Edison Art Show During Art A Whirl
Located in the Edison Garage along Quincy
Saturday May 19th 3-7pm
Sunday May 20th 12-7pm
Edison Art Show During Art A Whirl
Located in the Edison Garage along Quincy
Saturday May 19th 3-7pm
Sunday May 20th 12-7pm
Share your feedback on how the City should reduce waste and recycle and compost more in 2019-2021 at one of two community meetings. With the adoption of the Zero Waste Plan in December 2017, City Council directed Solid Waste & Recycling staff to coordinate the development of a three-year implementation with assistance from Regulatory Services, CPED, and the Health Department. Join us to learn more and share your opinion before the 2019-2021 implementation plan goes to City Council mid-June, 2018.
Upcoming meetings include:
Emerge (1834 Emerson Ave N)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Seward Friendship Store (317 38th St E)
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit minneapolismn.gov/zerowaste.
After a protracted winter season that lasted well into April and stretched resources and patience, spring has finally arrived, with Art-A-Whirl just around the corner. This annual celebration of our Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is truly a not-to-be-missed event, offering a rare opportunity to visit the studios and workshops of the artists and makers who fuel our community’s creative economy. I urge you all to get out and enjoy this year’s Art-A-Whirl. See the story below for more details.
The slow arrival of spring has necessitated a late start on our Spring Street Sweep, which finally got underway May 1, and has also delayed the start of several road construction projects. This spring and summer we will be seeing work on University Avenue and 37th Avenue NE, as well as the second phase of the Waite Park Concrete Rehabilitation project and the completion of the 18th Ave NE project. See the story below for further information.
Also, I encourage you to attend the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Open House being held at the Northeast Park Recreation Center on Saturday, May 12. This event will be interactive, allowing the opportunity to view and comment on draft policies and maps, as well as sit down with city planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussion on specific action steps listed in the draft plan. We’ll also have free food and family-friendly activities created by local artists. I hope to see many of you there!
Council Member Kevin Reich is always available to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. Feel free to contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or [email protected] to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the May schedule:
Tuesday, May 8, 8 – 9 a.m. at Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE
Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Able Seedhouse, 1121 Quincy Street NE
City leaders want to know your thoughts about the new draft comprehensive plan. When finalized, Minneapolis 2040 will serve as a framework of interdependent policies, topics, action steps and maps intended to drive a citywide conversation about how the city will grow and change over the next two decades so all residents benefit. The public can learn more about the draft plan and provide comments by attending one of the upcoming open houses.
Minneapolis 2040 covers topics such as housing, job access, new building designs and street use. It’s the result of two years of engagement with the people of Minneapolis, including more than 50 meetings and conversations with thousands of residents, business owners and others. Public input directly helped staff establish priorities and determine the content of the draft plan, and public feedback on the draft plan is now needed. Several open houses are being conducted across the City to gather input, including this Eastside open house:
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE
Each open house has family-friendly activities created by local artists and free food from local businesses. Participants can view and comment on draft policies and maps. There are also opportunities to sit down with City planners and fellow attendees for in-depth discussions on specific action steps listed in the draft plan.
People can also view the complete draft plan and give input online at minneapolis2040.com. Public feedback on the draft plan is being collected until July 22.
MN DOT is closing Hwy 47/University Avenue from Lowry Ave NE in Minneapolis to 44th Ave NE in Columbia Heights for approximately two months for resurfacing. Visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/ to learn more and sign up for project updates.
The City of Minneapolis and the City of Columbia Heights are collaborating on a resurfacing of 37th Avenue NE, which marks the border between these two municipalities. The section of 37th Avenue from Main Street to 5th Street NE would be undertaken in 2018. This resurfacing project is part of the Public Works ongoing street improvement program. The purpose of the project is to extend the life of this street by overlaying it with a new layer of asphalt. The Department of Public Works is holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Manor, 3300 Central Avenue NE to address any questions about this project. Representatives from Public Works will be present at the meeting to answer questions you may have.
