Ward 8 Newsletter June 3, 2013

News of the 8th Ward

June 3, 2013

Arts on Chicago Celebration: Sat June 8 

Almost 40 artists involved with the 20 art projects of Arts on Chicago will come together to celebrate the year-long initiative on Saturday, June 8, 2013, and the day is packed with activities. 

Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and artists will lead a Paint the Pavementactivity on 34th near Powderhorn Park. Kelly Brazil will be installing one of her up-cycledBike Racks at Modern Times, and TAWU (The Art Within Us) will unveil a new painting at the ArtStop Garden. The PHAT Mobile will host screen printing workshops, the Mobile Sign Shop will be up and running, and the Collage Collaborative will create an illustrated map, all at Pillsbury House. Participants can also write poetry on Molly Van Avery’s rolling poetry studio, the Poetry Mobile or join storytellers Dylan Fresco and Michelle Barnes on a story tours from their story collecting project What Grows Here.

View the full Schedule of Events at ArtsOnChicago.org.

In addition to these interactive activities, visual art and photography from acclaimed artists Wing Young Huie, Stephanie Rogers, HOTTEA, Forrest Wozniack, Michael Hoyt, and Upstream Arts will be on display at various locations between 32nd to 42nd on Chicago Avenue.

This celebration is aligned with the 38th and Chicago Business Association’s annual BBQ & Music Festival from 11 am to 2 pm on the 3700 block of Chicago Avenue. Music, specialty food trucks, children’s activities, and free snow cones will be available as this busy intersection is closed for the day.

RSVP and invite your friends and neighbors on Facebook »

See you on Chicago Avenue on June 8th!

Arts on Chicago is an arts-based community development project in Minneapolis led by: Pillsbury House and MCAD Professor Natasha Pestich with support from the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden


Rev Dr Martin Luther King Playground Improvements: Planning 2013 and Construction 2014

King Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's 5-year capital improvement program includes $225,000 for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Park playground. Playground and site improvements consist of reconfiguring of playground containers (both pre-K and elementary age) and replacing the play equipment. Celebrating and honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a guiding theme for the park. To bring this theme to life within the playground design, the MPRB is using a new approach of selecting a project artist to join the design team. The design team will work collaboratively with the community, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Legacy Council and Kingfield Neighborhood Association throughout the playground design process. 

An online survey for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Playground improvements is now available.  Please visit the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board project page to take the survey.  The Park Board's community engagement plan will include community meetings, starting in summer of 2013.  

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has released a Call for Artists for this project. If you are interested or know someone who would like to submit a proposal, please see the following Projects Open for bidding page for more information.


One MPLS Mayoral Forum: June 6

Please join a coalition of youth and community leaders at Sabathani Community Center on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00pm to hear from candidates in the 2013 Minneapolis Mayoral Election. Mayoral hopefuls will speak about their plans to undo racial injustice over the next 4 years.

In one generation, the majority of Minneapolis residents will be people of color; yet today, the city has some of the worst racial inequities in the country. This community forum will give the candidates an opportunity to share their solutions with the youth who are being impacted the most. All 2013 mayoral candidates have confirmed attendance.

Please join the forum organizers at 8:30 pm at El Paraiso (3501 Nicollet Ave south) for the after party and "meet and greet" with the candidates. Members of the audience will have a chance to speak to the candidates directly. 

This forum is not affiliated with the Minneapolis Foundation or the City of Minneapolis.


Meet Elizabeth at Her Weekly Community Office Hours

Have an issue you'd like to discuss with Elizabeth?  Meet her at her Sabathani Community Office hours, every Monday morning from 9-11 am.

Elizabeth hosts weekly community office hours at Sabathani, 310 E 38th Street, outside of Room 129, Mondays 9-11 am.

Please call the Ward 8 office for a time certain appointment at (612) 673-2208, or just show up. Elizabeth thanks Sabathani for allowing her to meet with community members at this location for the past seven years, part of a the Ward 8 office's commitment to being available and accessible to constituents.