The Minnesota Department of Transportation partnered with student artists from Lyndale Community School and Richard R. Green Central Park Elementary School in Minneapolis to create art representing how communities are connected and how people move throughout their city.  Selected projects will be displayed as part of a self-guided tour with eight information kiosks along I-35W in south Minneapolis and on an online interactive map. The self-guided tour is scheduled to launch throughout the corridor and online this spring.

MnDOT is inspired by the creativity from all student artists! Here is a sneak peek of their work:

Students in Ms. Walker's art class at Lyndale Community School in south Minneapolis explored the topic that each of us is a piece of community. Students at several grade levels took a quarter sheet of paper and created a group piece that could not be complete unless the pieces came together to form a whole.  Students used repetition and pattern to create this colorful collaborative art piece.

First- through fifth-graders in Ms. Lipps' art class at Richard R. Green Central Park Elementary School in south Minneapolis created this collaborative art project highlighting places in their community.

Jasper Gilbertson, fourth grade, created this beautiful bird’s eye view drawing of a city in Ms. Walker's art class at Lyndale Community School in south Minneapolis. He studied one-point perspective as a technique to show distance and space on a flat surface.

Oliver Freet, third grade, from Lyndale Community School in Minneapolis created this amazing drawing showing how people move in their community.  He studied the Minneapolis skyline and added unique characters that he creates for his original comics.

Students in Ms. Walker's art class at Lyndale Community School in south Minneapolis created this beautiful collaborative art project of shoes and soles moving together in community. Several grade levels used observational drawing to improve their technical skills and add texture to the bottom of their shoes.

Fourth-graders in Ms. Lipps' art class at Richard R. Green Central Park Elementary School in south Minneapolis drew these awesome pictures showing some of the different transportation methods in our city.

MnDOT is committed to building relationships with K-12 schools across the state and providing activities to enhance their STEM programs.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.  STEM curriculum blends those subjects to teach for the skills of the future.  Many are adding an “A” and integrating arts into their STEAM curriculum.  As you can see from the artwork above, these artists were able to capture and illustrate how communities are connected and highlight various ways that people move throughout a city, visualizing what engineers and transportation planners think about every day.