LPNA has identified public art as a neighborhood priority. LPNA is working with Beltrami and NE Park Neighborhoods on a mural program for 2021. The first secured space is Jackson Flats Building, 901 18 1/2 Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.
Jac Flats Mural
The RFQ for submissions for the mural at the Jac Flats building have gone out (see below). Artspace sent out to the artists in Jac Flats first and then the artists in their other spaces/communities. After March 25, 2021, we will convene representatives from LPNA and Artspace to review the submissions and narrow it down to 3 muralists.
Stipend – $5,000 total (for artist, materials, maintenance etc.)
Logan Park Neighborhood Association invites experienced public artists/teams to submit qualifications for the design and installation of a unique mural at Artspace Jackson Flats located at 901 18 1/2 Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. We would like to bring a message of community and racial justice, with a focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion to this project. The mural will engage and help to enrich the neighborhood with public art.
Qualifications or requirements
This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to experienced Minnesota-based public artists/teams. Priority will be given to Minneapolis artists/teams, artists from the BIPOC community, and those who have mural experience. Applicants are welcome from the state of Minnesota and should have an understanding of or experience with murals and public art installations that address racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Applicants must be willing to work through a community engagement process for design and implementation.
Logan Park Shelter Initiative Updated 2.5.21 In the summer of 2020, Logan Park was the location of one of many encampments of unsheltered populations in parks throughout Minneapolis. Community members, both housed and unhoused, faced numerous chal-lenges in accessing needed resources and support.
The board of the LPNA has expressed a desire to work together to better understand the needs of unsheltered community members and prepare an action plan for neighborhood actions that can be undertaken to support the sheltered and unsheltered community. LPNA steering committee members have developed a contract and scope of work with Asakura Robinson to facilitate the project. This contract has now been approved by the LPNA Board and vetted/approved by Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) staff. LPNA and Asakura Robinson have part-nered on other projects in the past and have built a relationship which we believe will help with this im-portant work.
We expect the project to take place over the next six months. An interim findings deliverable will be created after three months and an action plan document will be developed at the end of the project , which we will share widely.
An initial planning meeting is occurring at the end of January to review potential group makeup, document member expectations, review questions for initial interviews, and start planning out meetings and timelines.Anyone who has already expressed interest in being part of the initiative can expect to be contacted in early February by phone or email. If you would like updates on the initiative, sign up for our email list.
Whether for you or a special someone, original art makes a great holiday gift! One of the things that makes Logan Park so special is the talented artists that live and work here. Many of which have studios in the following buildings and will be open for business through Wednesday.
Logan Park Neighborhood Association hosts an annual lighting contest. As the days get shorter and colder, extra neighborhood lighting brings warmth and brightness to our community.
Lights of Logan Lighting Contest 2020 Sunday December 13th, 5pm
Have you house/yard lights on by 5pm to be considered for judging. Top 3 homes will receive a $50 gift card! Winners will be announced in the January newsletter. Sponsored by Logan Park Neighborhood Association.
Give to the Max for Logan Park! Logan Park Neighborhood Association (LPNA) is a 501c3, serving the Logan Park neighborhood, in the heart of the NE Minneapolis Arts Disctrict. We advocate for our community and connect people to resources. We host monthly community meetings that bring people together, spark ideas, and lead to actions that improve our neighborhood. Some of our recent work includes pedestrian alley signs, rain gardens, a forgivable loan program, wading pool enhancements, neighborhood clean ups, monthly newsletters, and a podcast series. We also have active committees including the Priorities Planning committee, Street Safety committee, a Development committee, and a newly established Shelter work-group.
As part of our Shelter work group, we would like to create a planning document that includes action items for the neighborhood and our government and non profit partners.
Are you looking for ways to record community memories in these changing times? Are you considering an oral history or community storytelling project?
Join the Hennepin County Library Special Collections archivist for a free, virtual class—Gathering Community Stories —to learn tips and tools for recording, preserving, and making accessible community stories. The class will be held Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 – 8pm. Register on the library’s website and the Microsoft Teams link will be emailed to you before class. www.hclib.org
Wednesday October 21st · LPNA General Meeting · 7pm Meeting Link or dial in +1312-626-6799, Meeting ID 865 8733 0550
Agenda: Follow up to September’s Housing Discussion, Confirmed Guests: Sue Watlov Philips (MICHAH), Representatives from Envision, Elim Church pastors.
