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foundation puts msp's best foot forward

a little-known minnesota nonprofit works behind the scenes to ensure that the twin cities' front door — minneapolis-st. paul international airport — looks and feels inviting to the millions that pass through it every year.the airport foundation partners closely with msp's operator, the metropolitan airports commission (mac), to deploy hundreds of trained volunteers, display local art and showcase musicians at both its terminals.its mission: sell minnesota as a welcoming, innovative and quality place to visit and maybe even live."forty percent of passengers who come to the airport never leave the airport. they are connecting," said jana webster, the foundation's executive director. "it's an opportunity you have with a captive audience. you have a chance to give them a taste of the region. we want people to come to the airport and know they are in minnesota."webster said the foundation and mac anticipate spending as much as $7 million on art and cultural events in the next five years, including the installation of larger-than-life mosaics by local artists at each of the airport's 140 paired bathrooms. about a dozen mosaics already are installed and on display.and the airport foundation is planning special offerings for super bowl visitors, highlighted by a 10-day "performing arts spectacular" that includes irish dancers, american indian drummers and bollywood-style performers. airport stress-busters pat carlson, top, played the harp for msp visitors. abo...