To sign up for updates, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMS1P-147114
To sign up for updates, visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/2017/WCMSP-191842
To let the ice and snow melt so sweepers have full access along the curbs, the City delayed the start of the Spring Street Sweep until Tuesday, May 1. Drivers should watch for temporary “No Parking” signs to avoid a ticket and tow.
For approximately four weeks, sweeping crews will take care of more than 1,000 miles of city streets in addition to sweeping alleys. To make sure the crews can do the most complete job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance to make sure streets are clear of parked vehicles. Drivers need to follow street sweeping parking rules or they may have their cars ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
Residents, workers and visitors have a number of ways to find out more about street sweeping:
Did you know the City has a blacksmith? Meet Nick Bounds – blacksmith, metal fabricator and welding specialist. He creates custom tools and parts from metal to keep the Minneapolis Water Works Division of the Public Works Department running.
As he describes it, his work melds craft and art. You can see Nick Bounds at work and learn more about his unique job in the latest installment of “A City that Works”: Watch the video on YouTube.
With the warmer weather, some of us are spending more time outside and enjoying outdoor fires. Following these laws will help keep Minneapolis neighborhoods safe and livable:
Illegal open burning or recreational fires could result in fines that start at $200.
Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 23 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country. Art-A-Whirl takes place annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May.
This event is free and open to the public. 2018 dates and hours:
Fri, May 18, 5 – 10 p.m.
Sat, May 19, noon – 8 p.m.
Sun, May 20, noon – 5 p.m.
For more information, visit https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/
Minneapolis residents can bring in their pets for low-cost vaccinations May 6. The City will offer rabies vaccine, feline distemper vaccine, canine distemper vaccine, and microchipping for $10 each or $25 for all three.
2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Fire Station 21, 3209 E. 38th St.
All dogs must be on a leash, all cats must be in a carrier. Must have a valid ID and/or proof of Minneapolis residency to participate. Visitwww.minneapolismn.gov/animalsto learn more.
Save the Date
Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Audubon Park, 1320 – 29th Avenue NE. Enjoy food, music, activities and kids games.
Monday, May 14, 4 – 7 p.m.,1911 Central Avenue NE. Tour the station, meet officers and crime prevention specialists, and enjoy free snacks at this event to recognize National Police Week.
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact (add your information here including: department, contact person, phone and email). People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service
to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.
Para asistencia 612-673-2700 • Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay
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Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council to discuss strategies for continuing to grow our local food system.
4:30 – 5:30 pm Registration, reception and light bites from Minneapolis Public School Catering and Breaking Bread Café.
5:30 – 8:00 pm Dynamic program will include welcome remarks from Mayor Frey, Homegrown Highlights, performances by the Appetite for Change youth including their viral song “Grow Food” and panel discussions about food system priorities with community representatives, City of Minneapolis policymakers and staff, and the Public Health Law Center.
RSVP here (RSVP encouraged but not required). Attendees who RSVP will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a copy of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen cookbook by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley, winner of the 2018 James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook.
Minneapolis Police Departments – 2nd Precinct Open House
1911 Central Avenue NE
Monday May 14, 2018
5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Come visit with Officers and see displays from the 2nd Precinct, K-9, Mounted Patrol, the Bomb Unit, Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center (Dispatch), SWAT, Crime Prevention Specialists and Animal Control.
The Open House will give you the opportunity to meet some of the great people that work for the City of Minneapolis.
Come enjoy a fun night with your neighbors! There will be food and beverages.
Free Family Friendly Event!
Departamentos de Policía de Minneapolis – Exhibición Abierta del 2 ° precinto
1911 Central Avenida NE
Lunes 14 de mayo de 2018
5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m.
Venga a visitarnos con Oficiales y vea exhibiciones del 2do.
