Please note: The July 7 Coffee Talk community office hours have been cancelled and re-scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 10 a.m.
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.
Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter atwww.minneapolismn.gov/coordinator/arts.
National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant
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. Complete description at: www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town.
NEA Our Town Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design 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.
The deadline for the City of Minneapolis process is August 1, 2017.
Gulgun Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program at the City of Minneapolis will host two informational sessions about partnering with the City on an Our Town application.
- Wednesday, July 19, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Pillsbury House + Theatre, 3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis.
- Monday, July 24, 3-4 p.m., Pangea World Theater, 711 W Lake St #101, Minneapolis.
RSVP to Jenny at [email protected]minneapolismn.gov.
Artists selected for Bde Maka Ska public art project
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis’ Art in Public Places program are collaborating on a public art project in conjunction with construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska. The project focuses on creating a gathering space and public art to honor Mahpiya Wicasta/Cloud Man and reveal and celebrate the history of Heyata Otunwe, a village located on Bde Maka Ska from 1829-1839. The theme of the design is “Story Awakening” with an intention to honor and educate visitors about the broader history and culture of the Dakota and other Indigenous peoples who frequented and resided in this area over time.
The project was selected by a panel comprised of community members, arts and architecture professionals and the project’s design team. This group reviewed 16 applications and selected artists to work together on the project:
- Angela Two Stars – Descendant of Cloud Man (Mahpiya Wicasta), member of Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, born and raised on the Lake Traverse reservation of Sisseton, SD. Currently lives in East Lansing, MI. Graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI with a BFA in Drawing and Printmaking.
- Mona Smith – Visual and multimedia artist of Dakota heritage. Currently lives in Minneapolis. Artist lead and co-founder of Healing Place Collaborative, Owner of Allies: Media/Art, past program coordinator for the National Indian AIDS Media Consortium, and creator of the Bdote Memory Map.
- Sandy Spieler – Visual artist. Currently lives in Minneapolis. Founder and director of the annual May Day Parade and Ceremony at Powderhorn Park, 30-year advocate for issues pertaining to water, and recipient of a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship.
Announcing Nicollet Lanterns by Blessing Hancock
Rendering (left) by James Corner Field Operations showed a series of lighted globes. Illuminated mock-up of stainless steel lantern form by Blessing Hancock (right) features cut-out text of original poems by Minneapolis writers.
Twelve illuminated sculptures on the west side of Nicollet Mall between 6th and 8th Streets will feature powerful contemporary poems by Minneapolis writers Junauda Petrus, Moheb Soliman, Sagirah Shahid and R. Vincent Moniz Jr. (Nu’Eta).
Nicollet Lanterns, a collaboration between interdisciplinary fields, speaks to the city’s diversity and celebrates new perspectives and viewpoints.
NEA Upcoming Application Deadlines
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works II: Local Arts Agencies deadline is quickly approaching.
The work of Local Arts Agencies can cover a wide range of activity, depending on the dynamics of the community. There are two broad types of projects eligible for support: programming activities, which can include commissioning, presenting, and exhibiting art works; and services to the field activities, which can include planning and technical assistance.
Amount: Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000
Deadline: July 13, 2017
Visit the NEA website to see the complete list of grant opportunities.
Energy: Made Here Open Call
Hennepin Theatre Trust is accepting artists’ submissions for the fall/winter 2017 Made Here Showcases.
Made Here, a project of the Trust, temporarily fills empty storefronts and commercial spaces that are in transition with art by local artists, turning WeDo™ – the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District — into a walkable urban art gallery.
The theme for the fall/winter Showcases is “Energy.” For this round, artists and artist groups are invited to submit proposals for window Showcase displays that interpret this theme. Open to your creativity, your installation might be an exploration of the forces that inspire you, thoughts on what powers our world or a display about what drives your creative practice.
Information session: July 19, 6-8 p.m., Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Main Building, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Deadline: August 14, 2017
Looking to diversify your Board of Directors?
Join Board Repair for the 2017 Board Recruitment Fair!
August 21, Board Recruitment Fair, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 1500 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55454.
Formed in 2014, Board Repair’s mission is to create a more effective nonprofit sector by increasing participation of people of color on boards in the Twin Cities.
Calling Northside Artists for FLOW Northside Arts Crawl
The 12th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is the last weekend of July. Apply online to get involved as a visual or performing artist.
FLOW North Side Arts Crawl seeks artists of all genres, ages and experience in the North Minneapolis Community to be a part of this year’s Art Crawl.
Freedom Friday at Freedom Square
It’s officially summer! The return of Freedom Fridays is here!
Join West Broadway Business & Area Coalition for an evening of live music, community and Food trucks every Friday at Freedom Square.
July 7, 7-10 p.m., Jovonta Patton, 2034 West Broadway Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411.
Receptacle is an exhibition that features work by thirteen Somali American visual artists, and, at its core, serves to activate the site of exhibition through direct engagement and participation of its audience beyond the show. Central to the focus of their work, participating artists — throughout the creative process —will use every opportunity to embed avenues for collaboration with their audience. This artistic exercise and the final program acts as a receptacle for gathering questions, fostering appreciation, and incubating new ideas while ensuring a valuable connection between place and people.
July 8, 4-8 p.m., Opening Ceremony, Chase House, Comm. Room (2nd floor), 1530 S 6th St., Minneapolis, MN 55454.
July 15, 4-8 p.m., Reception, Chase House, Comm. Room (2nd floor), 1530 S 6th St., Minneapolis, MN 55454.
Hip Hop at The Commons
Green Minneapolis is hosting four free hip hop dance classes this season at The Commons, with the first two at the end of this week.
FREE and open to kids and teens.
Join instructors from House of Dance Twin Cities as they demonstrate and teach Breakin’, Popping, House, Krump and other styles of Hip Hop dance. All ages and skill levels welcome.
Hip Hop Dance at The Commons:
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415.
X Games makes Minneapolis debut
Family-Friendly Entertainment, Musical Performances and Local Visual Artists to Complement World-Class Action Sports Competition
Photo credits: X Games/ESPN (left), MINN_LAB (right)
Minneapolis is gearing up for a megadose of extreme sports. The city is hosting the X Games July 13-16 at U.S. Bank Stadium with additional events taking place at the stadium’s plazas, The Commons and Mall of America.
A premier action sports event with some of the best athletes in the world competing to win bronze, silver and gold medals along with prize money, the X Games is making its Midwest debut with four days full of BMX, skateboarding and motocross competitions.
Drawing from the deep pool of Twin Cities talent, X Games has teamed up with the several visual artists who will be bringing their skills to X Games Minneapolis with live painting and large scale installations.
Located at the main entry of the music venue, the City of Minneapolis sponsored Creative City Challenge will showcase an impressive installation featuring “Orbacles” by MINN_LABdesigned to inform visitors of the effects of climate change on bird species and activate the senses through sound, smell and water.
Join Gulgun Kayim, Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for office hours in the community, Fridays from 9-10:30 a.m. Dates and locations listed below.
Please note: The July 7 Coffee Talk community office hours have been cancelled and re-scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Cafe Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Because July is a busy travel month, please note July 19 office hours are scheduled for Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
July 19, Coffee Talk, 10-11:30 a.m., Cafe Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis.
July 28, Coffee Talk, 9-10:30 a.m., Mapps Coffee, 1810 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis.