Ward 6 News ~ November 16, 2012

Minneapolis Ward 6 Council Member Robert Lilligren

November 16, 2012

Art at the Center of Planning


On Tuesday November 13th I participated in a media event at the wonderful Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center that highlight three unique, arts-driven projects in Minneapolis chosen to receive almost $1 million in ArtPlace grant funding to invest in art, design and culture to help increase economic opportunities for people.


The three organizations receiving grant funds were Intermedia Arts, the Pillsbury House + Theater and the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI). The three Minneapolis projects were among almost 2,200 applications to ArtPlace from across the country. Fewer than 50 projects were funded nationally. It is significant that three projects in Minneapolis were awarded funds.


Intermedia Arts, a non-profit arts and cultural center in South Minneapolis will receive a $325,000 grant from ArtPlace for a project that will embed artists in the city’s planning process. The program focuses on Minneapolis communities that are undergoing critical change and are ripe for the infusion of artists and diverse perspectives. Possible projects to receive artist involvement include the development of transit corridors, planning around environmental issues and the transformation infrastructure.


Pillsbury House + Theatre will receive $250,000 to establish a new Chicago Avenue Arts District. Chicago Avenue runs through one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Minneapolis metro area, and has seen new investment in the past year by a handful of arts groups. The Chicago Avenue Arts District will help forge these emerging assets into a creative network. The project will engage community residents, artists, youth, businesses, arts nonprofits and others in creating and consuming art.


The final ArtPlace grant in Minneapolis is also the largest, with $435,000 dedicated to create a new front door for the Native American Cultural Corridor. The half-mile corridor was established in 2010 with the goal of revitalizing a low income neighborhood with the densest urban population of Native Americans in the country. The undeveloped light rail station area at one end of the Corridor has been a barrier to connecting the heart of the Cultural Corridor to transit and the adjacent Seward Neighborhood. This project will develop a unique cultural gateway and arts market at the station to welcome people to the corridor and serves as a unique community gathering space. Public art, festivals and food will make it an inviting entrance to the neighborhood.


I am the Chair of the Board of Directors of NACDI. This young organization has accomplished a lot toward a community-driven vision of a Native American Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue from the LRT station to 11th Avenue. NACDI has embraced an asset-based approach to growth in the American Indian Community. The ArtPlace project supports the Cultural Corridor and brings welcome and much needed improvements to the pedestrian realm around the light rail station. ArtPlace is a new national collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, to accelerate creative ‘placemaking’ across the U.S. To date, ArtPlace has raised almost $50 million to work alongside federal and local governments to transform communities with strategic investments in the arts.

Robert Lilligren

Mondays with Robert

Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.

You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or alondra.cano@minneapolismn.gov to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.

First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am

Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am

Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am

Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am

Please note that Monday, Nov. 19,  community office hours are cancelled due to ward work week.

ArtPlace Media Event

In photo above, Council Vice President Robert Lilligren participates in the November 16 press event at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center along with the selected ArtPlace organizations including the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), Pillsbury House + Theater, and Intermedia Arts.

Climate Action Open Houses

The City of Minneapolis is updating the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan, a roadmap to help the City reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The public is invited to two open houses to get feedback on draft recommendations that are now before the Climate Action Plan Steering Committee.

5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27
Powderhorn Park Community Center

3400 15th Ave. S.

5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29
U of M UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N.

You can read the draft recommendations and take a short survey to help the City hear the public's input.

Over the last 10 months, the City has worked with public, private and nonprofit partners and the community to update the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan. While climate change is a global issue, local action can make a difference.Visit the Climate Action Plan web page to find out how to get involved.

From the Office of City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren
350 South 5th Street, City Hall, Room 307, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Robert.Lilligren@minneapolismn.gov · Ward 6 website · (612) 673-2206

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