain China Today.” The Washington Post. September 24, 2015. Accessed December 06, 2018.

Charles Thurston Thompson 1855 The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Accessed December 11, 2018.  

Ruggeri, Amanda. “Culture – The Provocative Maps That Tell Britain’s History.” BBC News. January 19, 2017. Accessed December 06, 2018.

“Rare Photographs That Changed Lives.” BBC News. February 26, 2018. Accessed December 06, 2018.

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel 1885 Accessed December 06, 2018.

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Walker Art Center

A trip to the Walker Art Center will wake up your creative side, send you into a world of questioning, force you to dig deep into your inner self and provide you with a day of exceptional art to view. The Walker Art Center is not your everyday, “lets go see some paintings” type art center. With its 11 galleries showing everything from modern and contemporary art, to sculptures and photographs from around the world, visitors are sure to take with them a sense of purpose and an admiration for the beauty within. What started in 1879 as a small enterprise, has now grown into what we see today. I wonder if lumber baron, Thomas Barlow, who because of his love for art opened a one room showing in his own residence, ever imagined it would grow to them magnitude it is today. The sources I used, “Shall We Take It? The Walker’s Founding Question”, ” Walker Art Mission and History”, “8th Best Thing to Do in Minneapolis-St. Paul” and “Following Sam Durant Controversy, Walker Art Center Forms Indigenous Public Art Selection committee”, all provide the necessary information for anyone looking to learn more about the Walker Art Center and why a person should spend some time there. If just the idea of visiting the Walker Art Center doesn’t sound inviting, consider that is is adjacent to the Minneapolis Sculpture gardens where the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry Sculpture and fountain are located. The Walker Art Center provided educational experiences for families, film screenings, musical performances, theater and dance options along with the viewing of incredible art. I like to think of it as eating cotton candy, the deeper you get into the cotton candy, the better the taste and experience is. This holds true for anyone who visits the Walker Art Center, located adjacent to Bryant Avenue in Minneapolis. If all this information is not enough, consider that the Walker Art Center is among the five most visited art museums in the United States for modern and contemporary art. A visit to both the museum and sculpture gardens I’d say should be on anyone’s bucket list who has not already been there. 


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“Shall We Take It? The Walker’s Founding Question.” Walker Art Center, Walker Art Center,

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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Bryant Avenue is a road that has a lot of history along it. Whether it be art, music, education there is a whole lot of history. One place in particular sticks out when i think of Minnesota and the history of art, and it just so happens to be located right off Bryant Avenue. That is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, an oasis to locals to bring a sense of home to art lovers and art historians. The Sculpture Garden and in particular, The Spoonbridge and Cherry has been an icon for Minnesota since the late 80’s. Everyone’s love and astonishment for local art instills a feeling of home for minnesotans. 

Spoonbridge and Cherry

When you think of Minnesota, there are many images that come to mind but the one that sticks out the most to me is the spoon bridge and cherry. Since I am a Minnesota local, and I make friends from out of state, the first thing I link Minnesota to is the Spoonbridge and Cherry. Although there are many other symbols that can represent Minnesota, this is one that I connect myself more to. 

Walker Art Center by Glenn Halvorson

In this article about the Spoonbridge and Cherry one of the artists states “its silver color and edges suggested ice-skating, a popular activity during Minneapolis’ several months of winter. The raised bowl of the spoon, in its large scale, suggested the bow of a ship”. The way the artists described the art piece that is the Spoonbridge and Cherry is perfect for describing home in Minnesota. 


In this StarTribune article Jenna talks about how recently there were new sculptures that were added to the garden and how they are becoming the new face of minnesota and becoming these big icons. For example the artwork titled “Hahn/Cock” which is this giant 23 foot tall blue rooster. While the garden was in construction  and everyone was awaiting the big opening, the concept designers were mentioning how they wanted the garden to feel like some sort of oasis. 

The Whitney Footbridge

This photo in particular reminds me of home. On a photography trip, my friends and I were in awe of this bridge known as the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, it connects the walker to Loring Park and crosses over 95. Walking over this bridge gives you a perfect view of Minneapolis’ skyline and that to me feels like home.

Written by Taylor Hager


Spoonbridge and Cherry. The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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Ross, Jenna. “More than the Rooster Is New at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.” Star Tribune. May 27, 2017. Accessed December 08, 2018.

“Bridge Poetry – the Whitney Footbridge in Minneapolis.” Marketing Mama,

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The Walker Art Center

After researching multiple buildings off the street named Bryant Avenue I believe that education relates to Minnesota through history, by self expression. The Walker Art Center hosts many art galleries for students who are currently enrolled in college and below. Minnesota’s history is personal, people throughout tell their story through their own ideals. A simple art piece can hold numerous facts and stories about a culture, a group or a struggle.

