staff Team

The role of the staff team is to develop and manage the committee process, survey development and data analysis, focus group discussions, collaborate on open house events, plan drafting and editing and direct the council adoption process.

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Gülgün Kayim

Gülgün Kayim, joined the City of Minneapolis August 2011 in the newly created role of Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Previously she was the Assistant Director of the Bush Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program. Before joining Bush she served as the University of Minnesota’s Public Art on Campus Coordinator at the Weisman Art Museum and has also consulted extensively on site-specific performance, public art and artist professional development. Gülgün is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Minneapolis based site-specific performance collective, Skewed Visions awarded a 2004 City Pages Artists of the Year. She is a core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces and Theatre Without Borders and her artistic work has been recognized through a number of local, national and international awards grants and fellowships including a TCG Global Connections grant, Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship, a Creative Capital Foundation grant, Jerome Foundation travel grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Theatre Fellowship and NEA American Masterpieces Grant among others. Kayim’s work has been seen in the US, London, Cyprus and Russia, she trained in the US and London and holds an MA in Intercultural Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and BA (Hons) in Theatre and Film from the University of Middlesex, London. Kayim also serves teaches in the Dept. of the Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota.

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Rachel Engh

Program Associate
Rachel Engh is the program associate for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program. She is interested in exploring how city planners and artists collect and tell community stories. Most recently, she has worked with Public Art Saint Paul, PlaceBase Productions, Intermedia Arts, and Pillsbury House + Theatre. She holds a masters degree in urban and regional planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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Carrie Christensen

Project Manager
With a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University, Carrie is committed to advancing the role that public art plays in planning, design, and community engagement processes. Carrie’s Twin Cities-based work involves a range of projects and experiences in design, education, and community engagement that fall at the intersection of equity and the environment. She has contributed as a designer and organizer to several local initiatives including Creative CityMaking, Nice Ride, Twin Cities Greenways, St Anthony Park Wayfinding Art Bike Project, several local and regional bike and pedestrian plans, and most recently, Creative Placemaking in the South Loop. She has worked nationally and internationally on affordable housing, urban agriculture, transportation equity, and historic preservation efforts – which shape the foundation of her community-based practice. Carrie is currently an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design and an independent consultant in the field of creative placemaking.

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Anna Muessig

Gehl Studio
Anna is an Urban Planner at Gehl Studio, a Gehl Architects company focused on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life. At Gehl Studio, Anna specializes in creative placemaking, cultural programming, and economic development. She is passionate about making cities more inclusive through the intersection of urban policy, design, and cultural programming. Her previous projects range from investigating the impact of Minneapolis’ creative economy, urban strategy for New Orleans commercial corridors, the urban design of manufacturing in San Francisco and Brooklyn, organizing a Brooklyn food co-op, and producing a large-scale nighttime public art event in Brooklyn. In her free time, Anna likes to explore the forgotten edges of cities and go hiking and biking with her friends. Anna is originally from the Seward neighborhood and holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT.