Growing Minneapolis September: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

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September 2020

Art Supply Donation Drive to Celebrate New Public Artwork in Northeast


“Collection Point," a recently completed piece of artwork located at the southeast corner of the East Side Storage and Maintenance Facility, created by artist Randy Walker

The City’s new facility for Solid Waste & Recycling services in Northeast Minneapolis is also home to a new public artwork. To celebrate, the City is holding an art supply donation event. 

“Collection Point” was recently completed at the southeast corner of the East Side Storage and Maintenance Facility, at 351 26th Ave NE. Inspired by the many seen and unseen collections within Northeast, artist Randy Walker designed and assembled this towering piece using, among other things, concrete casts from the lids of City recycling receptacles. His sculpture stands alongside bicycle and pedestrian trails and is surrounded by a rain garden and native plants. 

While the pandemic is preventing a traditional public unveiling of “Collection Point,” the theme of collections that influenced the piece is prompting a collecting of donated art supplies for local organizations. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, art supplies for Edison High School’s Fine Arts Department and the ROHO Collective will be collected. The artist and Council Member Kevin Reich will be on hand to greet people as they drop off donations. Contactless drop off will be available. The first 50 participants who drop-off art supplies will receive a reusable “I love Minneapolis Recycling” Chico Bag. Recyclo superhero activity and coloring books from Hennepin County for Kids will also be available.

Walker was selected in 2018 to create this public art through an open call process. With guidance from a steering committee of nearby residents, he engaged community members to learn about the past, present and future of the surrounding neighborhoods. He also met with Public Works staff to learn about the City’s recycling program.

Donations of these gently-used supplies purchased within the last five years are welcome. View a list of items being collected or check out the Facebook event.

For more information about this event, contact Kirstinn Wiegmann. 

Step Up Completes Another Summer of Internships

Step Up Thanks You

Thank you to the over 450+ Step Up Interns, 1,000 Online Summer Learning Participants and Step Up Employers who persisted and helped make the Step Up season a success. The Step Up community endured so much this year and are grateful to have implemented meaningful, responsive programming that uplifts us all. Watch the Step Up Thank You video

Free School Meal Boxes

Meal box

Free meal boxes are now available at 29 school sites. All families are invited to participate in this free program and do not have to have a student in Minneapolis Public Schools. Families can pick up one box per child per week.

Most sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with some sites open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Complete information about the school meal box program is available on the MPS website

Minneapolis Homes Developer Completes and Sells 10th Home

before and after exterior of a Minneapolis home

(L to R) Before and after 812 36th Ave N. (Below) Jenny Kuria in front of another 2018 Minneapolis Homes REHAB Project

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After several initial setbacks (including break-ins while under construction), Jenny Kuria (Jenny Investments/Amani Construction) was able to complete and sell 812 36th Ave N during the month of July. Originally built in 1900 and acquired by the City of Minneapolis from Hennepin County Tax-forfeited Land, this Minneapolis Homes REHAB Program house was a one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 1100 sq. ft. house. Today, it is a 1,500 sq. ft. completely renovated home with three (two new) bedrooms and two (one new) bathrooms along with a new living room space and an attached two-car garage.

This home sold on July 7, 2020 for $229,000, making it naturally affordable to households below 80% AMI. Later in August, 812 36th Ave N was nominated for a 2020 Blend Award, “to encourage and reward builders, architects, and home owners to blend newly remodeled or constructed homes and businesses into the fabric of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods.”

City Distributed 500,000 Masks in Minneapolis

Mask up, MN

The City worked across the enterprise to quickly implement a plan to move 500,000 masks from a Brooklyn Park distribution site into the hands of Minneapolis business owners. Businesses will use the masks to assist in compliance of the statewide mask regulation and slow the spread of COVID.

Make sure to complete the census by Sept. 30

There are less than 30 days left to get counted in the 2020 Census. Have you completed the census yet?

The data that is obtained by the census allows the federal government to determine where to allocate resources for things like schools, parks, roads and much more. Our communities deserve the proper funding for resources that we rely on including programs and services like SNAP, Medicaid, CHIP and Head Start.

Unfortunately, there are still neighborhoods in our city that are currently undercounted. An undercount in any of our communities could have devastating and long-lasting impacts for our future. Because the census comes only once every 10 years, it’s important that we all get counted now.

Don’t wait, complete the census for you and for everyone in your household including all children and all relatives that live with you. Our voices matter, our communities matter and we count. Visit or call 1-844-330-2020 and get counted before the Sept. 30 deadline.


2020 Downtown Mpls Street Art Festival

Looking for a safe outdoor activity? This year's Downtown Mpls Street Art Festival features contributions from 24 local and national artists along Nicollet and Hennepin Avenue, and this year, a digital component.

Organized by the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust, the festival also put together a virtual tour, through which you can digitally move up Hennepin, and back down Nicollet and read the accompanied artist bios.

More Information

@Shawn.arts artwork

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