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Competition Partners

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
With 182 park properties totaling nearly 6,732 acres of land and water, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board provides places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community, and the environment. Each year, approximately 18 million visits are made to the nationally acclaimed Minneapolis park system. Its urban forests, natural areas and waters endure and captivate. Its Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the Minneapolis park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work.  To learn more about the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, visit www.minneapolisparks.org.

Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Officed in the historic Theodore Wirth home at Lyndale Farmstead Park, The Minneapolis Parks Foundation is a non-profit supporter of the award winning Minneapolis park system. The Foundation provides private-sector partnership for the development of a 21st Century park system through its €œNext Generation of Parks€ initiative, a design-driven project that explores world class parks design and planning and will produce a €œdesign ideas€ competition. Learn more at http://mplsparksfoundation.org.

University of Minnesota College of Design
The College of Design encompasses the full range of design disciplines from graphic design, clothing design, and interior design to architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The college also includes programs in housing studies and retail merchandising. The faculty and students in the college seek to advance the quality and value of the natural, designed, and social environments, with a focus on the interaction of people and their world. Located in one of the major design cities and in one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the mission of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design is to be a national leader in the full range of design fields, with an emphasis on sustainable, socially responsible, civically engaged, user-sensitive, critical and collaborative design work. For more information, visit http://www.design.umn.edu/.

Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center\’s mission is to be a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities. Connect with us at http://www.walkerart.org/.