Precinto, K-9, Patrulla Montada, la Unidad de Bombas, Centro de Comunicaciones de Emergencia de Minneapolis (Despacho), SWAT, Especialistas en Prevención del Crimen y Control de Animales.
La Exhibición Abierta le dará la oportunidad de conocer a algunas de las grandes personas que trabajan para la Ciudad de Minneapolis.
¡Ven a disfrutar de una noche divertida con tus vecinos!
Habrá comida y bebidas.
¡Evento gratuito para familias!
Waaxda booliiska ee Minneapolis – Xaafada 2-aad
Soo dhawenynta Bulshada
1911 Central Avenue NE
Isniin Maajo 14, 2018
5:00 galabnimo ilaa 7:00 fiidnimo
Walaalayaal waxaan idinku casuumaynaa in aad soo booqataan saraakiisha ka tirsan ciidamada booliska. Waxaad arki doontaan bandhig ama sawiro eey kuu diyaariyeen xaafada 2-aad, Askarta Eeyuhu la Shaqeeyaan (K-9ka), Askarta Roondada ah, Qaybaha Bombooyinka quseeya, Xarunta Isgaarsiinta Degdega ah ee Minnneapolis, Ciidamada meelaha halista ah gala (SWAT), Khabiirada Kahortaga danbiyada iyo kuwa xakameenta xoolaha. Soo dhaweyntaan waxeey kuu siinaysaa fursado aad kula kulanto dad sar sare oo u shaqeeya magaalada Minneapolis. Fadlan kaalaya oo waqti laqaata habiinkaas dariskaada ama dadka xaafadaada dagan! Waxaa jiri doona cunto iyo cabitaan. Waa isku imaad saaxiibtinimo una wanaagsan qoyska!
For questions, contact:
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is seeking enthusiastic volunteer coaches for youth track & field, t-ball, baseball and softball..
call 612-230-6493 or email [email protected]
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) urges people to stay off athletic fields until at least Friday, April 27. An update will be issued Friday after field conditions are reevaluated.
Although most of the recent snow has melted and many teams and athletes are anxious to get started with outdoor sports, fields still need time to dry out before they’re ready for action.
Using athletic fields while the ground is still soft and wet can cause significant damage that makes it much more difficult to prepare for spring/summer sports and affects turf quality all the way through the fall.
The MPRB appreciates everyone’s patience during the abrupt transition to spring. Maintenance staff will do everything they can to open fields as soon as possible. In the meantime, please enjoy paved trails and parkways, playgrounds and recreation centers throughout Minneapolis Parks.
From the Minneapolis Department of Public Works:
Dear Minneapolis Resident or Business Proprietor:
Spring is here and it’s time for the 18th Ave NE reconstruction project to begin again. Last fall, we wrapped things up for winter with plans to return and finish starting in the spring. Items remaining include the removal of the temporary path and placement of the new shared use path on the south side, complete the remaining driveway aprons and pedestrian ramps, plant the grass boulevards, complete the signal work at Monroe St NE and Johnson St NE, remove the asphalt pavement wedges that were installed to protect the curb edges, and place the final layer of asphalt. Minneapolis Forestry will also plant trees in the new boulevard areas along 18th Ave NE, this is expected to occur in the spring of 2019. The project area is shown in red on the enclosed map.
You can sign up to receive email project updates on the project web site: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.
Construction activity for this season is expected to begin with the week of April 16th, weather permitting, and estimated to be substantially completed in early summer 2018. Please understand that the construction schedules are subject to change due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.
If we need to do work on the approach to your driveway, we will notify you in advance of placing your new driveway approach and ask you to park at another location for eight days after concrete placement to allow time for the concrete to cure. During the majority of construction, local access to homes and businesses will be maintained.
As a reminder, our construction activities are likely to cause you some inconvenience, but we are hopeful that you will be patient and understanding as the work progresses. For our part, we will do our best to keep these inconveniences at a minimum. If you have any questions or concerns about this improvement project, please call me, at 612-673-3762. You can also contact the Chief Field Inspector on the Project, John Benjamin at 651-443-1096.
