Creating Welcoming Places Through the Arts

Artify MuralThe future site of PPL housing in St. Paul has undergone a dramatic transformation—before any construction begins. The long-abandoned corner of Hamline and University Avenues, soon the site of PPL housing, has gotten a makeover at the hands of local artists aiming to change the landscape of the Central Corridor Light Rail line.

Artists and volunteers are bringing life back to the one-time Midway Chevrolet site through a project called ARTIFY, an initiative of Springboard for the Arts, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the City of Saint Paul. Current and future projects, from social ‘paint-in’ gatherings to the exterior mural that now brightens the street corner, center around artistic interpretations of home, neighborhood, and community.

For more on how you can get involved in ARTIFY, visit

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