The Minnesota Idea Open is gearing up again, and this one’s a doozy. In this round the Idea Open has teamed up with MCF member The Saint Paul Foundation for the Forever Saint Paul Challenge, offering a whopping $1 million to turn the winning idea into reality!
Why Saint Paul? As the Idea Open puts it:
Because place matters. When people love where they live, they invest time, energy and ideas to make it a great place. And we know that Minnesotans have crazy love for our capital city. What’s not to love? Saint Paul is home to our professional hockey team, regional theaters, jazz festivals, farmers’ markets, a winter carnival, the Hmong soccer tournament, Cinco de Mayo festivals and so much more.
So what would you do with $1 million to make Saint Paul great? Put on your thinking caps right now, and head over to the Idea Open’s website to read the full guidelines and criteria. The entry period opens on February 13.
Then plan to kick things off in person on February 16 at the newly renovated Union Depot. To celebrate the opening of the challenge, The Saint Paul Foundation will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Picture Made of Lite-Brite” with a giant art installation 12-feet tall by 24-feet long and filled with 520,000+ Lite-Brite pegs.
RSVP online and come early to help add the final Lite-Brite pegs before Mayor Chris Coleman, The Saint Paul Foundation’s Carleen Rhodes and a Guinness World Record judge host the official lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.