Once again, we ask that you impress upon all children the dangers near construction equipment. We hope to inconvenience you as little as possible and would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding while your neighborhood is being improved.
Beverly Warmka, P.E.
Minneapolis Department of Public Works
You’re invited to join Council Member Kevin Reich at any of these upcoming public events:
Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Association for Black Economic Power are co-hosting a panel discussion about creating a cooperative economy through black cooperatives. Panelists will include Ward One Council Member Kevin Reich and Ward Five Council Member Jeremiah Ellison.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, February 22, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Ave NE
Meet up with Kevin to offer input, share a concern or just say hello. No appointment necessary.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave NE
Join Fire Chief John Fruetel and CM Reich to tour the newly remodeled station, enjoy refreshments, try on equipment, and meet your local firefighters.
1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3, Fire Station 15, 2701 Johnson St NE
Council Member Reich will talk about upcoming infrastructure projects In Northeast Minneapolis.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 8, Eastside Food Co-op, 2551 Central Ave NE
Last August, Fire Station 15 was closed to allow for significant repairs and renovations, including the complete replacement of the apparatus floor, new wiring, kitchen remodeling, wiring and HVAC work. The work is done and Fire Chief John Fruetel and Council Member Kevin Reich invite you to an Open House to celebrate the newly remodeled station.
Where: 2701 Johnson Street NE
Join your friends and neighbors to tour the station, meet your neighborhood firefighters, try on gear and enjoy some refreshments!
Weather permitting, all Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board ice rinks and warming houses will remain open through Sunday, Feb. 25.
The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color will be Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Stassen Room 170 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
We believe neighborhood residents are the most powerful force against injustice in their community. Our Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color values recruiting and supporting people of color to join their local neighborhood board to create change in their community and to transform the injustice of not having diverse voices and leadership in neighborhood groups. Our program creates learning sessions and a support networks for people of color join their local neighborhood board and use their power to make their vision for their community a reality through organizing.
The training is open to people of color who want to join their neighborhood board and create local change so they are prepared to run at their neighborhood association or district council annual meeting elections, or want to inquire about board vacancies in their community.
For more information or to register, interested participants should fill out this short registration form.
The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color offers:
I have some great news to share on the sustainability front both in Ward One and the city as a whole, which makes for a positive start to 2018! In January the city received a grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to design and install up to $550,000 in stormwater management infrastructure at our new East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility. This infrastructure will be an important piece of the many sustainability elements incorporated into the facility, which will be designed to LEED certification standards. See the story below for more information.
In October 2012 I joined Ward 1 stakeholders, representatives from Minneapolis Public Schools and Sundial Solar to talk about applying for a grant to do a major solar project at Edison High School. Early in January 2018, the Public Utilities Commission approved our application to install solar panels on Edison’s roof and put a solar canopy over the new Edison Plaza next to the gym. It was a long wait, but work can now begin to make the Edison Green Campus even greener! Look for more details about this exciting project in next month’s newsletter.
On a citywide basis, I’m proud to announce a couple of exciting achievements. Our Solid Waste & Recycling Division was named 2017 Recycler of the Year on the basis of our highly successful organics recycling program. Minneapolis is also now the first in the nation to go “perc-free”thanks in large part to our innovative green business cost-sharing programs. Check out the stories below to learn more about these achievements.
The City of Minneapolis has received a substantial grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) to design and construct enhanced storm water infrastructure as part of the development of the new East Side Storage & Maintenance Facility.
The grant will be used for a storm water storage and filtration system, as well as onsite education resources so that the general public can learn more about storm water management systems and their impacts. The water treatment area will be incorporated into the landscape design so that it provides aesthetic as well as educational benefits. Pictured at right is one representative type of storm water management strategy.
The grant will fund up to $550,000 in design and construction work, depending on the final scope of the project.
Minneapolis became the first city in the nation to go entirely “perc-free” as the last dry cleaner switched over to a safer process. With help from the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, East Isles Resident Association and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association, Osman Cleaners switched its machines over from using perchloroethylene – also called “perc” – to a process using clean solvents safer for employees, neighbors and customers. In less than six years since the City’s cost-sharing program began, Minneapolis has helped the last nine dry cleaners in the city using perchloroethylene replace their equipment to make the switch.
Perchloroethylene is the main chemical solvent used in dry cleaning. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies perchloroethylene as a “likely carcinogen”; it also has the potential to damage the kidneys, liver, immune system and blood system, and affect reproduction and fetal development. A 2015 Minneapolis Health Department study detected 99 occasions of perchloroethylene above levels that are considered health risks over a long period of time in outdoor, ambient air in Minneapolis.
Financial assistance from the neighborhood groups made this and other cost-prohibitive projects possible for small businesses and also laid groundwork for more healthy City-neighborhood partnerships.
The funds for the program come from pollution control fees that businesses pay to the City. Find more information about the City’s green business cost-sharing programs here.
At the end of last year, the Recycling Association of Minnesota awarded the City of Minneapolis Division of Solid Waste and Recycling its top honor: 2017 Recycler of the Year. The award was given in recognition of the creation and promotion of a city-wide organics program that has produced outstanding results in participation and waste diversion. The award also recognizes the inclusive, multi-faceted and multi-lingual educational campaign that has accompanied the program.
The City of Minneapolis citywide opt-in organics recycling program was rolled out 2015-2016. As of September 2017, 43.27% of households have signed up to participate in the program.
To promote greater transparency and improve public access to government data, the City of Minneapolis Records & Information Management (RIM) Division recently introduced a new enterprise-wide charging policy for data practices requests. Previously, departments largely set their own rates, which resulted in requestors having to pay varying rates to access City information based on which department held the responsive data. So, for example, one department might not charge anything for a handful of simple black-and-white copies of easily-retrievable data, whereas another department might charge for each page — and even then, the per-page charge varied from department to department, from as little as 10 cents per page to more than $1 per page. Furthermore, because many departments lack the capacity to accept on-line payments, requestors were forced to travel to City Hall or to mail payments before being allowed to access public data. The combination of these variable rates and inconsistent practices were, in effect, creating a barrier to the public in terms of accessing public data from the City.
The RIM Division recently implemented a new Data Request Charging Policy. A key feature of this new policy is the introduction of a charging threshold of $30; in other words, the City will no longer charge for data requests that have a total fee of less than $30. This is a significant step forward in improving service to the public and ending the restrictive processes which created barriers to data accessibility. Moreover, the new policy eases the internal administrative processes for staffers who no longer will be required to generate invoices, track payments, and process receipt of funds. That, in and of itself, will present a cost-savings to the enterprise simply in terms of eliminating bureaucratic paper shuffling. This new policy is part of larger enterprise efforts to make the City’s data and information assets more easily accessible to the public, and to ensure our processes are fair and transparent to the community we serve.
The City of Minneapolis is moving forward with plans for a new downtown office building near City Hall to better serve residents and businesses. City employees are currently working in several leased and owned sites scattered around downtown Minneapolis. The new Consolidated Public Office Building will be diagonally across the street from City Hall at501 4th Ave S, currently the site of a parking lot. It will be a sustainable and resilient building that will feature a welcoming, customer-centric public service area while reducing the City’s overall real estate footprint.
City staff and the project design team of MSR Design and Henning Larsen will be hosting a community engagement meeting to present information about the building, answer questions and receive community input about the public service center, the conferencing center and the public art component. All are welcome to attend:
Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.
Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd Street (first floor)
dison High School offers an Art As A Profession class for juniors and seniors, as well as arts focused sophomores, so that students can explore a variety of career paths in the arts. As part of a unique collaboration, Edison worked with local artwork services company Art Force to bring in professional artists to show their work and talk to students about career options and the business aspects of the art world. Art Force, which relocated from Plymouth to the Arts District several years ago, offers complete services from procurement to installation and conservatorship.
Students also went on field trips to local studios in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, museums and the U of M. They learned firsthand how to work with a client to create a work of art and to work within contract guidelines. They built portfolios and learned how to market themselves, design business cards and post professionally using social media.
Their final gallery show, which is currently on display in the media center, focuses on the concept of “Change” and features the work of 18 students. In addition to creating the works of art, they also planned the exhibit, created labels, flyers and postcards, and built the gallery walls in the Edison wood shop.
Pillsbury School, which is the home of the bike education program Pedal Power, was one of two schools in Minneapolis named “Bike Walk School of the Year” by Our Streets.
The Pedal Power program, which was created by Pillsbury staff members Mark Trumper and Susan Tuck, offers bikes and bicycle education to children who might otherwise not learn to ride. With the help of dedicated volunteers, Pedal Power students learn bicycle safety and basic maintenance and travel around the Twin Cities on bicycle outings several times a month.
The Pillsbury Pedal Power team was awarded one of the City of Minneapolis Health Department’s “Local Heroes” awards in 2014.
Council Member Kevin Reich is always available to meet with Ward 1 constituents and discuss matters of concern to them, either at City Hall or at a convenient location in the Ward. just contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.
Friday, February 16, 8 – 9 a.m. at Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE
Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Avenue NE
Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S. This event is free and features workshops, speakers, panels and a catered lunch. For more information and to register, visithttp://www.minneapolismn.gov/
Sunday, Feb. 11, 4 – 7 p.m., 56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave. Cook and compete or come just to eat at this delicious fundraiser hosted by the Edison Activity Council. Tickets are $10/advance or $15/door. Kids & Student tickets are $5.
Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. Join local
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 at www.minneapolismn.gov/
Three teams have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Creative City Challenge. This year, taking its cue from the site of the installation, The Commons, artists proposed projects on the theme of Commonality: What is the 21st century commons? What do we share when we gather together in outdoor spaces? Is it possible to share common ideas and goals while acknowledging significant differences in heritage, lifestyle, income and interest?
A jury will select the winning team to install its project at The Commons for an unveiling at Northern Spark June 16 and remaining on The Commons for several weeks.
Carry-on Family proposes “Carry-on Homes,” a multi-functional venue for story sharing, where individuals can come together and speak to their homes – near and far – on a stage or by writing notes and tying them on a “journey wall.” Home is a universally shared concept that transcends race, gender, class and polemics.
Samuel B. Ero-Phillips takes inspiration for “United Nations” from the way the United Nations relates to our common human experience around the world. The base of the assembly hall would create a space to gather with an overhead structure displaying and illuminating our best shared ideals. Murals on the lower wood deck seating area and custom globes would respond to a theme of commonality curated by the artist’s network of youth worker community artists.
Yes Let’s proposes “Uncommon Courtesies,” setting up an interactive radial experience with a common question, a common experience and a common community. Visitors would move through stations in four different levels having recorded stories from diverse communities paired with supplementary graphics and text.
About Minneapolis’ Creative City Challenge
The Creative City Challenge is a temporary public art commission program managed by the City of Minneapolis’ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program and conceived as a showcase for local creative talent, Minneapolis community identities and a tangible symbol of the complex narratives that make up the many stories within our urban landscape. Each year the selected project receives a commission, and the winning work is showcased at the annual Northern Spark festival.
Find more from the artists and see their preliminary project sketches at http://northern.lights.mn/
Nicollet Mall reconstruction ushered in three NEW public artworks to downtown Minneapolis, and welcomed back the return of six artworks. The new mall includes artworks that you can experience, use, study, and enjoy – it is the largest collection of public art in the city outside of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. These artworks feature different generations of artists, styles, approaches, materials, and technologies – from the 1960s to the present day. We encourage you to visit these artworks over and over again, as their qualities and meanings continue to be revealed over time and through the seasons.
