Place-Making Artists


Conie Borchardt is a wandering minstrel who believes singing together weaves stronger communities.  She leads Grace Notes, a hospice choir, and hosts Sing Heavenly Harmony, a.k.a., SHH!, a contemplative aural tradition song circle.  More info at:

Molly Balcom Raleigh makes participatory performances using food and eating, acting, singing, book arts and temporary installation. She is a co-founder of the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, and works as the Development Officer for Forecast Public Art. She lives in St. Paul.

Robyn Hendrix is a visual artist in Minneapolis who makes playful, quirky drawings and watercolor paintings of mutated or abstract organic forms.

Talia Galowitch is a performer, Drama Therapist, and Youthworker dedicated to creating playful encounter wherever she goes.

Jennifer Johnson is a performance artist and Drama Therapist who loves to create spaces for encounter with others through play and the arts.

Annabella Sardelis is a printmaker who specializes in textile and lighting design. Her textile line, the pillowtalk project, features limited edition, one-of-a-kind screen printed textiles.

Shakun Maheshwari is a visual artist, folk artist, and photographer. Art is her life and passion. She has run her own art business called Shakuntala Design, Inc. since 1974. She teaches, does demonstrations, workshops, and residencies. She is a roster artist for Young Audiences Art and Compass.

Amelia Brown's passions create a crossroad of service, travel, and photography. She serves communities in front of and behind the lens through her photography business Amelia's Adventures. More information at

Bridget Beck is a sculptor whose work centers on the action of play. Her scultpures aim to trigger fond memories and prompt fantastic thoughts while building community. For more information see:

Rudy Arnold is a Documentary Photographer who uses the medium to learn and share stories about his subject matter. His passion lies in building relationships with individuals in the Hamline/Midway neighborhood. His most recent work documents a series of small businesses that build community in the Hamline/Midway neighborhood. For more information see:


Vacant Heart with Conie and Molly on July 22 and August 12

Home is where the heart is. What happens when no one's home? Through stories, songs, and handmade flags, Vacant Heart gives voice to the losses embodied in vacant houses and the neighborhood's hopes for their futures.

pLaYMaGinAtiON sPaCE! with Jen, Talia, and Robyn on July 8, July 29, and August 19

Does your imagination need a space to roam free? Come explore the imaginative space, using art and play for all ages. Come one, come all to the pLaYMaGinAtiON sPaCE! Block party guests are invited to help the artists decorate the pLaYMaGinAtiON sPaCE! by making watercolor paintings and mobile sculptures and responding to optional questions about what you think and feel about your street and neighborhood. Guests' creations will be hung on clotheslines during the party to brighten up the play space. Neighbors will be invited into the pLaYMaGinAtiON sPaCE! to participate in improvisational theatre experience that will including sound, movement, and role-play. Guests are welcome to take their creations will them as they leave the party as a keepsake. Hope you'll come paint and play with us!

Full of Hope with Annabella and Shakun on August 12 and August 19

Did you ever think you'd make a bowl from a magazine? Today's your chance! Get to know your neighbors and share in the experience together while creating a work of art to take home! Come make a bowl from recycled magazines. Tear or cut strips of magazines; using an existing bowl as a mold, use glue to adhere the magazine pages-- creating a beautiful recycled work of art.

Ring Toss Bench! with Bridget on July 8 and July 29

Hammer, drill, grind, and paint your way to a fun place to sit and play! Create colorful sculptural 'sitting spots' made of metal and wood and put them in your front yard or boulevard. If you are between the ages of 7 and 95 and have limited to no building experience- this is the project for you. Take interactive artwork to a new level as you 'do-it-yourself' and build a place to relax or share a ring toss with a neighbor.

I Wish, I Will with Amelia on August 12 and August 19

What are your wishes? What can you do to make your wishes come true? Share you wishes and what you can do to make them a reality through the "I Wish, I Will" project. There will be stickers and yard signs with the words "I wish... I will..." and plenty of space for you to write in your thoughts. Create a sticker to wear during the block party to get to know your neighbors. Create a yard sign to bring home with you. You can even have your photo taken with your completed stickers and yard signs to capture the moment! Share your wishes and take steps to create the community you wish your for!

Neighborhood Flags with Rudy on July 22 and August 12

Come out and make cool neighborhood flags! They can be put in your yard, on your bike, or anywhere you want to show others what really gets you interested about your neighborhood. We will be painting a variety of designs on small flags. Individuals will be able to choose a design and then paint it on the flag of their choice. After letting it dry for a few minutes the flag can be taken home to show others your pride for living in Hamline-Midway or Frogtown neighborhoods.

Check back soon for more about the artists and the projects they'll be doing at the CCFS Block Parties all summer long!

The Friendly Streets Place-Making Artists are working with Springboard for the Arts. Fore more information about Springboard: