When It Snows, Shovel Your Sidewalk

Sidewalks are a critical part of Minneapolis’ transportation system and they should be open for everyone. With the snow season upon us, here’s a refresher on the City’s rules. Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners of houses and duplexes to clear sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowfall and all other property owners must clear their sidewalks within four daytime hours.

Clearing snow and ice from sidewalks helps people of all ages and abilities safely walk or roll to where they need to go. This is a primary mode of transportation for many people in the city so it’s important to be a good neighbor and help them out.

In addition to relying on complaints reported to 311, this season City inspectors will also be out in neighborhoods actively looking for sidewalks that aren’t shoveled. Failure to shovel and maintain your sidewalk could result in a warning letter and, if left uncleared, a bill for the City to remove snow from your sidewalk. An average bill is approximately $150.

People should call 311 to learn more about resources available to people who may need help clearing their sidewalks. Several nonprofit organizations are ready to provide for-hire services or provide help when the snow falls.

Snow shoveling videos

Informative videos in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong are available online to help explain what property owners need to do when it snows. Find more information at www.minneapolismn.gov/snow/shovel.

Affordable Housing Property Tax Reductions Expanded

The City Council has approved expanding an innovative strategy to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing in Minneapolis by helping property owners obtain property tax reductions for agreeing to keep a portion of rental units affordable. Property owners of all buildings or tax parcels with two or more units are eligible to participate.

The expanded Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program follows on the heels of a successful 4d pilot program that launched in May. As part of the pilot, property owners committed to preserving 207 units of affordable housing through 10-year affordability commitments. The expanded 4d program has the potential to preserve 700 or more additional units of naturally occurring affordable housing in 2019.

Participants in the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program agree to keep a minimum of 20 percent of units per building affordable to households making 60 percent of the area median income for 10 years. The qualifying units are eligible for a 40 percent reduction in property taxes.

In addition to reduced property taxes, program participants benefit from payment of the first year State of Minnesota application fee for certification of the 4d property tax classification; a $100 grant per affordable unit (capped at $1,000 per property); free or low-cost energy assessments; and City cost sharing for solar energy installations and energy efficiency improvements.

Owners of market-rate multifamily properties with two or more units are eligible to apply. At least 20 percent of the property’s rental units must be affordable to households making 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). For more eligibility requirements, visit the program website www.minneapolismn.gov/4d.

Applications can be made onlineThe application deadline is Feb. 12, 2019. Contact Dean Porter-Nelson atdean.porter-nelson@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-5237 for additional information.

Neighborhoods 2020 Update

There are two upcoming opportunities to weigh in on the Neighborhoods 2020 Work Group recommendations.

During the first week of December there will be five community meetings. These meetings are open to anyone interested. Work Group members are invited to listen to questions, comments, and concerns from residents. Attend one or all. Please spread the word.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Waite House
2323 11th Ave S, MPLS MN 55404

Monday, December 3, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Opportunity Center
740 E 17TH ST MPLS 55404

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM
North Market
4414 Humboldt Ave N MPLS 55412

Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Little Earth Residents Association – LERA Conference Room
2495 18th Ave South MPLS MN 55404

Friday, December 7, 2018
11:30 – 1:30 PM
Harrison Education Center
Multipurpose Room
501 Irving Ave N MPLS 55405

Individual Work Groups will reconvene one last time to finalize their recommendations the week of December 12th.

The next opportunity to weigh in will be during the 45-day public comment period once the final recommendations are released. The final recommendations will be released in January 2019.

Spread the word
Help us spread the word about the upcoming community meetings by downloading and sharing the flier.

Neighborhoods 2020 Community Meetings Flier (pdf)

If you wish to discuss Neighborhoods 2020 please feel free to email Steve Gallagher at steven.gallagher@minneapolismn.gov or 612.673.2905.

Minneapolis releases final draft of comprehensive plan

The City of Minneapolis has released  the final draft of its 2040 Comprehensive Plan, a document that will guide equitable growth in the city over the next 20 years.

See the 2040 comp plan revision map

Over the past two years, they have been to every corner of the city, meeting with a diverse range of residents to hear our vision for our city. They heard that people want to reduce disparities, provide access to affordable housing and living-wage jobs, create a sustainable community, and remain a health and diverse economic center.

Over the four-month public comment period on the initial draft, the City received more than 10,000 comments, and planning staff read every single one.