The Nicollet Mall virtual tour is now available, along with six other tours featuring the Minneapolis’ Public Art Collection. Each tour provides information on each individual artwork such as its location, materials, an image, and other public artworks nearby.
Check out the Nicollet Mall Tour and our other tours at: www.arcg.is/mplsart
Several streets near U.S. Bank Stadium will close Saturday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 29 to prepare for Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. 4.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, the following will close:
On Monday, Jan. 29, the following will close:
The closures will be in place until after the Super Bowl.
Additionally, streets, sidewalks and bikeways may see intermittent closures near U.S. Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Over the past several months, the City of Minneapolis has worked closely with stakeholders, including the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, NFL, their vendors and several other local partners to craft a traffic management plan that will enhance the Super Bowl LII experience while providing the minimum disruption to traffic and parking possible.
Stay up-to-date on the latest information related to Super Bowl LII street closures by signing up for City traffic alerts at minneapolismn.gov/traffic. For more City-related Super Bowl LII information, go to minneapolismn.gov/SuperBowl. For additional travel tips for the 10-day Super Bowl festival, visitmnsuperbowl.com/transportation.
From Christina Kendrick, City of Minneapolis:
Our Community Connections Conference is coming up fast and our new Mayor and City Council want to be a big part of this year’s event.
The closing general session is going to be facilitated dialogues with our elected officials. The structure will be several “circle conversations” that are structured by 3 questions… much like our Art of Hosting Neighborhood’s 2020 community dialogues. The dialogues will be for roughly ½ hour and then the elected officials will “report out” their take-aways from their specific circle.
Having our neighborhoods and community partners be front and center of these dialogues is a great way to demonstrate our partnership. The time commitment is from 2:45-3:30 (but of course we encourage you to participate in the whole conference!)
Please let me know if you are willing to help us out! Also, feel free to pass to friends/family/colleagues who you know have skills with facilitation or/and notetaking. We are hoping to get 15 or more volunteers!
Christina Kendrick, MA MBA
Senior Community Specialist
Neighborhood and Community Relations
105 5th Ave S Ste. 425
Minneapolis MN 55415
For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.
Here are the Hennepin County projects:
This project started in August of 2017 and will really get going in June of 2018 with the closure of the access to downtown (Fifth and Grant and 11th) and from downtown at Fourth Avenue for four months. The ramp from I-35W north to I-94 west and I-94 east to I-35W south will close this summer for 3 ½ years. You will also see numerous ramp closures and lane closures on I-35W. Encourage people to sign up for email alerts and consider alternate transportation downtown. MnDOT has a contract with Move Minneapolis and eWorkplace to help with these efforts. MnPASS is an option too. This project continues through 2021.
Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]
I-94 Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr/
This is year two. We have repairs to two bridges to complete that will require ramp closures. I-394 east to I-94 west and I-94 west to Highway 55 will be closed for between 30 to 90 days.
MnDOT added improvements to the Whitney Bridge over I-94 in Minnepolis that connects the Walker Art Center to Loring Park. This project runs from early May to August. That will require two closures of I-94 from I-35W to I-394 this summer. This also could require some lane closures on I-94 and Hennepin and Lyndale. We are working on finalizing specifics and updating materials.
Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]
I-35W Minneapolis to Roseville: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35w-mpls-roseville/index.html
This is a resurfacing job from Fourth and University to Ramsey County Road C in Roseville. It will require six weekend closures, some directional and some full, between mid-July and the State Fair that will reduce access to downtown for those coming from the north. A fact sheet is attached.
Contact: Kevin Walker: [email protected]
Highway 47 Minneapolis to Columbia Heights: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47mpls/
This is a resurfacing project in northeast Minneapolis that will close University Avenue from Lowry Avenue in Minneapolis to 44th Avenue in Columbia Heights from late April to early July. The project is planned to allow trucks and local traffic access while work is not being done in certain areas. The web page has the schedule maps. Those will be updated to reflect recently changed timelines. A fact sheet is attached.
Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]
University/Central Avenue sidewalk and signal improvements: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy47andhwy65/
This is the third year of MNDOT and Minneapolis working to bring northeast Minneapolis intersections into American with Disabilities Act compliance. This year, work will happen on five intersections. You can see those on the web page or fact sheet. The work will start after the Highway 47 project is done. A fact sheet is attached.
Contact: Dave Aeikens [email protected]
My name is Hannah Hagy and I am a research coordinator at the University of Minnesota. The University of Minnesota has been chosen by the National Institutes of Health to participate in the Human Connectome Aging Project. This ambitious project will measure 3,000 images in order to improve knowledge on connectivity within the brain throughout aging. We really hope that this project will help us better understand healthy aging and eventually how to detect and eliminate various aging related diseases. We think that this study would interest some of your organization members and supporters. I was wondering if you could consider sharing the enclosed information about the project with the members of the Logan Park Neighborhood Association. I have read many outstanding reviews online of your organization and think that many of your community members may find this opportunity to be interesting. We have a Facebook page, too, if you’d like to take a look!
I have attached a flyer with more information about the study. I would be more than willing to come hang up a flier if you have a place that would be appropriate. If you’d like for us to mail you some fliers or brochures to pass out, we could do that as well. We also do presentations and information sessions, if that is something that interests you. We love getting out into the community to talk about aging research. We are dedicated to achieving a diverse study sample, striving to have all members of the community represented.
We are looking for healthy adults 80 years and older with no diagnosed history of neurologic or major psychiatric disorders, to participate in our study. It would start with a brief (15 to 20 minute) telephone interview to see if they are eligible to participate. If they qualify, they will be asked to complete two sessions at the University of Minnesota. The study session will include a fasting blood sample (with a light breakfast provided after the blood draw) and questionnaires administered on a computer. The study also includes two MRI scans. We use a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine, specially developed for this project, for our imaging studies and it includes no X-rays or other harmful exposures. Participants will be compensated up to $400 for the time that they spend volunteering for the study.
Please feel free to contact me with questions, or have your members contact the research team themselves at 612-301-1705 or HCP-[email protected]. If you do not publicize research studies, I understand.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Minneapolis Public Schools’ last day for students to be June 8
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Board of Education voted tonight to make the last day of school for students Friday, June 8, 2018. This change only impacts student attendance and is separate from any current or future discussions with employee bargaining groups about the total number of staff duty days. The vote came at the recommendation of Superintendent Ed Graff after reviewing achievement data since institution of a longer school year, as well as feedback from staff, families and the community.
MPS currently exceeds the state-mandated school year of 165 days by going 176 days. The district will be well within the required school-year length with the reduction of these two days. In addition, MPS has seen no improvement in academic achievement from extending our school calendar several years ago. There have been numerous studies about the relationship between achievement (as defined by standardized test scores and time). In general, when factoring in variables such as teacher quality, leadership, and state standards, it takes at least 10 additional days of instruction to see minor gains in achievement.
Additional data on attendance shows a marked increase in absences the later into June the school year goes. Furthermore, at the end of last school year, Minneapolis experienced a number of extremely hot days that proved detrimental to student learning in buildings without air conditioning, none of which are used as summer school locations. The district heard from a number of families who felt the school year was too long and student learning diminished the further into June classes were held.
This was reflected in a recent MPS budget values survey, which showed staff and families were open to changes in the length of the school calendar. A clear majority of survey respondents favored eliminating the last two days for the current school year, though there was feedback showing some people were less inclined to support changes unless mitigating actions were taken for student learning during those two days. MPS is currently exploring how to provide resources and support to families and students for June 11 and 12.
Beginning Jan. 15, check mpls.k12.mn.us for updates and resources for families.