What do you know? What do you want to know?

Knowledge and curiosity are the catalysts for Give & Take, a public art project created by Works Progress in 2009. We launched Give & Take as a series of monthly gatherings at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis to encourage relationships, reciprocity and resilience in our community. Initial funding came from a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community Arts Grant. The project has since evolved into an open source public engagement project that opens space for face-to-face exchange of ideas and resources in many different communities.

Give & Takes is comprised of interactive presentations by community members, participatory social games developed by Works Progress and other Give & Take organizers, and ample opportunity for conversation and exchange.

With funding from the Bush Foundation we’re developing and producing a new Give & Take Kit that anyone can use to put the principles of this project into action. What we hope to develop next is a digital tool to accompany the project, enabling us to scale the Give & Take Kit regionally and then nationally; to create a hub for neighborhood and community organizers to develop and share new interactive Give & Take games, and to provide Give & Take organizers with an online tool to document, map and share the ideas and connections that emerge through their work. The Give & Take Kit will be available for purchase in May of 2014. The website project will remain in development as we pursue support.

Project Information


Ben Shardlow, Troy Gallas

More Information

Give & Take

Videos on Vimeo

Photos on Flickr


Photo Credits

Zoe Prinds-Flash, Kaeti Hinck, Ryan Siemers, Rochelle Gibbs