Ward One Newsletter, May 2019

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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May 2019


Kevin Reich
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2201



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Council Member's Message

May means one thing in Northeast Minneapolis: Art-A-Whirl. Established 24 years ago by a collective of Northeast neighborhood artists, Art-A-Whirl has become the largest open studio tour in the country. The work of over 800 artists will be on display as they open their studios and invite the public in.

Art-A-Whirl draws crowds of 40,000 people each year and many other elements have been added to the mix, including music performances and restaurant events. Art itself and art appreciation, however, remain the focus and the purpose of this signature annual event. Art-A-Whirl provides an outstanding opportunity to see our creative economy in action. I suggest each and every one of you take some time to visit a studio, talk to an artist, buy a piece of local art and immerse yourself in all that is special about the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

2019 Dates and Hours

Friday, May 17th – 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18th – Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th – Noon-5:00 p.m.

Visit https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/ to access maps, find parking information, and learn how to volunteer for this signature event.

Looking ahead to June, I am hosting a community forum on the topic of the Northeast Stormwater Management Initiative, a collaboration between the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and Minneapolis Public Works.

As it becomes ever more important to preserve the precious water resource of our Mississippi River and ever more necessary to address the increasing amounts of stormwater generated by extreme weather events, this collaboration holds great value for our community and for the city as a whole. It's also just one of the many initiatives Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, whose board I chair, has launched on the Eastside to improve our environment and ensure our clean water. Please consider joining us for the forum on Wednesday, June 12 and see the story below for more work MWMO is doing on the Eastside.

A last note: as the school year winds down, see below for some of the outstanding achievements at our local schools!

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