We encourage you to review the final draft at Minneapolis2040.com.  They have provided an executive summary as well as a marked-up version of the plan so that you can easily see what was changed.

You still have time to share your feedback on the final draft. Public comments can be submitted to the Planning Commission and City Council online at minneapolis2040.com. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on October 29, and the City Council will also hold a public hearing the week of Nov. 12. The City Council is expected to vote on the Comprehensive Plan in December before submitting the plan to the Metropolitan Council.

Ward One Newsletter, from Council Member Kevin Reich

Council Member’s Message:

The City of Minneapolis has over 50 advisory boards and commissions, whose members help shape City policy and legislation. Appointments to these groups are made twice a year, with the Fall applications due on October 5. See the story below for more information about current openings and some deeper background about one of the advisory committees, provided by Community Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC) representative and Ward One resident Michelle Shaw.

I’m always impressed by the number of Ward One residents who are ready and willing to serve on the City of Minneapolis’ many advisory boards and commission. When openings arise, it’s not unusual to receive applications from multiple Ward One candidates, all bringing impressive talents and a range of backgrounds and achievements.

As a city we are always seeking to broaden the diversity of the membership of our advisory boards and commissions to better reflect our population. I urge all of you to consider serving on one of these groups and to encourage others to apply as well. Visit minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings to learn more.

Kevin Reich Signature




Apply for Minneapolis Advisory Boards & Committees

Several board and commission positions are open for City Council and mayor appointments this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available on request so all residents can participate.

People can apply through the open position pages linked below and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. The application review process begins Oct. 5 unless marked otherwise, and the positions are open until filled.

There are almost 190 open positions on 18 City boards and commissions:

Meet with Your Council Member

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 kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the October schedule:

Wednesday, October 3, 8 – 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1618 Central Avenue NE

Monday, October 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Fair State Brewing Cooperative, 2506 Central Avenue NE

Fall Street Sweep

Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city on Tuesday, Oct. 23. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 22, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed.

Ways to stay informed of the parking rules:

  • No Parking” signs – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day a street is swept. The “No Parking” signs will be removed as soon as possible after a street has been completely swept to allow people to resume parking. Vehicles not in compliance with “No Parking” signs may be ticketed and towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.
  • Social media – The City will use Facebook and Twitter to post periodic street sweeping updates and information.
  • Facebook: To “like” the City of Minneapolis Facebook page, go to www.facebook.com/cityofminneapolis.
  • Twitter: To follow the City’s Twitter account, go to www.twitter.com/CityMinneapolis.
  • Phone calls to residents – In addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,000 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day.  There’s no guarantee that the calls will reach everyone, so residents should be sure to check the various ways to be aware of the rules, and watch for signs.
  • Interactive web feature – Folks can use a feature on the City’s website to find out when the sweepers are coming through their neighborhoods. The tool will be available at www.minneapolismn.gov/streetsweepingonce we get closer to the start date. The fall street sweep takes four weeks, and visitors to the website will be able to find out which week their street is scheduled to be swept. Then, on the weekend before each of the four weeks, the schedule for the upcoming week will be broken down to show which day of the week streets are scheduled to be swept.
  • Videos – Street sweeping is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s  “Did you know…” series of short videos that can be viewed at www.YouTube.com/cityofminneapolis and on Minneapolis City TV. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos.


Plan for the November Election

Following the high turnout this primary election, Minneapolis election officials expect a very busy Election Day. Voters can save time by planning ahead for the Nov. 6 election.

Are you registered to vote?

While voters can register at the polls, being registered before Election Day makes voting faster. Voters can check the status of their registrations at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/register. Anyone who has moved to a new address or had a name change since last registering will need to re-register. Anyone who hasn’t voted in the past four years must also re-register before voting.

People can preregister online or fill out and mail in a registration application available at government offices and the elections website. Preregistration ends 21 days before the Nov. 6 election, so applications must be submitted by Oct. 16.

Voters who miss the preregistration deadline can still register at the polls and vote on Election Day. In Minnesota, individuals may register at the polls on Election Day by providing one of the forms of identification required by Minnesota law. They will need to allow extra time at the polls to register. See the elections website for the list of identification required to register and vote on Election Day.

Early voting has begun

People can vote early by mail or in person at the Early Vote Center, 217 S. Third Street. Any voter can vote early; no reason is needed. People who mail in a filled-out absentee ballot must allow enough time for delivery; it can take longer than seven days. Absentee ballot applications are available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.

Litter Be Gone

Litter Be Gone, which is coordinated by the Alliance for Sustainability in partnership with Minneapolis’ Clean City program, is joining with the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber on Northeast’s bi-annual Community Clean Up Days, October 4 – 6. The Northeast Minneapolis Chamber has spearheaded this community clean-up initiative for more than 20 years.

Volunteers will be provided with vests, gloves and garbage bags, which can be picked up at the Northeast Chamber office, 2329 Central Aveon Oct. 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northeast Chamber staff will also be available to drop off and pick up supplies. Sign up to volunteer online at www.mplschamber.com/weedit or call 612-378-0050. This is a great opportunity to join your friends and neighbors and give a few hours of time to clean up boulevards, sidewalks, streets, alleys and community green spaces.

Save the Date

Minneapolis Small Business Team Office Hours

Tuesday, October 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to stop by for a free consultation, help navigating City processes, and more.

Nordeast Big River Brew Fest

Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4 p.m., East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 2nd St NE. Enjoy food, live music and beer samples at this event to benefit the programs of ESNS. Visit http://www.esns.org/NordeastBigRiverBrewFest for more information.

Minneapolis Small Business Team Office Hours

Tuesday, November 6, 3 – 5 p.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to stop by for a free consultation, help navigating City processes, and more.

1st Ward Newsletter

Council Member’s Message

Thanks to all who attended the recent First Ward Forum on the topic of financing community solar projects and special thanks to guest speakers Mark Russ, the City of Minneapolis CFO, and Andy Stahlman from IPS Solar. For more information about this engaged discussion, visithttp://www.minneapolismn.gov/www/groups/public/documents/agenda/wcmsp-213755.pdf. This event was only the latest in an ongoing discussion about the feasibility of a community solar project right here in Ward One. Watch future newsletters for announcements about upcoming meetings.

September marks the beginning of budget season for the City of Minneapolis. Mayor Frey presented his proposed 2019 budget on August 15 and you can read it in its entirety by clicking HERE. Over the next two months I and my Council colleagues will be hearing presentations from various departments about the specifics of their budget requests. These presentations are open to the public and are also available on the City’s cable access channel. Visit http://www.minneapolismn.gov/budget/budget-calendar  for a calendar of these presentations. These presentations are illuminating, offering an important glimpse into each department’s accomplishments, goals and priorities, and I encourage you to watch them to learn more about the work of your tax dollars.

There will be three opportunities for public comment to the Council on the budget in November and December, before final budget adoption on December 5. You don’t need to wait, however, to offer me your input on priorities for our tax dollars, so feel free to reach out at any time by email, letter, phone or at one of my community events.

Kevin Reich Signature


Meet with Your Council Member

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 kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the September schedule:

Wednesday, September 12, 8- 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1628 Central Avenue NE

Monday, September 24, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Insight Brewing, 2821 E. Hennepin Avenue

Inform the City’s Transportation Action Plan

How do you travel around Minneapolis? The City wants to know and encourages you to take part in an online survey. Share your current travel habits and thoughts on what improvements could be made to the city’s transportation options and infrastructure. You can also enter to win one of two $25 gift cards if you complete the survey.

Public Works will use the information as it drafts the City’s Transportation Action Plan, which will guide City priorities for transportation projects and policies over the next 10 years. Over the next year, Public Works will work with the community to develop and gather feedback on the draft of the Transportation Action Plan. In fall 2019, Public Works will present the Transportation Action Plan to the City Council for approval.

Current work on the Transportation Action Plan will also identify specific actions for the City to take toward transportation goals and policies outlined in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s draft comprehensive plan. The City Council will vote on Minneapolis 2040 by the end of the year.

Work on the Transportation Action Plan will also support the City’s Complete Streets PolicyVision Zero commitmentClimate Action Plan goals and commitment to equity. To take the survey, learn more about the plan and review the draft community engagement plan, go to minneapolismn.gov/gompls.

2019 City Budget Proposal

Mayor Jacob Frey has presented his recommended 2019 City budget to City leaders – a budget that includes a significant increase in funding for affordable housing programs.

The City Council will begin reviewing the recommended $1.55 billion budget, hold a series of budget presentations in September and October, and vote on adopting a budget Dec. 5. The Board of Estimate and Taxation is scheduled to hold a public hearing to set the maximum property tax levy at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The recommended budget includes a 5.63 percent tax levy increase. The City’s revenues come from a variety of sources with property taxes accounting for about 23 percent of the budget. The City’s tax base has increased by more than 10 percent between 2018 and 2019 and the proposed levy increase is less than 6 percent, resulting in the overall tax rate going down.

A few highlights of the mayor’s proposed budget include:

Visit the City’s budget website to review the 2019 recommended budget, learn about key dates in the approval process and watch a video about how you can provide feedback on the proposed budget.

Next Steps for Minneapolis 2040 Plan

The public comment period for feedback on the City of Minneapolis’ draft comprehensive plan officially closed July 23, and since then City staff have been diligently reviewing more than 10,000 comments from Minneapolis residents. These comments will inform changes and updates to the draft plan, and the Minneapolis Planning Commission and the City Council will consider the new draft in September.

Feedback from residents includes:

  • A wide spectrum of ideas on land use, density, affordable housing and community growth.
  • The need to coordinate educational/professional training programs with the City’s goals (e.g., green building, preservation).
  • The need to provide more support to small businesses, especially in vulnerable areas, to avoid displacement.
  • The need for multi-generational housing that allows residents with strong ties to a neighborhood to stay in that neighborhood throughout their lives.
  • The importance of supporting residents who want to improve the public realm in their neighborhoods.
  • The importance of strengthening relationships between jurisdictions, such as those between City and County, City and school district, City and nonprofit sectors, to do the work outlined in the comprehensive plan.

More comments and feedback can be found here.

The Metropolitan Land Planning Act requires municipalities in the Twin Cities area to provide the Metropolitan Council with updated comprehensive plans every 10 years. It must be consistent with the Metropolitan Council’s regional development guide, Thrive MSP 2040, that sets the direction for the region’s growth and development.

Shared Motorized Foot Scooter Pilot Program Launched

The City Council has approved a license agreement for shared motorized foot scooter operators as part of a pilot program through Nov. 30, 2018.

Under the pilot program, the number of scooters allowed in the city is capped at 200 during the first two months of the pilot and increases to 400 in October and November. The City can increase or decrease that number any time during the pilot.

State law regulates how motorized foot scooters can be operated. A scooter may not be operated on a sidewalk, except to cross it. Scooters may be operated on a bicycle path, bicycle trail, bicycle lane or bikeway unless it is signed otherwise. Scooters must be ridden as close as is practical to the right-hand side of the road, and must follow the same traffic laws as bicyclists. Also, scooter operators may not carry passengers.

Shared motorized foot scooters may be parked on sidewalks in the city if they are not blocking pedestrian travel or access. Scooters should be parked upright using the kickstand when not in use.

The City will use data throughout the pilot program to evaluate scooters’ impact on the right of way, user riding and parking behavior, equitable distribution and access, among other things. During and after the pilot program, City staff will do analysis and determine the best framework for relaunching the scooters in the spring of 2019.

For more information about motorized foot scooters, visit minneapolismn.gov/scooters or call 311.

Save The Date

Fiction Basics Workshop

Saturday, September 15, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE. A workshop in collaboration with the Loft Literary Center to teach the ins and outs of creating memorable settings, developing an exciting plot and writing believable characters. Register at https://www.hclib.org/ or call 612-543-6775.

10th Annual Waite Park Pushcart Derby

Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Waite Park, 1810 – 34th Avenue NE. Watch the thrills of the derby and then stick around to enjoy food, music and games.

New wading pool coming to Logan Park

Logan Park’s existing wading pool will close as of July 30, so that the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) can begin a reconstruction project approved by the board in May. The new pool is expected to be complete in time for the opening of the pool season on Memorial Day weekend in 2019.

The project includes a mechanical building to be constructed near the pool, an option selected to preserve a large elm tree valued by the community. In addition, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association has generously donated funds to add water features to the new pool.

Roof replacement project update

Meanwhile, the bidding process to replace the recreation center roof was unsuccessful. MPRB staff are revising the project scope and expect to release it for bidding later this summer.

Stay tuned for updates as both projects proceed.

Louis Peters
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Letter of Introduction from Popol Vuh

Hello Logan Park Neighborhood!

My name is Jami Olson and I am one of the owners and the General Manager of Popol Vuh and Centro, a new restaurant opening in your neighborhood soon. We are located on the corner of Quincy Street and 15th Ave, directly across from Indeed Brewery. You maybe have been wondering what’s been going on with the building on that corner as we have been working on this project for over a year now. I apologize to keep you waiting and guessing for so long. We are excited to announce we are very close to having our doors open for you.

Popol Vuh and Centro is a dual Mexican restaurant and we are absolutely thrilled to be part of your neighborhood and community. Centro, opening the end of June, is our lively, fun, fast casual restaurant. It’s definitely the energy of the two concepts. We will have a takeout
window in the back and hope to offer delivery to the neighborhood in the near future. It’s
counter-service with a full-service bar and a dog friendly patio. We will serve up Mexican street food at a friendly price. Tacos, churros, a raw bar, margaritas on tap, and a guava mezcal slushy are just a few of the menu items we’re excited to offer. We will have vinyl spinning on the record player and soccer on the televisions. Ask about our bunny mural on the wall when you stop in.

Popol Vuh is our refined concept opening the end of July. Chef/owner Jose Alarcon has come up with a menu unlike anything you’ve experienced before in the city. Jose is from the state of Morelos in Mexico and his fresh, authentic, wood fired cooking will be the focus of the restaurant. We will also have a wine list featuring wines from around the world and finely crafted cocktails.

We are very appreciative to be in such a wonderful area and we are looking forward to meeting you all. Popol Vuh and Centro is an independently ran restaurant led by a group of talented individuals who share a passion for food and community. Being friendly neighbors and maintaining a positive presence in the neighborhood is priority to all of us at Popol Vuh and Centro.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.
Jami Olson
Owner Popol Vuh & Centro

Hours of operation:
Sunday-Thursday 11am-midnight
Friday & Saturday 11am-1am

Popol Vuh
Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm

Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day returns to Bethune Park

Community-led event features a parade, award-winning performers, great local food and a return to the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis!

Join us for Juneteenth – Celebrating Freedom Day on Saturday, June 16, at Bethune Park in North Minneapolis.

The all-day celebration kicks off with a parade for everyone to join or watch, led by grand marshal Walter “Q-Bear” Banks of KMOJ. It begins at 9:45 am, heading south from the Minneapolis Public Schools parking lot (at North Girard and 21st avenues) to Bethune Park.

From 11 am to 6 pm, enjoy great live local music, dance and other entertainment at the park, along with youth activities, a historical sharing area, and merchandise and food for purchase. Event details, a stage schedule and volunteer opportunities are available atwww.minneapolisparks.org/juneteenth.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Juneteenth Legacy Committee host this day-long, community-led celebration. Bethune Park is the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis, led by two of its original founders, Michael Chaney and Spike Moss.

On stage, Juneteenth includes:

  • Music from Grammy Award winner Sounds of Blackness, Billboard Gospel Chart topper Jovonta Patton and Minnesota music legend Cornbread Harris
  • Performers Bernice Gregory, Libation, Jamela Pettiford, Kueen T, LaKame, Casual Confusion and DJ Dime
  • Storyteller Nothando Zulu
  • Performance of the play “The Trial of Willie Lynch the 5th and His Ancestors”

Youth activities range from a bungee trampoline and bounce house to a bike rodeo (kids should bring their bikes and helmets), double Dutch and much more.

More than three dozen vendors include eight food stands offering African fusion, collard green wraps, bean pies, ribs, tamales, tacos, hot dogs, ice cream and mini donuts.

Don’t miss this family-friendly celebration!  

About Juneteenth

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It is one of two freedom celebrations held throughout the United States; the Fourth of July is the other.

Juneteenth Sponsors & Donors

The event organizers – Juneteenth Celebrating Freedom Day Legacy Committee, MPRB, Phyllis Wheatley and People of Color Union Members (P.O.C.U.M.) – thank our sponsors and donors for their support:


MN Council on African Heritage
City of Minneapolis
Insight News
North News


Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO
Teamsters Local Union NO. 120

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.

Sign up for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program newsletter at www.minneapolismn.gov/coordinator/arts.

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

Minneapolis Parks Tree-planting update: Beauty, blight, and building a better urban forest


How – and why – a veritable rainbow of tree types
has developed along Minneapolis streets.

elm tree in neighborhood

A lone elm at Spring and Quincy streets in Northeast Minneapolis in 1976 (image courtesy Hennpin County Library)

Magnificent monoculture: the reign of the elm

Did you know that elms once counted for more than nine of 10 street trees in the Twin Cities? It’s easy to understand elm appeal: streets lined with these trees, their branches arched high overhead, have been compared to cathedrals: sun-dappled green in summer; snow-frosted in winter.