The students involved at The Walker Art Center are usually art students looking to get involved in some for of art as a career path, because of that the representatives at The Walker Art Center host many gallerings that help young, inspiring students to express their history through their own work. A simple art stroke can tell a history of a young family struggling to survive, or a girl who wants her voice heard through the crowd. Education is expressed in this aspect because many art students struggle to find their career path through the simple education system. It’s hard for young artists in highschool to find what exact career they want. The Walker Art Center on Bryant Avenue helps them discover that path through galleries, first showing them all the pieces they have from prefieces artist dating ages and ages back. And finally hosts their own working helping them get discovered by agencies and historians looking to find a story, looking to find an employee or simply to find more about the artist itself and why they chose the specific art style, story and place to talk about. Art is personal, each piece has its own historical significance to each personal. An art pieces can mean something different but usually eac artist comes from the same place, education.


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  4. “A History of Place: Open Field.” Walker Art Center, Walker Art Center,

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Lyndale Farmstead Park

  • My sources are showing you a little history on Lyndale Farmstead Park and what the area was used for in the past and what it is now. From the land intentionally being used as a laundry mat for local businesses, being used for floral showing and finally becoming  a park. Around 1912, Theodore Wirth recommended to the owners of the land, to sell the land to build  a laundry mat but the land got sold off to “Board” and in which they sold off the land in 1925, and from there, it was out of their hands on what the sold off land was going to be used for. My sources relate to each other because it shows a mental picture of before and after the land looked like. As, one of my sources states, that the park was not intentionally supposed to be a park. I wish my sources were more specific on he history of the land but it was nearly impossible to find such great details and history of the land. It is always interesting to find out about the history of and landmark in general. So, when you find out that Place A wasn’t supposed to be Place A, you get curious to figure out was it was supposed to be intentionally. So, that is why I decided Lyndale Farmstead Park, to educate myself and my fellow Minnesotans. 
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  • “Lost Minneapolis Parks: The Complete List, Part II.” Minneapolis Park History, 2012,

  • “Theodore Wirth House–Administration Building.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 13 Oct. 2018,

  • MNHS Hub – Viewer, Pg. 15.

  • MNHS Hub – Viewer, Pg. 6.

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The Warming House

Bryant Avenue has many artistic and cultural buildings running along it, and one specific place encourages embracing the creativity of music and how it brings communities together.  The Warming House is a non-profit listening room that has both ticketed performances and open mic nights for anyone wanting to share their love for music. Encouraging a close community to expand their shared love for the performing arts instills the feeling of home that many Minnesotans cherish.

The Star Folk playing at The Warming House

The Warming House is a recently opened (in 2016) live music venue along Bryant Avenue in Minneapolis.  The founders of the building wanted to create a space where Minnesotans could connect with one another about their love for local music.  The Warming House has both ticketed performances and free open mic nights, for anyone to come in and perform.

One major influencer to the Minnesota live music scene was Prince.  His unique style and creative appearance and stage presence inspired many in his generation, and introduced them to the hometown live music scene.  He especially inspired many black musicians to try and make their names known in the music industry.  This also contributed to the increase in popularity of genres like hip hop and r&b.

Prince’s impact in music can still be see all over in Minnesota.  Every adult and most of the younger generations know exactly who Prince was and know his music when ever he is mentioned.  Prince’s death brought Minnesotans even closer together, as the entire state mourned the loss of their “prince.”  

With technological advances and new ways of listening and experiencing music, many are worried about the disappearance of more traditional forms of music; specifically, orchestral.

However, that doesn’t seem to be an issue in Minnesota.  Younger generations are trying their hardest to keep traditional music alive.  There isn’t a large amount of live orchestras performing or having shows, but younger communities know where to find music.  Luckily with technology, it’s not hard to find an orchestral performance on youtube or a playlist of classical music on Spotify.

This leads us to Minnesota’s music streaming community.

There are so many ways to stream music online, whether it’s a newer platform like Spotify (or Soundcloud if you’re looking for indie or up and coming artists) or local radio shows for music that’s closer to home.

There are some who are worried about too much online streaming access.  What could online streaming mean for the live performers, for those who prefer finding local bands in a run down, quiet venue rather than through headphones or computer speakers?

Music is a way to connect with others and talk about a similar love for the art.  Online streaming access can be beneficial to artists trying to get their sound out into the community.  Younger generations rely on social media and streaming to find new music and artists they would like.  However, this doesn’t take away their want of seeing an artist perform live.  One of the best things about music is connecting with fans and the artist over their shared love of music.

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