About the Prototyping Festival


Help us bring the concept behind the River Balcony to life with your ideas for making this future pedestrian path a vibrant destination and premier opportunity to connect to the Mississippi River.

On Saturday, September 10th from 2:00pm to 6:00 pm, the River Balcony will come alive with installations and programming, or “prototypes,” that demonstrate creative ways to bring the River Balcony to life. Its sidewalks, plazas, parks and pathway will be filled with temporary installations and programming including spaces for vibrant interaction, dynamic performance, restorative relaxation, and more.

Prototyping is the use of art, design, and social engagement to envision what a space can become and how it can serve a different role in our community.

From March 1 until April 1, 2016, local and national citizens and organizations are invited to submit innovative ideas to turn the River Balcony into a more engaging place for people to connect to the river and with one another.

Submit your ideas now! Find out more about the request for proposals here.