Ward 8 Update Newsletters

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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March 9, 2015


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, Room 129

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Minneapolis, City of Lakes

Thank you Andrea Jenkins!


Andrea Jenkins Selected as Oral Historian for Tretter Collection Transgender Project

After twelve years in City Hall as a Senior Policy Aide, nine with Council Member Glidden and three with Council Member Robert Lilligren, Andrea Jenkins is moving on to MAKE HISTORY as the first Oral Historian of the Transgender Project of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota.  Join us in thanking Andrea for her contributions to Ward 8 and the City of Minneapolis!

As a highly acclaimed poet and spoken word artist, Andrea has helped advise and guide efforts of the City to develop arts related policy and better connect with the local artist community.  Her work at the intersection of 38 and Chicago, predating her tenure in City Hall, has helped to improve safety and economic activity.  Andrea has championed clean energy and environmental justice issues, changing the city’s organizational culture to include race equity goals, and staffed many large-scale projects such as reopening Nicollet and designing a major transit station at I-35W and Lake Street.  

In 2014, Andrea helped develop and staff the City’s Transgender Issues Work Group and produced the City’s first Transgender Summit, an event which hosted hundreds of community members.  This groundbreaking work was supported unanimously by the City Council and Mayor and brought City departments on a path to improving service to the transgender community.

So many neighbors know Andrea as a constant presence and ambassador on behalf of the Eighth Ward at community and business meetings, using resident input to solve neighborhood challenges and design policy solutions.  

We are so fortunate that Andrea chose to contribute her talent, energy, and passion to serving Ward 8 and the City of Minneapolis for so many years, influencing policy-making at the local level with her unique and important perspective.  

I am so personally grateful for Andrea’s advice, mentorship, support, and guidance.  I remember my excitement when she first told me she was willing to work in the Ward 8 office - and I am glad that she has found fulfillment in working to advance important city policy issues for so many years.  Andrea’s input has shaped the direction and priorities and accessibility to residents of Ward 8, including our focus on social and economic justice, race equity, and ensuring great City services for all of our residents.

Please join me in wishing Andrea well in her new role as Oral Historian of the Tretter Collection’s Transgender Project!  

With much love to Andrea,


Community Open Mic Honoring Andrea Jenkins at Cafe Southside March 19



A chance for neighbors to thank Andrea for her years of work making the City and Ward 8 accessible and responsive, and wish her great success in her new role with the University of Minnesota Tretter Collection.

Where and when? 

Cafe Southside
3405 Chicago Ave South
Thursday, March 19, 6-8 pm

All are welcome!  Come, enjoy community space

Pangea World Theater Presents Q&A with Andrea Jenkins


Pangea World Theater Q&A With Andrea Jenkins

March 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m. | Pangea World Theater

$10 suggested donation, All proceeds to benefit the honoree

Space is limited. For presale tickets, call 612-203-1088

Q: Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of your favorite local progressive/radical artists and organizers? Ask them anything from the mundane to the meaning of life?

A: Pangea World Theater presents Q&A: Questions and Answers with Organizers and Artists, a series of intimate community conversations with some of the Twin Cities’ most creative, influential and dedicated organizers and artists, covering a limitless range of topics.

Andrea Jenkins, Intermedia Arts Board Chair, and Bush Fellow, is a writer, performer, educator and activist. She is a locally and nationally recognized poet, earning many awards, fellowships, and commissions. She currently works as the Senior Policy Aide to City Council Vice-President Elizabeth Glidden. Andrea has co-curated the Queer Voices Reading Series with John Medeiros at Intermedia Arts for 10 years (which is the longest running reading series of its kind in the country). A highly sought-after speaker, Andrea has served on the boards of Outfront MN, P-Fund, District 202, and Forecast Public Arts. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including most recently, "Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, edited by: Alexs Pate, J.Otis Powell! and Pamela Fletcher, and "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America", edited by Dr. Wallace Swan. In 2014, Andrea received the Legacy Award from Outfront MN, and the Pioneer Award from the Transgender Faith and Action Network. In 2012, Andrea was in the inaugural group "The Lavender 100", and received the "Power of One Award” from P-Fund in 2009. As a Transgender woman of color, she has committed herself to improving the conditions of LGBT people and the broader community through extensive volunteer service and leadership roles in community organizations.