I explore Saint Paul’s West Side community and how its organizations, businesses, and artists have defined the neighborhood’s identity and history by means of community art since the 1960s. As this immigrant community has changed over the years, its identity and history has been presented differently through its art. The murals and sculptural works uniquely preserve these snapshots in the neighborhood’s history through changes in style, content and benefactor. By using the West Side as a case study, I discuss larger historical trends in public art, commodification of culture, ethnic enclaves, place making and authenticity.
Harris, Jenna F., "Making District Del Sol: The Murals of Saint Paul's West Side" (2008). History Honors Projects. 2.
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