Ward One Newsletter, October 2019

Ward 1 News from Minneapolis Council Member Kevin Reich
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October 2019


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

Phone: 612-673-2201



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

Our Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, which has always been informed by its purpose, place and proactive partnerships, now approaches a new phase of preservation coupled with growth. The recent transition of the Northrup King Building, which has been a cornerstone of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and filled with the working studios and small businesses of hundreds of artists, is a strong example of that progression.

Since Jim Stanton purchased the Northrup King Building in the 1980s, it's become the state's largest creative and commercial studio complex for artists. A transfer of ownership to Artspace, a local non-profit whose mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable and sustainable space for artists and arts organizations, is something to be celebrated; it preserves the Northrup King Building's legacy and positions it to be a cornerstone of the Arts District's future.

At a time when affordability and space for artists are a concern across the country, our Arts District is growing rather than contracting. In 2012 we saw the addition of the Solar Arts Building in the Logan Park neighborhood. Last year brought the opening of the Flux Arts Building in the Holland neighborhood, the result of a creative collaboration between four artists (Malcolm Potek, Kara vanWyk, Josh Blanc and Layl McDill) and two local developers (Jennifer Young and John Kramer).

A key element these buildings have in common, whether they are foundational  or newcomers, is that dedicated artists and arts supporters have brilliantly repurposed or rebuilt outdated and residual infrastructure specifically to suit the creative needs of our arts community. That kind of work must be ongoing to ensure that the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District continues to thrive into the future and I applaud Debbie Woodward, Artspace, and Intermedia Arts for a collaborative approach that takes that next step toward the future with the Northrup King Building.

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