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A little Kumbaya?
Did you know that Council Member Betsy Hodges wrote a young adult novel, wind energy attorney Cam Winton is a campfire guitarist extraordinaire, and that Mark Andrew once dreamed of being a professional writer?
These quirky admissions of artistic interests came out during a two-hour forum for Minneapolis mayoral candidates at the MacPhail Center, where the theme of the night was how they would support the arts.
It wasn’t all so lighthearted. Early on, Winton slammed the Convention Center’s “mood ring” sculpture suspended 30 feet above the ground as a waste of public money that he would not have endorsed as mayor, instead favoring arts spending that has a municipal purpose. Former City Council President Cherryhomes countered that the project was “fabulous place-making” worth the money.
All the candidates agreed, however, that arts are a vital part of Minneapolis, and that the city should involve the philanthropic and business community much more in arts initiatives to stretch public dollars.
Candidates also said if they were mayor they’d have forced labor and management to the table much earlier on to resolve the Minnesota Orchestra lockout.