Elms also offered considerable environmental benefits by virtue of their sheer size, a situation that became all too apparent in the aftermath of Dutch elm disease (DED). More than 400,000 elms resided in Minneapolis in 1963, when the first of them succumbed to the disease; more than half of those were public trees. The almost-total devastation unfolded over a couple of decades: In 1977 alone, some 31,475 public elms were tagged for removal because of DED.

1978 plan cover




Designed diversity: the Minneapolis Boulevard Reforestation Plan

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), historic steward of the city’s street trees, was planting replacement trees by 1970. Its 1978 Minneapolis Boulevard Reforestation Plan provided neighborhood-based designs with several dozen tree types (species and cultivars) to replace lost elms. As most neighborhoods offered a virtually blank slate, the plan preserved the elm era’s consistent design aesthetic: A single type lined stretches of a neighborhood for five, 10 or even 15 blocks. Various types of ash, linden, honeylocust and maple tree categories (or genera) were the most popular, together making up over 70% of the street trees in the plan.

This system of “designed diversity” carried Minneapolis into the 21st century, long enough for these trees to reach maturity. In 2009, the emerald ash borer (EAB) arrived in St. Paul, just seven years after its discovery in Michigan. EAB has caused far less devastation than DED (which took some four decades to reach the Twin Cities); still, the rapid infestation helped prompt a whole new approach tobuilding a better urban forest.

2004 - 2018 tree diversity

Prescribed diversity: the right tree for the right spot

MPRB’s current street-tree diversity guidelines differ dramatically from its 1978 reforestation plan. Thanks to the digital revolution, GIS mapping, advancements in urban forestry and its own ongoing trials, MPRB “prescribes” diversity based on a wide range of measurements, data and science-based decisions.

In addition to increasing the tree canopy by planting the largest-maturing trees possible, the guidelines aim to develop diversity on three levels:

Citywide: The next generational leap in diversity means selecting hundreds of tree types from dozens of categories: oak, elm, locust, linden and more. Besides making for more colorful tree category charts, this wider range creates resilience against the next disease or invasive pest that may target a whole category.

Neighborhood: Ten percent is the neighborhood limit for any tree category. This means for the most part that MPRB is not planting maples, which make up 30% of the trees in some areas. On the flip side, look for more coffeetrees, catalpas, birch and other categories that have less than a 10% presence in any given neighborhood. (Many of 2018’s most-planted species were profiled in the last tree-planting update.)

Block-by-block: At least three to five different tree categories are prescribed for an individual city block, which prevents a disease or pest from totally wiping out a large swath of trees.

The bright side of blight: We might mourn those areas that lost stretches of exclusive, mature ash trees from the late ‘70s and ‘80s – just as the giant elms that preceded them were mourned by previous generations. But looking on the bright side, these places are also at the forefront of MPRB’s efforts to develop a healthy urban forest for the next century.

Next update: Reporting on 2018’s new trees

For the season’s final update, we’ll share figures related to the trees planted and examples of places where the new, resilient urban forest is taking hold.

In the meantime:

Space still available for the FREE Jeff Robinson/MN Vikings football camp!

Week-long camp runs June 18-June 22

Spots are still available for the free Jeff Robinson/Minnesota Vikings football camp!

Vikings Scout Jeff Robinson and local high school and college coaches teach non-contact drills covering throwing, catching, footwork and 7-on-7 skills. Details:

Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22
Parade Stadium
Ages 8-13: 8:30-10:30 am
Ages 14-18: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Camp is completely free, including a meal each day and t-shirt for all participants. Click the link below to register:

Football Camp Registration

Ward 1 June Newsletter

Meet with Your Council Member

Contact the Ward Office at 612-673-2201 or kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov to set up an appointment. You can also meet with Kevin at one of his monthly constituent meet & greets. Here’s the June schedule:

Thursday, June 7, 8 – 9 a.m., Diamonds Coffee, 1618 Central Avenue NE

Wednesday, June 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Bauhaus  Brew Lab, 1315 Tyler Street NE

Ward 1 Community Forum: Minneapolis’ Comprehensive Plan

All municipalities in the Twin Cities are required to provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated Comprehensive Plan every ten years. Toward that end, the City of Minneapolis has been working on an update to the Minneapolis Plan for the past two years. We now have a draft Comprehensive Plan – Minneapolis 2040 – that envisions how the city will grow and change. The draft covers such topics as the built environment, job access, housing, and transportation connections. Council Member Reich will be hosting a Ward One forum to present highlights of the plan and offer another opportunity for community members to participate in the citizen engagement process, ask questions and offer input.

