Minneapolis Connects: May 2016

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

May 2016

May is American Indian Month in Minnesota

American Indian Month Parade 2016

Monday started the month-long American Indian month celebration with a kick-off event.  The community gathering began with a morning prayer and a parade from the Little Earth community to the Minneapolis American Indian Center.  Community members were joined by Councilmember Cano, Councilmember Warsame, and other local officials.  Staff from the Minneapolis Fire Department, the Minneapolis Police Department, and MnDOT also joined in the celebration.

Many of the American Indian organizations in the metro area have open houses and other celebratory events as part of American Indian Month.  You can find a listing of these events on the American Indian month calendar

NCR Welcomes New Neighborhood Support Specialist Ariah Fine

Ariah Fine

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is pleased to welcome Ariah Fine as our new Neighborhood Support Specialist beginning May 16, 2016. Ariah is a North Minneapolis resident and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Neighborhood Association. 

He was also one of the project leaders for the Creative Citymaking team working on the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement. He is a former Bush Foundation Fellow (2013), and has served in many community capacities such as neighborhood board member and school site council. Ariah believes strongly in a resident and relationship driven approach to community engagement, and has extensive experience in connecting community in creative ways that break out of traditional public engagement formats.  Please join us in welcoming Ariah!

Applicants sought for Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission districts 2, 4, 6 and 8

Boards and Commissions

This year, Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) seats from neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for election through the neighborhood election process. The deadline for applications is May 13. In addition, one (1) Mayoral and two (2) City Council positions are up for appointment through the City’s appointment process.

Elections will be held Thursday, June 16. Neighborhoods should notify NCR of their electors by Wednesday, June 8.

Visit the website for additional details, including the election process and candidate applications. 

Meet a Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commissioner: David Boyd

David Boyd

District 1 Representative  

Term: 1st two-year term

Ward: 4

Neighborhood: Lind-Bohanon

Sub-committees: Neighborhoods 2020 committee, the NRP Policy Board, the Grievance Committee, Orientation Committee, and Community Innovation Fund.

How long have you been active in your community and what made you get involved in community work?

I became active in my community for about eight years directly. Indirectly, I have always been actively involved since I've moved to my community 24 years ago. After I ran for State office I felt energized and wanted to get more involved directly with my community.

What do you like most about your neighborhood or community?

My community and Lind-Bohanon is rich in life. We have a great elementary school, Jenny Lind, and a beautiful park, Bohanon, which I live across the street from, and we're located about seven and a half minutes north of downtown. It's like I live in the suburbs after 6:30 in the evening. Kids playing at the park or cricket being played at the park on Saturdays and Sundays or any given time during the spring or fall a softball game is going on. During the summer time the community pool is always packed with families or people are biking down the Greenway on 49th past my home or families walking dogs to the river or to Shingle Creek Parkway. Most of all it feels like the people are good in nature, hard-working and caring about where they live.

Are there other boards and committees you are or have been on? 

Yes. I am the treasurer for Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association. I'm also involved in a couple different committees, their executive committee and assist in a couple of other communities. I am on the Neighborhoods 2020 committee, the NRP Policy Board, the grievance committee, orientation committee, and Community Innovation Fund.

Do you have any tips for residents interested in running for neighborhood boards and/or City boards and commissions?

I would say come to the meetings, get to know your community organization first, and then when you're ready, volunteer at one of the events and come on and jump right on in. As for the city boards or commissions, if you're interested in participating in the big picture, what a great way to learn how the city works. I was asked by several North Minneapolis community organization members and a former commissioner to join. At first I was not sure, then I realized there were great opportunities to advance the causes of the great people of North Minneapolis.


The “Meet a Commissioner” series of the monthly Minneapolis Connects newsletter is intended for readers to get to know representatives of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). The NCEC is a 16 member board that advises the Mayor and City Council on a wide range of community engagement issues.

The NCEC is responsible for developing guidelines for the City’s principal neighborhood funding program, the Community Participation Program, as well as the One Minneapolis Fund and the Community Innovation Fund. The Commission also works to broaden participation on advisory boards and commissions and develops recommendations for improving the City’s public participation process.

The Commission meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:00p.m. Learn more about the Commission

Help for Ecuador earthquake victims

Flag of Ecuador

On May 5, members of the Minneapolis Ecuadorian community gathered with other Northeast residents and NCR staff.  The group discussed ways to help victims of the April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador and support local Ecuadorians in the wake of this disaster. 

The City, the Ecuadorian consulate, La Raza radio and members of the Minneapolis Ecuadorian community formed a partnership to channel both food and dollars to Ecuador. Anyone can donate any time using this link: https://www.gofundme.com/minnesotaporecuado.

