This Project is being done in collaboration with the City of Vadnais Heights, and a great amount of support from the following project partners:




Make [Y]Our Mark is fully funded by a grant and by a commitment from a private foundation. The grant is from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and supported through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. The private contribution is from the Glassman Family Foundation, established by Ron Glassman, owner of Tousley Motor Sports, Inc., Vadnais Heights.


Merrick.jpeg Merrick Inc., a non-profit organization located on Labore Road, empowers adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities and guides them toward realizing their goals and dreams. “Making this project even more special is that Merrick’s clients will help paint the tiles, getting them ready for everyone’s ‘signatures,'” said Carly Schmitt, the artist leading this project. About 300 of Merrick’s clients participate in work and earn wages; 50 of Merrick’s clients are involved in therapeutic and life activities on a volunteer basis. The community mural project plans on collaborating with both Merrick client groups.

st.png As for S & T Office Products, located on Kristen Court, there’s a special place in its heart for Vadnais Heights Commons. Widely known for its commitment to and involvement in the community, it was S & T that provided the furniture and interior design expertise for the beautiful building that lies at the center of the community, providing an ideal location for civic events, such as the Lions Pancake Breakfast. The extraordinary venue is also available for rent for businesses functions, weddings, and other special occasions.

Jen Gieseking is the web site administrator and academic researcher aiming to write up this project with Carly in terms of community-building, place, and identity through art. She is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental psychology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  She met Carly in Germany this past year and she was thrilled about the Make [Y]Our Mark project.  She jumped in to help Carly build this site, and both Jen and Carly look forward to building upon the discussions on this site to write about the meaning of community, identity, and art in today’s world.  In her work, Jen is very interested in the space between real and imagined, physical and virtual spaces, and she hopes she and Carly can think about how the mural, its community, and the ideas and experiences of Vadnais Height residents span those spaces. In the broader scheme of life, she is interested in the co-production of urban space and identity with a special focus on sexuality and gender, cognitive and mental mapping methodologies, theories of the geographical imagination, and expressions of justice, oppression, and the everyday. She has held fellowships with Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor FellowMacaulay Honors College CUNY as Instructional Technology FellowHunter College CUNY as Writing FellowThe Center for Place, Culture, and Politics,Summer Institute for Geographers of JusticeThe Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellows Program, as well as being the recipient of the CUNY Graduate Center Proshansky Dissertation Award. She has performed research with the Public Space Research Group at the Center for Human Environments. Her home web site is

Sven B Müller is the project photographer and architectural consultant. He works as a freelance Architect and hold a Dipl. in Architecture from the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany.

Photo by Andrea Theis

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