Thursday, June 14, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE

Your City, Your Streets: 2017 Public Works Progress Report

The Public Works 2017 progress report presented at the May 15 Transportation & Public Works Committee meeting provided details on the City’s investment in its street network. Last year the City completed 25 miles of street resurfacing, 5 miles of concrete street rehabilitation and 5 miles of street reconstruction. These numbers include the 18th Avenue NE project which is reconstructing the street and adding a bike/pedestrian path and enhanced ADA infrastructure, as well as the first-of-its-kind concrete rehabilitation project in the Waite Park Neighborhood.

Other highlights included infrastructure improvements to increase the pedestrian safety and walkability of our city:

  • 12 miles of improved pedestrian realm, including sidewalks & boulevards
  • 3700 parallel crosswalks converted to more visible zebra crosswalks
  • 388 pedestrian ramps installed
  • 160 curb extensions constructed

Bicycle infrastructure also saw expansions and improvements:

  • 14.5 miles of new bicycle facilities installed
  • 7.4 miles of on-street bicycle lanes
  • 4.5 miles of protected bicycle lanes
  • 2.4 miles of bicycle boulevards

To read the full presentation, visithttp://lims.minneapolismn.gov/Download/RCA/4786/–2017%20Report%20Card_TPW.pdf.

Washington St NE Bumpouts

NE Arts District Forum: Tuesday, June 12

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Ritz Theater will host a forum with elected officials on Tuesday, June 12. This forum is a follow up to last fall’s forum and will feature a panel that includes Council Members Kevin Reich and Steve Fletcher and Mayor Jacob Frey. As part of the forum, the Northeast Arts District and the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce will present the data from the recent survey of artists in the arts community. The survey was intended to provide a snapshot of the arts community and how it interacts with the larger Northeast community. All are invited to attend:

Tuesday, June 12, Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE

Door open at 6 p.m., forum starts at 6:30 p.m.

An after party at Rogue Buddha Gallery next door begins immediately following the conclusion of the one hour forum.

Volunteer to Help Seniors with Outdoor Chores

Looking for a group activity for your family, organization or business? Senior Community Services’ HOME Program is looking for group volunteers to help seniors with outdoor chores. Have fun and build team spirit while helping older adults in your own community stay in their homes. For more information, contact Cat at c.beringer@seniorcommunity.org or call 952-767-7894.

Upcoming events in Minneapolis Parks: June 1-17

Wednesday, June 6

Ice Cream Social

Free I All Ages

Fuller Park | 5:30-7:30 pm
No regsitration required. More Info

Wednesday, June 6

Family Futsal Night

Free I All Ages
Whittier Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 8

National Get Outdoors Day

Free I All Ages

Powderhorn Park | 4-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 8

Ice Cream Social/Movie in the Park

Free I All Ages

Keewaydin Park | Social 6-8:30 pm / Movie “Wonder” begins at dusk
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, June 9

Loring Park Music Festival

Free | All Ages
Loring Park | 1-8 pm

No registration required. More Info

Tuesday, June 12

Summer Concert Series Kickoff Celebration

Free | All Ages

Bryant Square Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Wednesday, June 13

Ice Cream Social

Free | All Ages

Sibley Park | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 15

End of School Carnival

Free | All Ages

Corcoran Park | 4-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Friday, June 15

Summer Kick-Off

Free | All Ages

Lyndale Farmstead Park | 6:30-8:30 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, June 16


Free | All Ages

Bethune Park | 11 am-6 pm
No registration required. More Info

Saturday, June 16

Jammin’ at Northeast-Monthly Dances

Free | Adults

Northeast Recreation Center | 6-8 pm
No registration required. More Info

Sunday, June 17

Greenway’s Gridiron Gallop

$30 Adults, $10 Kids | All Ages

Lake Nokomis Park | 7:30-11:30 am
Register for 5K Run/Walk. Register for Kids Run.
More Info

Other Events

These events are not affiliated with the Minneapolis Park Board but take place in our parks. To find information about these events, visit the host organization’s website.

