Placemaking: St. Paul's Irrigate Project

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What it does: 

Launched in 2011, Irrigate incorporates placemaking into the St. Paul portion of the Central Corridor Light Rail line, also known as “the Green Line.” Irrigate is recognized nationally for pioneering its artist-led creative placemaking initiative, specifically for emphasizing collaboration between artists, neighborhoods, and businesses.


Irrigate aims to mobilize and train local artists to create positive physical, economic, and social impacts along the corridor. The project works to attract and retain artists from all backgrounds so as encourage local investment and support of long-term improvements along the corridor.

Cost & Financing: 

Primarily, Irrigate is funded through foundations. Artists collaborating with business or community organization may receive funding from $1000 to $3000. Each artist is allocated $1000 and up to three artists can work together to receive $3000.


Nearly 600 artists have been trained in placemaking and about one third of those artists completed 120 collaborative placemaking projects along the Green Line. The placemaking projects extended over six St. Paul district councils and 30 million people were exposed to Irrigate placemaking. Irrigate left a positive message for community development, artists, creativity, placemaking, business, and community engagement. All articles written about Irrigate are overwhelmingly positive of the effort.

Key Contacts: 

Name Organization Phone Number E-mail
Jun-Li Wang Springboard for the Arts (651) 789-2084

Jake Spano City of St. Paul (651) 266-8527

Jun-Li Wang is the program manager of the Irrigate project while Jake Spano is the city staff involved with the leadership team.

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Last Updated August 19, 2014 | Written By Mimi Tam