Ward One Newsletter, June 2019

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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June 2019


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

Phone: 612-673-2201



Audubon Park
Columbia Park
Logan Park
Marshall Terrace
Mid-City Industrial
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Council Member's Message

A citywide challenge to arts events has been building for some time, much of it related to a restructuring of foundation support nationwide. In the short term, we have tackled this situation in relation to our signature Art-A-Whirl event specifically by providing City resources for such costly items as traffic control. Meanwhile our staff is working with NEMAA and other art organizations to develop long term goals and strategies for success.

Despite these challenges, we experienced another successful Art-A-Whirl, highlighting once again that our artists are significant economic drivers of our community. For that reason, I'm happy to promote the partnership between the City of Minneapolis' Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) and Springboard for the Arts to offer a Professional Series geared toward artists this summer. Assisting entrepreneurial artists to gain the skills to grow their small businesses strengthens our city's economy as a whole. See the story below for more information about how to participate in these free educational courses, as well as three new Calls for Artists. Work also continues on our Artist Technical Assistance Program (A-TAP).

On another note, I'd like to highlight our upcoming community forum on the topic of the NE Stormwater Management Initiative. This ambitious multi-jurisdictional project ties together Mississippi Watershed Management Organization's mission to safeguard our watershed, the City of Minneapolis' long term hydrologic and flood mapping work, and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board's charge to preserve and maintain our award-winning public park system. I'm excited to see that this major initiative, which will have demonstrable positive impact on our community's environment and the health of our river, prepare to launch and I urge you to attend the forum to learn more (details below). While you're there, take some time to explore MWMO's Stormwater Park & Learning Center to see some outstanding examples of cutting-edge stormwater management best practices.

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