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Dedication Set for The Mni Mural on August 24 500’ Mural on the Mankato Flood Wall Celebrates the Minnesota River

MANKATO, MN (August 18, 2016) — The CityArt program, a joint initiative of the City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, announces the dedication of The Mni Mural on Wednesday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m.

Created by Julie Johnson-Fahrforth (lead artist), Michael Cimino, Ann Judkins, Andrew Judkins and Craig Nagel, the 500’ mural depicts the Minnesota River before settlement. “Mni” means “water” in the Dakota language. 

A brief dedication, featuring civic and artistic leaders, will be followed by a water conservation program and celebration with informational booths, Bent River Bike and Boat activities, and food trucks.  The public is invited to attend to view the mural, meet the artists, and learn more about the Minnesota River.

The Mni Mural was funded by the Mankato Area Foundation, the City of Mankato Community Grant, and donations from businesses and individuals.

Members of the CityArt committee and Johnson-Fahrforth have been working with Mankato city staff and the US Army Corps of Engineers since September 2015 to determine the feasibility of a mural, in response to frequent requests from community members. Approval was granted in June and painting began in early July.




The City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization, is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. which includes the chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth and the local convention and visitor’s bureau, Visit Mankato. For more information visit citycentermankato.com.


Twin Rivers Council for the Arts is a collaborative alliance of local arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and community members who share a vision for the arts in Greater Mankato. Twin Rivers Council for the Arts serves as a unifying voice, advocating for and connecting arts groups to the community by providing services and shared resources to affiliate members throughout southern Minnesota. For more information visit twinriversarts.org.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership