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Interested in joining the Lincoln Park Business Group?


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Call For Artists

RFP for Public Art at Lincoln Park – “Elephant Rock”

The Lincoln Park Business group requests proposals from regional artists for a temporary public art project at “Elephant Rock” in the Lincoln Park of Duluth, MN.

Deadline: September 15th at 55 pm

Panel Decision and notifications: September 23nd, 2017


The purpose of this Call For Artists is to retain an artist for a temporary site-specific artwork on the stone outcropping known as “elephant rock” in Lincoln Park located at 25th Ave West and 5th Street in Duluth, MN. The aim of this artwork is to celebrate the beauty of the park and the strength of the Lincoln Park neighborhood as well as engage the city-wide community in a focused visual arts event as part of the larger Lincoln Park Open House on October 13th.


An all-inclusive budget of $900 is available for this project. This amount represents all professional services, supplies, materials, and deliverables related to the artwork.


Residents of Minnesota or Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Artists working in any media are welcome. The finished piece must be part of the ‘Elephant Rock’ outcropping and must be temporary in nature. The finished work must be made either with materials that can wash away in the rain or removed by the artist after a week. In the past liquid chalk has been used for materials.

Selection of work:

The selection panel will consist of Lincoln Park artists, community members, and business owners.

Selection will be based on the artist’s ability to demonstrate an original voice and a mastery of the chosen materials. The selection committee is looking for an artist who will be able to deliver on a large scale project in a required amount of time.  Artists should take into account history of the neighborhood, and celebratory nature of the Lincoln Park Open House festival. Imagery does not need to be Elephant or animal in nature but should be family friendly and should celebrate the beauty of the park and the strength of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Application Materials

Email application to

There is no fee for submission

The following materials are required for an application to be considered complete:

-Contact information including name, address, email, and phone number
-Resume or CV
-Artist Statement
-Work Samples: between 5 and 10 media files (media may include images, text, audio, or video depending on the nature of the artist’s work)

About the Lincoln Park Business Group and the Lincoln Park neighborhood

The mission of the Lincoln Park Business Group is to lead and promote the revitalization of Lincoln Park through business, economic, and community development.

As part of our community development efforts, we are proud to support our namesake park with this unique activity for Lincoln Park Open House. Although part of the park will be under construction, Elephant Rock will remain untouched and accessible. Previous perceptions of the Lincoln Park neighborhood are being reformed as multiple efforts throughout the neighborhood elevate and honor the long craft and maker history of Our Lincoln Park. The presence of active artists and citizen engagement with public art installations continue to build the area’s creative and economic growth. 

Lincoln Park facts: 

  • Originally designed as the “western bookend” park by City park founders to compliment Chester Creek Park on the eastern end.
  • The 37 acre park features 1.5 miles of walking trails along majestic Miller Creek.
  • Lincoln Park has the honor of hosting Duluth’s very first playground, which was created in 1908. 
  • From 1911 to 1949 Lincoln Park hosted an annual Swedish-American Midsummer Festival where anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people attended. 
  • Park features are currently being improved to include a new accessible play space, additional picnic areas, repaired infrastructure, and added park programming. 

Pictured in the Pocket Park:  LPBG President Charlie Deville, LPBG Board Member David Hoole, City of Duluth’s Jason Hale

Lincoln Park’s New ‘Pocket Park’

The small corner park on the corner of 19th Avenue West and Superior Street, often called the “Pocket Park”, was dedicated on June 22 during the Lincoln Park Solstice Street Party.

“This new park is a culmination of a lot of hard work and groups working together to make a positive change in Lincoln Park”, says Charlie Deville, President of the Lincoln Park Business Group.  “When groups and organizations work together and maintain a working relationship with their City, projects like this are possible. We hope everyone in Lincoln Park and the Duluth/Superior community have a chance to enjoy this park and to use it as a good example of how dedication and community involvement can produce positive outcomes for neighborhoods.”

Executive Director Announced for the Lincoln Park Business Group

“We are excited to announce the promotion of Julia Mattson to Executive Director of the Lincoln Park Business Group”, says Charlie Deville, LPBG’s President.  “Julia’s new role with our organization will ensure its longevity and continuity. Her new responsibilities will include building and strengthening relationships within the business community and growing the committees that are the backbone of the Lincoln Park Business Group”, Charlie adds.  “Please join me in thanking Julia for her eight years of service, and welcome her in this new role as she reaches out to Lincoln Park Business Group members”.

Member Profile

Bryan French, Director of the Duluth Folk School

Duluth Folk School

Some people have walked by the Duluth Folk School at 1917 West Superior Street, and wondered “what is this place?”  Well, this is the Duluth Folk School, and their mission is to teach people how to work with their hands, to learn skills, arts, and crafts, and have fun while doing it.

Bryan French and Tim Bates are the co-founders of this organization that focuses on hand crafting.  They were inspired by the Grand Marais Folk School, and are very excited about having a folk school in Duluth.  It’s important to them that the Duluth Folk School helps students learn for personal fulfillment and enjoyment, as well as contributing to the community.  Local instructors teach classes such as nature journaling, making rhubarb wine, rag rug making, making your own cocktail bitters, grafting hardy apple trees, crafting your own Greenland kayak paddle, introduction to kayaking, making your own felt hat, adult and youth basic woodworking, and circular saw skills.  Bryan says “watch the website for classes coming up”.

Currently, the Duluth Folk School is creating a traditional coffee shop and café, which will open the end of August.  They will have coffee, tea, beer, wine, soup, sandwiches, and pastries.  They even have a pastry chef creating recipes.  The “Dovetail Café & Marketplace” will be a wonderful addition to the Duluth Folk School and to the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Check out their web site at, and on Facebook.

Help Sponsor the UMD Internship In Lincoln Park

Destination Duluth has seven interns from UMD working with them this semester. Sponsors of this program are able to have interns promote their business by writing about it, taking photos, promoting your business on Facebook, and even possibly having a drone shoot video of your location.

This is a great intern program that Destination Duluth is managing, and they are looking for additional sponsors to help cover their costs. It can be a tremendous benefit for your business–these interns are creative, smart and enthusiastic, and have experience in marketing and writing. By being a sponsor you will be supporting a very worthwhile program in Lincoln Park.

Please check out Destination Duluth’s website at for all the great things they do to promote Duluth. Contact Jerry Thoreson of Destination Duluth to find out more about their intern program. He can be reached at

Benefits of the Membership

  • Listing with your website link and logo on our website.
  • Ability to add your events to our website’s calendar.
  • A quarterly newsletter.
  • Advertising and promotional opportunities.
  • Event sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.
  • Current business group news via direct mailings and email news blasts.
  • Access to purchase printed membership list and labels.
  • Discounts on copying and faxing services.
  • Reduced vendor rates for festivals and events.
  • Assistance with special occasions or grand openings.
  • Primary consideration for business group contracts, purchases, and services.
  • Opportunities to network at business group events like after-hours socials, luncheon seminars, and membership dinners.
  • Advocacy for all of your local business concerns.

Thanks to all our friends of Lincoln Park Business Group!

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