Minneapolis Connects May Newsletter

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

May, 2017

May is American Indian Month in Minnesota

Images from the American Indian Month kick off march

On May 1, the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID) and the City sponsored a kick-off celebration for American Indian Month in Minnesota.  The celebration included a parade, community speakers and a feast. Community events celebrating American Indian Month continue through the end of May. Learn more here.

Neighborhoods 2020 update

Images of participants at downtown neighborhoods 2020 event

Over 125 people attended last week’s Downtown Neighborhoods 2020 gathering, and a hearty group met outside under a tent on Saturday for the Northside Neighborhoods 2020 discussion. These were the first of five gatherings focused on the future role of neighborhood organizations in Minneapolis. Attendees shared a delicious meal and then broke out into smaller “café” style conversations.

The sessions are jointly hosted by area neighborhood organizations, the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and NCR.  These “neighborhood cafes” discussions are aimed at answering three questions:

  • What services, opportunities and information should neighborhood organizations provide?
  • What are characteristics of an effective neighborhood organization?
  • How can neighborhood organizations empower engagement?

These questions were developed by 37 participants at a day-long workshop on the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter.

The dialogues are a first step in developing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council on the future work of neighborhood organizations through a process of respectful and inclusive community engagement.

Two sessions remain:

  • South – Thursday, May 4th - 5:30pm to 8:30pm - Abubakar-As-Saddique Islamic Center - 2824 13th Ave So. - Registration
  • Southwest – Monday, May 8th - 6:00pm to 8:00pm - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park - 4055 Nicollet Ave So. - Registration

Participants are welcome to attend the session that best fits their schedule.

For more information and future engagement opportunities, please check the Neighborhoods 2020 Web-Site for updates.

Hawthorne Neighborhood Council celebrates the results of its two year health initiative

Image of Hawethorne initiative video

On April 20th, the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council (HNC) celebrated the culmination of a two year Health and Wellbeing initiative. The results of this initiative include the publishing of a Community Remedies book and a Youth and Elders conversations video. Both efforts were born out of a series of community gatherings using Art of Hosting facilitation to bring residents together to talk about what Health and Wellbeing in their community looks like to them. From that engagement the two initiatives were created and worked on by community members over the course of the last two years. The Remedies book is available from HNC and the Youth and Elder videos can be viewed online.

Neighborhood groups celebrate Earth Day with Spring clean ups

Image of people participating in earth day clean ups
Photo Credit: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

April 22nd was celebrated worldwide as Earth Day.  In Minneapolis, many neighborhood groups celebrated with a neighborhood volunteer cleanup.  The annual Earth Day effort was led by the Minneapolis Park Board in collaboration with Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling.  Several Minneapolis neighborhood groups helped with engaging, supporting and recruiting volunteers. The cleanups were be centered around the Mississippi, lakes and park land. Volunteers gathered to pick up garbage, meet their neighbors and share beverages and treats.  Event sponsors provided trash bags and gloves.  Prospect Park Association had over ninety volunteers in collaboration with Surly Gives a Damn.  The North Loop Neighborhood Association organized a clean-up along Washington Avenue and several other locations.  There were also several cleanups continuing the week after Earth Day such as Beautify Bottineau and Powderhorn Park hosted a clean-up on 38th and Chicago.  For more information visit the MPRB Earth Day Cleanup Web Page.

Minneapolis hosts public hearing on capital projects

The Minneapolis Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC) is beginning work on the 2017 CLIC Report. This report recommends to the Mayor and City Council a portion of the capital improvement projects requested by departments, boards and commissions for the five-year period 2018 - 2022. For this period, Capital Budget Requests totaling over $988 million have been requested.  A majority of the projects are Public Works related such as bridges, roads, sidewalks, streets, streetlights, traffic control, bike and pedestrian projects, sewers, water, etc. A smaller portion of the requests are related to parks and public buildings.

There will be a joint public hearing of the CLIC and the Planning Commission on May 11th where participants will be able to review and comment on project proposals and give feedback to CLIC members.  

Public hearing information:

Thursday May 11th – 6:00pm-8:00pm – RM 319 City Hall (Joint Public Hearing with CLIC and Mpls. Planning Commission)

Past CLIC Reports

PW Capital Project Maps

United States Access Board holding a town hall forum at the University of Minnesota.

U.S. Access Board flyer image

Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association seeks Executive Director

Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Assiociation logo

The Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA) seeks a full time executive director. 

The SENA board of directors is completing a strategic plan to guide the organization for the next two to three years. Draft strategic areas of focus are Operations & Infrastructure, Community Engagement & Community Building, and Local, Small Business Environment. The primary work for the ED will be to fulfill the goals and objectives of this plan, including supervise and manage day-to-day operations, spearhead efforts for collaboration and fundraising, and support build upon local businesses.

Proposals / Applicant Resumes and Cover Letters are due by Friday, May 5.

The Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization is hiring

Central Area Neighborhood organization logo

The Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) seeks a full time Community Engagement Organizer, a full time Housing Organizer, and a part time Communications Specialist. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 5.

Upcoming Events

5/1: American Indian Month Kick-off

5/2, 5/3 & 5/11: Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee Public Comment Sessions

5/3: East Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversation

5/3: U.S. Green Building Council's IMPACT 2017 conference

5/4: 1st Thursdays at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet

5/4: South Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversation

5/4: Lind-Bohanon Community Potluck

5/5-5/6: Tangletown Garage Sales

5/6: Midtown Farmers Market Opening Day Food Truck Fest

5/6: Victory Home Security Workshop

5/6: Audubon Spring WingDing

5/6: St. Anthony East Annual Plant Giveaway

5/6: Stevens Square Police Substation Open House

5/6-5/7: Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales

5/7: MayDay Parade and Festival

5/8: Southwest Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversation

5/9: U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting

5/9: Lyndale Ready to Work! Job and Resource Fair

5/10: Minneapolis American Indian Center Open House

5/11: Microbrews for Midtown!

5/13: HPDL Canoe/ Kayak Explore and Clean-up

5/13: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center Grand Opening Celebration

5/14: Festival 5 de Mayo y Dia De las Madres

5/18: Seward Climate Change Workshop

5/18-5/20: Seward Garage Sale Days

5/19: Twin Cities Bike to Work Day

5/19: Art-A-Whirl weekend begins

5/19-5/20: Logan Park Circo Book Truck

5/20: HPDL Bike Rodeo

5/20: NENA Grow Monarch Habitat Workshop

5/20: NENA Bossen Renters Party

5/20: East Harriet Sale-O-Rama

5/20: HPDL Garage Sale

5/20: Kingfield Yard Sale Extravaganza

5/20: Linden Hills Big Neighborhood Garage Sale

5/21: Linden Hills Festival

5/20: Pan Asian Arts Festival

5/20: Minneapolis International Festival
5/21: Beltrami Art Park

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

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