Saturday, June 9

Rollin’ Along the River

North Mississippi River | 9 am

Saturday, June 9

Walk/Run for Life

Lake Nokomis | 8 am

Sunday, June 10

Lourdes Outdoor Mass

Father Hennepin Park | 11 am

Thursday, June 14

Live on the Drive

Victory Memorial Drive | 6 pm

Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17

Stone Arch Festival of the Arts

Stone Arch Bridge/Father Hennepin Park | 11 am

Saturday, June 16

Minnesota Sprints (Junior Rowing)

Lake Nokomis | 8 am

Saturday, June 16

Kids Fest

Lake Harriet Band Shell | 10 am

Saturday, June 16

Rock the Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | 1 pm

Saturday, June 16

Driftwomen Performance

Cedar Lake Point | 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 17

Ugly Tie 5K

Stone Arch Bridge/West River Parkway | 9:15 am

AUDITION for the Wizard of Oz!


Photo of Oz, includes the yellow brick road, city of OZ, and a rainbow


We invite you to AUDITION (or join the orchestra orcrew) for Minneapolis Community Education’s “The Wizard of Oz!

Open to students entering 11th grade and older, college students and adults of all ages. Children K-5 can also participate in the Munchkin Chorus. Click here for more info about the Munchkin chorus.

“This is not your grandmother’s Wizard of Oz! Step off the 1939 MGM studio lot and join us as we travel the yellow brick road through a dystopian adventure of Orwellian proportions.”

  • Audition Tues, May 29 or Wed, May 30 from 5-8:15 pm
  • Callbacks Thurs, May 31 from 6-9 pm

Meet at Justice Page Middle School, 1 West 49th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419.Please prepare a short song to sing without accompaniment. Be prepared to move and do a cold reading. Rehearsals are Mon-Thurs, 6-9pm at Justice Page. More information available here.

Performances are held at Southwest High School’s Auditorium

July 13, 14, 18, 19, 20 & 21 at 7:00 pm and July 15 & 21at 2:00 pm. Tickets available here beginning June 1.

Please call (612) 668-3100. Please also help spread the word by posting or sharing this flyer. Thank you!


New wading pool and roof coming to Logan Park and Recreation Center

Logan pool concept plan
Concept plan for Logan Park’s new wading pool


Construction starts this summer!

At its May 16 meeting, the The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) approved the contract to replace the wading pool at Logan Park. Timing for the construction phase of this project allows the pool to be open for most of the summer: Work is scheduled to begin onMonday, July 30, and the new pool is expected to be complete in time for next summer’s opening.

As previously planned, the project includes a mechanical building that will be constructed near the pool. This option was selected over replacing equipment in the current mechanical room inside the recreation center, which would have damaged a large elm tree valued by the community. In addition, the Logan Park Neighborhood Association has generously donated funds to add water features to the new pool.

The second project, replacement of the recreation center’s roof, is currently in its bidding phase. Construction will begin once a contractor has been approved; on-site replacement work is expected to begin in early August, with completion projected for late October.

Stay tuned for updates as both projects proceed. And thank you for your patience while we work to improve Minneapolis parks and recreation centers.

Every neighborhood deserves a great park.

The roof replacement project includes funding from NPP20, a historic agreement between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the City of Minneapolis. It helps address racial and economic equity across 160 neighborhood parks and provides $11 million annually to maintain, repair and replace facilities.

Grace Center needs volunteers on SUNDAY, May 20th for the Return of SHOEBOX CITY!

Grace Center needs volunteers on SUNDAY, May 20th  for the Return of SHOEBOX CITY!! This was a very successful event last year. Families build magnificent cardboard cities and sculptures for our onsite exhibit, free of charge. Last year hundreds of people participated.

Volunteer Opportunities:

WELCOMERS: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. You can sit at sign-in table; you’ll welcome families (ask them to sign in, offer a photo release form, direct them to the build area.)
BUILD HELPERS: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. Help kids and families think about what they want to make. Monitor supplies. Cut cardboard as needed. Help folks get their finished building placed in our “city!”
PHOTOGRAPHER: SHIFTS OF ONE HOUR OR MORE BETWEEN NOON AND 5PM. Take pictures at the photo booth, where kids bring their final creations. Camera provided.
CLEAN-UP (5 TO 6PM): Help us clean up the space and put away supplies, assist builders who are coming in to pick up finished work they may have left earlier.
1500 6th St NE, Mpls 55413.