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Call for artwork – public art in transit


In 2004, Minnesotan artists contributed to a series of video and audio shorts that were created for a public art piece titled Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting by Janet Zweig, made for the Hiawatha Rail Line (now the METRO Blue Line). The shorts were an interpretation of the two Minnesota themes of either weather or courtesy (“Minnesota Nice.”)

In 2018, the technology of the artwork was updated. 2019 is the 15th anniversary of Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting, so Metro Transit and artist Janet Zweig will celebrate this anniversary by updating the content as well.

We would like to invite you to submit one or more new short pieces.

In 2019 and 2020, we will add approximately 50 audio and 50 video shorts to the existing playlist. The topics will continue to be weather and courtesy, since there are new aspects to each of these that have developed over the last 15 years.

In the intervening years, recording audio and video has become much easier with cellphones and easy-to-use editing software. So, we will not be editing any of the entries. Submittals need to exactly meet requirements as set out in this call. If they do not, we may come back to you to ask you for revisions, or we may reject the submittal.

To learn more about Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting, and to hear and view existing audio and video clips, visit the webpage.


You must be an original artist of the project or a Minnesota-based artist.


Time-based material only: Please do not send still images or images of artwork.

The two themes: All material should be related, in some way, to one of the two clichés about Minnesota: the weather or courtesy ("Minnesota nice.") These themes can be interpreted very broadly. If you are an artist from the original project, entries may relate to your 2004 accepted submission or may be completely different. We will select material that is in the spirit of the project: witty, gutsy, edgy, informative, surprising, whimsical, or amusing.

Length of submissions: From 10 seconds to approximately 1.5 minutes per piece. You may send multiple entries (for example, several jokes, songs, or stories).

Credit line: Record your credit line after each entry. The credit line will be brief and at the end of each entry. At the end of each audio file you may say: "This has been Your Name." On each video, you may put "copyright Your Name" on the screen for three seconds. You can add the year if you wish, but please, no website addresses or anything else added to the credit line.


Audio: MP3 files

Video (with audio): MPEG4. Please note that all video will be presented on 7" wide-aspect ratio monitors (16:9 ratio.)

If you are unfamiliar with recording audio or video, consider collaborating with a videographer or sound engineer to record your work.

If you have questions about the recording or converting of your files, contact us by email, and we will try to help you.


Accepted submissions will receive $100 per minute or less, with a maximum per entry of $200. The maximum for any individual artist or group is $500 for three accepted entries. Feel free to submit as many entries as you’d like.


There will be two deadlines so all four seasons can be represented in submittals. Submittals not dependent on seasonal weather can be submitted by either deadline.

1st Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019
2nd Deadline: May 30, 2020


All submittals should be emailed to:
Be sure to include all your contact information: your name, address, telephone number, and email address.

If your file is too big to send via attachment to an email, either share a link to a cloud service (GoogleDocs, DropBox, etc.), use a file sharing service like WeTransfer, or send files on a flash drive to:

Metro Transit
c/o Mark Granlund
677 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN 55114

After submittal: All shorts will be reviewed by a review panel. You will be contacted about acceptance or rejection of submittals.

If your entry is accepted: you will receive a usage agreement followed by the honorarium. Copyright of the material will remain yours.

If you have questions, please email