Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Community Vitality Fellowship

Developing Community Collaborations to Advance Transportation Goals through Transportation for America’s Artist in Residence Program


  • March 20, 2019: Smart Growth America: T4A Releases call for artists.
  • April 17, 2019: Webinar: Call for Artists: MnDOT Community Vitality Fellowship
  • May 1, 2019: Application deadline.
  • June 2019: Interviews & selection with panel of leaders from partner agencies.
  • July 29, 2019: Fellowship and rotations begin. T4A staff will orient fellow on site for 3-5 days and introduce project to MnDOT staff.
  • Dec. 1, 2019: Departmental rotations conclude.
  • October 2019: Present at Rail~Volution Conference 2019.
  • June 2020: Final meeting with T4A, MnDOT leadership and fellow; second webinar Presentation.
  • Winter 2020: MnDOT leadership presents program to state DOT leaders at SSTI Community of Practice convening

Fellowship rotations

The fellow will be embedded at MnDOT for a 12-month period, spending the first four months in departmental rotations and shadowing to understand MnDOT’s operations and strategic priorities. These departments include:

  • Public Engagement and Constituent Services and Tribal Affairs
  • Greater MN District Offices
  • Metro District Office
  • Center for Community Connections & Rethinking I-94
  • Office of Transit and Active Transportation
  • Office of Environmental Stewardship
  • Office of Land Management
  • Project Management and Tech Support
  • Bridge
  • Maintenance
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV-X)


  • Complete a final report with recommendations for process enhancements at MnDOT;
  • Culminating the residence with (1) new project, proposal or process at MnDOT;
  • A training for MnDOT project managers on strategies for working with communities requesting art, placemaking and enhanced green infrastructure on MnDOT right of way;
  • A brief field scan of art and placemaking currently in MnDOT’s right of way;
  • An analysis of innovative public engagement tactics utilized for MnDOT projects to engage underrepresented communities in project design and planning;
  • Summary of interviews with MnDOT District Engineers and rural economic development professionals around greater Minnesota on placemaking and transportation infrastructure