Invited: Junail Anderson Freeman (Freedom from the Streets, Logan Encampment permit holder), CM Kevin Reich, Rep. Jordan, Senator Dziedzic, Park Commissioner French and Meyer, Commissioner Fernando, 2nd Precinct Representatives.
We interview Sue Watlov Phillips, Executive Director – Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH) on the current affordable housing crisis and the growing number of people experiencing homelessness. Sue brings decades of housing advocacy experience to the conversation and shares reasons why people experience homelessness.
Discussion on long term housing and shelter , introduction by Sue Watlov Phillips – Executive Director for Metropolitan Interfaith Coalition for Affordable Housing – featuring guests Senator Kari Dziedzic, Representative Sydney Jordan, Council Member Kevin Reich, Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando, & Elim Church pastors
NOTE: The public is welcome at all LPNA meetings. All meetings are accessible and requests for special accommodations at LPNA meetings may be made by contacting us no less than one week prior to the event. Please contact LPNA with specific requests.
As a board, we commit to engaging with our city, county, and state representatives to advocate that resources and services are provided to the encampment to ensure the safety of the sheltered and unsheltered residents of Logan Park. With homelessness becoming increasingly visible in Minneapolis, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association Board supports the operation of the Logan Park encampment, as permitted by the Minneapolis Park Board and administered by Junail Anderson. During the course of the encampment’s administration, we commit to engagement with local police, city, county, state, and park officials to ensure that the encampment remains safe and well organized.
We do not believe that park encampments are suitable long-term solutions, and demand effective, pragmatic solutions from the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and the state of Minnesota that will result in sheltering the encampment residents in safe transitional housing as well as long-term housing. We commit to engaging with Junail on a regular basis to maintain visibility into encampment needs, including supplies and specific advocacy actions needed to ensure they are able to operate effectively and peaceably.
-The LPNA Board of Directors 9.3.2020
Please continue to contact your elected officials to share your feedback and ask for permanent, long-term housing for our unsheltered neighbors in the encampment. You can find a template letter here. or download here.
Sue Watlov Phillips is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing (MICAH), and before that she was the ED of Elim Transitional Housing based out of Elim church and involved with the NE Food Shelf. She has provided a very detailed report on the history of homelessness.
As COVID-19 continues to bring out the interconnectedness of people, health, and the systems of our society, Chowgirls Catering has been making the most of this tough situation, partnering with other organizations with similar values to implement positive changes. On March 17, 2020, with Second Harvest Heartland and Loaves & Fishes, Chowgirls launched Minnesota Central Kitchen to prepare emergency meals for people in need throughout the Twin Cities metro area. The collaboration has been ongoing since then with Chowgirls making 10,000-12,000 meals per week and kitchens at Surly, United Health, Appetite for Change, The Sioux Chef, and others using the same model. The meals are prepared with donated ingredients as well as ingredients from local farms.
Chowgirls Greenhouse Project, an innovative partnership with urban farmer David Gray of Bullthistle Gardens, is motivated by a spirit of collaboration. David, whom Chowgirls knows through long-time work with the Northeast Farmers Market, is no stranger to growing food with a higher humanitarian purpose. Ten years ago, he developed the disabled adults job program at eQuality Farms, where they grew all organic and heirloom vegetables in Buffalo, Minnesota. He then launched his own endeavor with Bullthistle Gardens, a family urban garden in South Mpls, to grow for farmers markets, local restaurants, and grocery stores.
David recognized Chowgirls work with Second Harvest Heartland as a “powerful mission” and offered to donate a 90’ x 30’ greenhouse for Minnesota Central Kitchen and Chowgirls. The first challenge to make this dream come true was finding a space. The parking lot at Chowgirls headquarters was not large enough. Thanks to the community spirit of Solar Arts Building landlord Duane Arens and neighbors at Indeed Brewing, the big empty lot behind the Solar Arts Building was just the ticket.
The frame was built in June, rich organic compost was laid out in rows, organic peppers and tomatoes seedlings were planted, beans, cucumbers, squash, and herbs were planted from seed. A greenhouse can yield 3 times the harvest of an outdoor farm by using vertical growing methods and season extension practices. The heat from the asphalt will help accelerate the growing process. Hopes are to run the greenhouse at least through the end of October, extending the season as long as weather conditions allow. David believes he can continue to harvest into early December.
As Chowgirls target at least 10% of each Minnesota Central Kitchen meal prepared to feature locally sourced ingredients, this project goes a long way to their goal to invest in Minnesota to feed Minnesota.