NCR issues Draft 2017-2019 CPP Guidelines for 45-Day Review and Comment Period

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) is sending out the draft 2017-2019 Community Participation Program (CPP) Guidelines for review and comment. These guidelines will direct how at least $3,000,000 each year will be allocated to recognized Minneapolis neighborhood organizations for community participation activities.

NCR encourages all neighborhood organization boards to review the draft guidelines and to provide comments to NCR by June 20, 2016.

Written comments must be received by NCR no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, 2016. Please submit comments in an electronic format if possible to ncr@minneapolismn.gov. Comments should be in text format (such as a Word document, a readable pdf, or via email) so that NCR can provide ADA accessible documents. If it is not possible to submit comments electronically, mail written comments to:

Neighborhood and Community Relations
Crown Roller Mill, Suite 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Position openings with neighborhood organizations

Cleveland logo

The Cleveland Neighborhood Association (CNA) is hiring an Executive Director. The Executive Director provides leadership, vision, direction, and administration for CNA in fulfilling its mission. The Executive Director is the primary representative of the agency in the community and is directly responsible for its success. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Board of Directors. The position is open until filled

The Heritage Park Neighborhood Association is hiring a Director. Responsibilities include directing finance and fundraising, providing leadership that mobilizes the neighborhood, supporting the board of directors, managing the organization and coordinating stakeholder relationships. This part time position is open until filled. 

HPNA logo
Holland logo

The Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association (HNIA) is hiring a Neighborhood Coordinator and a Community Organizer. These are part-time positions. 

The Neighborhood Coordinator will focus on community leadership and organizing, organizational development, financial management, and administration. Applications are due by Monday, May 9.

The Community Organizer will focus on community leadership and organizing, outreach, and communications. Applications are due by Monday, May 23.

Police Conduct Oversight Commission meeting on Body Cameras

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC), will host a forum to discuss the current draft of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Body Camera Policy and the PCOC and community’s concerns regarding that policy. The NAACP, NOC, ACLU and Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights have been invited to share their perspectives as well.

The forum will be held Saturday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at 330 Second Avenue South, in the First Floor Training Room.

New Funding to Support Vibrant Healthy Communities

community driven solutions of health flyer photo

The Minneapolis Health Department has released a new funding opportunity to support community visions for healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. Community-Driven Solutions for Health will fund 2 groups for up to $62,000 each over 15 months to engage community members in exploring and acting upon a pre-identified community challenge related to healthy eating, physical activity and living free from commercial tobacco.  

A pre-proposal conference will be held Wednesday, May 11. Participation in the pre-proposal conference is encouraged, but not required. Completed proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. 

Minneapolis Bike Week is May 16-22


Minneapolis Bike Week 2016 is a series of events and activities promoting all types of bicycling with a focus on encouraging those who do not normally ride to give it a try. The week includes a diverse range of events and activities, including group rides, classes, commuter pit stops, free breakfasts, celebration locations and much more.

Minneapolis Bike Week is presented by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and the City of Minneapolis.  Visit the website to add your ride and learn about all week’s happenings!

The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in an alternative format, please let us know by contacting 612-673-3737.

Upcoming events

May is:

American Indian Month in Minnesota
Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month
Older Americans Month

5/1: May Day Parade and Festival

5/1: Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour

5/2: American Indian Month Kick-off

5/3, 5/5, 5/12: Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee Public Comment meetings

5/4: By the numbers: Finding and using neighborhood data

5/5: Caffeine & Kickstands in Whittier 

5/5: Neighborhood Night at Water Bar

5/6-5/7: Tangletown Garage Sales 

5/7-5/8: Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales

5/7: Midtown Farmers Market Opening Day Food Truck Fest

5/7: Park Board Open House & Resource Fair

5/7: Audubon Spring WingDing

5/7: Nicollet Ave Public Art Community Mosaic Workshop #2

5/12: Northside Neighborhoods Council Health and Wellbeing Conversation

5/13-14: Seward Garage Sale Days

5/14: Police Conduct Oversight Commission meeting on Body Cameras

5/14: Nokomis East Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop

5/16: Minneapolis Bike Week Begins

5/20: Fix-It Tech Event

5/20-5/22: Art-A-Whirl

5/21: CARAG Super Sale

5/21 East Harriet Sale-O-Rama

5/21: HPDL Garage Sales

5/21: Linden Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale

5/21 Little Free Library Festival

5/21: Explore Downtown Living 

5/22: Linden Hills Festival

5/25: Runnin’ with the Law 5K  

5/26: Victory Memorial Concert  

5/28: Kenny / Armatage Garage Sales

5/31: National Historic Preservation Month photo contest submission deadline

Additional events and details can be found online: www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

Director, David Rubedor 
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737