City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter

Welcome to the City of Minneapolis Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter. Here you will find information on program and partner related news and updates, opportunities, events, and special announcements.

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City of Minneapolis process for Our Town partnership applications

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design.

NEA Our Town Arts Place-Based Projects require two primary partners; a nonprofit organization and a local government entity. One of these two primary partners must be a cultural (arts or design) organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

Each local government — whether applying as the lead applicant or as the primary partner with a nonprofit organization — is limited to two (2) applications. Based on the NEA guidelines, the City of Minneapolis will select up to two (2) projects to apply for/partner with.

Deadline for the City of Minneapolis process: July 10, 2018
E-mail your proposal to Sonya Lewis by 11:59 p.m. on July 10, 2018.


Need help connecting with a City department to prepare a proposal for an application? Contact Gulgun Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program, City of Minneapolis.

Visit the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy website for the complete description of the City’s process to select partnership applications.


Northern Spark Friday, June 15 – Saturday, June 169:02 p.m. – 2 a.m.


This year Northern Spark is all weekend in downtown Minneapolis. Come for 1 (night) or come for all!

Since 2011 we have collaborated with nearly 295 organizations and presented the work of over 1900 artists to make Northern Spark happen.

In 2018 we are experimenting with a new model: a two-night festival that runs from sunset to 2ameach night. This shift is both experimental and practical. After the historic rains on festival night in 2014 and several subsequent years of barely dodging thunderstorms, the two-night model creates a built-in rain date. Two nights also gives more opportunity for audiences to fully experience the magic and connection of Northern Spark.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl: July 26-28, 2018


Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside. FLOW is a program of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl: a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis, July 26-28, 2018.

Loring Park Art Festival: July 28 and 29

Since 2000, Loring Park Art Festival has combined creative expression and community connectedness to surprise and delight all who attend. With beautiful ponds and formal gardens, Loring Park makes an idyllic spot to celebrate art, music, food and entertainment for two days each summer in downtown Minneapolis.

The event features 140 visual artists selling original work.

July 28-29, 2018, Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm.


For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact

Gulgun Kayim
Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program