Chowgirls is grateful to David for sharing his growing knowledge and willingness to experiment. Growing on a parking lot poses new kinds of challenges that are worth the energy to resolve as a way to find a higher purpose for under-utilized urban space and to make fresh food accessible to everyone, not just those who can afford it.
We have received many questions and statements of support as well as concerns about the encampment. There is a shared concern that encampments in public parks are not a solution and that our elected officials need to deliver on better long term housing for our community members living in the encampment. We share these sentiments.
Per the MPRB, on 8/13/2020:
“We have set the date of Aug 17 as the deadline for an application at Logan Park. At this point, we have communicated a deadline of Aug 17 for applications directly to individuals at the encampment. If an application is not received, the encampment will be identified as an unpermitted encampment and be subject to removal per Resolution 2020-267.
We have approximately 40 parks with encampments at the moment that vary in size. We are prioritizing removal of encampments based health and safety issues and whether it is capable of a permit. Removal of larger encampments can take about 3 days if they go well. We have been working this week to address three sites. ”
We want to share what we know about the camp and want you to be aware that the LPNA board is not sponsoring the camp. We will not be applying for a permit, and we are not directly coordinating volunteers.
We aren’t experts, but here is the best information we could gather based on a variety of sources:
COVID-19 has reduced the space available in homeless shelters. Board members have spoken to folks at the encampment who are hesitant to go to shelters due to safety issues. Additionally Minneapolis, like all major cities in the US, has a drastic shortage of affordable housing units. These factors (and more) have led to a larger and more visible homeless population in our community than in the recent past.
The economic recession will likely not improve in the short term, and has made existing homelessness worse this year. Many people facing financial hardship now are projected to lose their housing when the state moratorium on evictions expires. Homelessness is a long term problem. (news articles on future predictions:NBC, New York Times, Fox).
Continuation of the Governor’s peacetime emergency order, originally declared on March 13, 2020, in response to COVID-19.
Highlights how the state’s homeless population is particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 health pandemic.
Calls for specific action from local governments to help unsheltered people stay safe during the health pandemic.
States that homeless encampments shall not be subject to law enforcement sweeps or disbandment unless there is a documented threat to the health, safety or security of residents. This is due to the potential to increase the spread of COVID-19. As of today (8/10/20), neither the city of Minneapolis nor the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) have found the Logan Park encampment to be this kind of threat to the community.
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB)
Since June 12, MPRB has beenresponding to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness that are living in parks temporarily until dignified alternative spaces can be found.
MPRB is not a housing authority. They do not have the staff, expertise, or resources to house unsheltered people. They are providing what support they can to people who are camping in city parks while following the Governor’s executive order.
MPRB is working with state, county and city health and human service agencies to find short and long-term solutions.
Temporary Encampment Permits
Since July 15, MPRB staff have been working to get encampments temporarily permitted and to designate parks capable of accommodating encampments. Over time, the number of encampments in the park system will be reduced to no more than 20 park Refuge Sites, with a limit of 25 tents per site, including tents for storage or support.
From the MPRB website: “Getting sites permitted is a fluid situation while outreach continues,encampment permit applicationsare communicated and processed, and park spaces are delineated.” Park board staff evaluate all permit applications.
We are unsure if any permit application for Logan Park is in process. LPNA will share more information with the neighborhood as it becomes available on this topic.
As of today (8/12/20), encampment permits have been issued for four parks
Marshall Terrace Park
William Berry Park
Park staff have designated Logan Park, along with 11 other parks, as capable of accommodating an encampment. Logan Park is tagged “full”.
We do not know if any other encampments have been denied permits.
Logan Park Encampment
25 tents (including supply tents), in the southwest corner of the park
Port-a-potties, handwashing stations and additional trash bins supplied by Park Board
Junail is the lead volunteer and onsight each day and holds a 7 pm community meeting every evening. Logan Park residents are welcome to attend. LPNA board members have visited with Junail and other encampment residents and will continue to interact and monitor events during this time.
Volunteers are providing security. More volunteers are needed and welcome, especially at night.
Unsheltered people have slept in or near Logan Park well before the encampment formed in the park, and some unsheltered people are staying in or near the park that are not part of the encampment.
The size and visibility of the encampment draws additional traffic and visitors. Neighbors have shared concerns about this and some incidents that have taken place.
Logan Park Neighborhood Association
We encourage and support our neighbors to do the following: