Minneapolis Connects April Newsletter

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

April 12, 2018

Funding for Projects on Lake Street, Little Earth, Penn Ave. and Broadway

Map of focus areas for Collaborative Safety Strategies grant, showing Broadway, Penn Ave., Lake Street and Little Earth.

How would you make your community safer? NCR invites neighborhood and community organizations, residents, workers and business owners on Lake Street, the Little Earth area, Penn Avenue and Broadway to share ideas for projects that prevent violence or criminal behavior in one of these four areas. In total, the City of Minneapolis will award $350,000 in funding to the best ideas as part of the second year of the Collaborative Safety Strategies initiative.

Some examples of past projects include anti-overdose training, de-escalation training, innovative approaches to youth mentoring and park revitalization.

At least one person listed as a partner on each application must attend one of these four ideation sessions: 

  • Broadway Area: Wednesday,  April 18, 5:00-8:00 p.m., John B. Davis Center, Davis Café, 1250 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Penn Ave. AreaThursday, April 19, 5:30-8:00 p.m., Lucy Laney Elementary, cafeteria, 3333 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55412
  • Lake Street Area: Thursday, April 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m., 
    Powderhorn Park Recreation Center, gymnasium, 3400 S. 15th Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Little Earth Area: Friday, April 20, 12:00-3:00 p.m., Little Earth gymnasium, 2501 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404


Apply for a Public Art Permit

Greenway Mural by Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Little Earth of United Tribes, & Midtown Greenway Coalition; Artist Melodee Strong

Do you wish your neighborhood had more public art? Paint or wrap that ugly utility box on the corner, or paint an intersection or sidewalk. You can turn your public art ideas into reality! The City’s public art permitting program strengthens connections between artists, neighborhoods and residents through placemaking. The 2018 public art permit instructions are now available online. Read more on the art permit webpage...

2018 application deadlines:  April 25, June 27, August 29.

Questions? Email Talia.Moorman@minneapolismn.gov.

March 2, 2018 Police Officer meets with Southeast Asian Residents for Community Dialogue

Southeast Asian Community and Police Dialogues

On April 6, the Southeast Asian community and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) concluded their community dialogue series that began last September. 

NCR, Harrison Neighborhood Association, MPD and the Lao Assistance Center worked together to carry out this successful series, which was modeled after the African American Community and MPD dialogue that NCR organized in 2016. Both dialogues focused on interacting with police, how police and community can work together to build positive relationships and how police respond to various types of emergencies.

Pictured: Participants in the March 2018 dialogue discuss how MPD can continue to work with the Southeast Asian community in ways that are culturally appropriate. Community members proposed ideas including hiring a respectful, multilingual community liaison and establishing standing weekly office hours at the Lao Assistance Center.

Don't miss your chance to run for a spot on the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission.

The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) advises NCR and City Council on how to effectively engage the community in Minneapolis. Currently, the NCEC is providing input on Neighborhoods 2020, further developing and improving upon the City's neighborhood-based engagement structure.

In spring 2018, Commission seats from neighborhood districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 are up for election. The deadline to apply is May 11. In addition, 1 mayoral and 2 City Council appointed seats are open for nominations through the City’s appointment process, which closes on April 20.

Read more and find your district here...

Resources for Business Owners

timeline for implementation of $15 minimum wage

Help spread the word! Minimum wage is going up for small and medium-sized businesses on July 1, 2018. Large businesses increased their minimum wage on January 1. View the schedule for incremental changes to the minimum wage, get answers to frequently asked questions and download multilingual materials to share with your community at minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov.

City Portal for Entrepreneurs

Visit business.minneapolismn.gov to find helpful guides on how to open a business in Minneapolis. This handy portal summarizes the most important steps to open a business in a non-technical, easy-to-follow check list for several popular industries. Find resources and support here as well.

Welcome Numan Shaikh!

Portrait Picture of Numan Shaikh

Join NCR in welcoming Numan Shaikh to the department as our new East African Community Specialist while Abdirashid Ahmed is on leave. Numan is a fluent Somali-speaker coming to us from Hennepin County, where he previously worked as a case and data manager for Family Stabilization Services. He will be assisting NCR and City departments to engage with the East African community. Abdirashid Ahmed will return to NCR in November 2018. 

You can find contact information for all NCR staff at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/staff.

Thank you, Justin Gaarder.

Justin Gaarder at Community Connections Conference

NCR bids a fond farewell to Justin Gaarder. Justin came to NCR in August 2016 as an intern, and since then has assisted with a variety of tasks, including NCR communications, neighborhood programming, NCEC and NRP Policy Board staffing and the Community Connections Conference. Justin was also instrumental in the development of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement Dashboard. We will miss his contributions to our work, the skills and dedication he brought to each task and the camaraderie he shared with our team. Please join us in wishing Justin well in his future endeavors.


Neighborhoods 2020

See updates, including public meetings and listening sessions, and view the current draft of the Neighborhoods 2020 Road map at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/2020.

Send your comments on the current draft by April 30, to ncr@minneapolismn.gov.


Stay on top of City legislative decisions. Visit the City's new, searchable database to find ordinances by keyword and look up City Council meeting agendas and subcommittees: lims.minneapolismn.gov.

Job Openings

Folwell Neighborhood: Community Outreach & Communications Associate (PT)

Central: Administrator (PT) and Community Organizer (FT)

Hawthorne: Outreach Administrator (PT)

Sheridan: Office & Outreach Manager (PT)

Tangletown: Interim Neighborhood Coordinator (PT)

Upcoming Events

4/15 - Holland Hotdish Revolution

4/18 & 19 - East African Community Engagement Learning Labs

4/21 - Earth Day 5K Bee Run/Walk/River Cleanup

4/21 - Lyndale Green Expo

4/21 - Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Fundraiser

4/21 - Phillips Aquatic Center Grand Opening

4/25 & 26 - Disability Awareness Learning Lab

4/27 - Arbor Day Celebration

4/28 - 4/29 - Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour

4/29 - CIDNA May Day Basket Making Event

5/1 - 2018 Indian Month Kickoff Parade and Celebration

5/2 & 3 - African American Community Engagement Learning Lab

5/3 - Termination to Self-determination (SERIES TITLE: Hearing Their Voices: The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls)

5/3 - Creative Spark: Marcy-Holmes last day.

5/8 & 9 - Latino Community Engagement Learning Lab

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

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