Minneapolis Connects – October 2015

Attend NCR’s Open House – Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day and much more!

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

October 2015

SAVE THE DATE – NCR Open House Nov. 5

The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department is pleased to invite you to the NCR department Open House onThursday, November 5th from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the NCR offices (105 Fifth Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55401). There will be a short program at 4:30p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

At the Open House, you will be able to:

  • Review the latest draft of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement
  • Connect with other neighborhood and cultural leaders
  • Share your ideas with NCR staff, other City staff members, and NCEC Commissioners
  •  Visit interactive stations highlighting the work of neighborhoods, cultural communities and the City;
  • Learn about additional opportunities to get involved; and
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of NCR partners!

The Neighborhood and Community Relations department strives for equitable access and the opportunity for equal input by addressing and removing barriers to civic participation and meaningful engagement. We connect the community to the City and the City to the community.. We hope you will join us.

Please kindly RSVP your attendance to ncr@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-3737.

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 12

Join the City of Minneapolis and American Indian Community in celebrating Indigenous People’s Day on Monday, October 12th. Since 2014, the City recognizes the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, marking and celebrating the significance of the American Indian and Indigenous community in Minneapolis, as well as the city’s history of American Indian activism. Along with the federal government, for many years Minneapolis recognized the day as Columbus Day.

City sponsored events include:

Sunrise ceremony
7:15 a.m.
Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun, 3700 Thomas Ave. S.

Red Shawl Round Dance
9:00 a.m.
American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Brunch catered by Powwow Grounds
9:30 a.m.
American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Panel discussion
Moderator: Deanna Standing Cloud
Panelists: Sharon Day and Robert Desjarlait
10 a.m.
American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

The Indigenous People’s Day Hip Hop Show
5-8:30 p.m.
Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis

Learn more about the work of the American Indian Community in Minneapolis.

Another year of the Southeast Asian Soccer Connection


Photo Credit: Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association (HAMAA)

On Sunday, September 13th members of the Southeast Asian community gathered for a soccer tournament at Farview Park.  This tournament served to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the presence of the Southeast Asian community in the metro area and also to promote civic engagement and build a trusted relationship between the community and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Several government departments and community organizations offered information about their programs and services.  It was a day of fun for people to get to know one another and build relationship.  “There have been many meetings between the City of Minneapolis and our Southeast Asian community for many years, finally this event marked the first thing that actually happened to build a trusted relationship between our Southeast Asian community in the City, especially in North Minneapolis, and the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board”, Dr. Xailong Yang, Executive Director of Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association.

This event was a partnership between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department and the Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association.

Neighborhood Stories: West Bank Block Party


Photo Credit: West Bank Community Coalition

On September 12th, the West Bank Community Coalition hosted the inaugural West Bank Block Party, a celebration of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and its residents. With over eleven hundred residents in attendance throughout the day, the Block Party was filled with great entertainment, important resources, and active engagement on the future of their neighborhood.

The main goal of the Block Party was to connect residents with resources from the city of Minneapolis and community organizations working in the neighborhood and more than 50 representatives staffed the Resource Area. Residents were also able to participate in all kinds of interactive engagement activities around neighborhood assets, pedestrian safety, parks and other neighborhood issues. With a packed crowd in the Dania Hall lot, the entertainment reflected the unique identity of the West Bank and varied from storytelling, poetry, traditional dancing and singing, hip hop, and folk. With an emotional and proud crowd, Council member Warsame unveiled the new historic commemorative street names Oromo Street, Somali Street, and Taleex Avenue.

“Our goal was to bring our neighborhood together, celebrate with one another, and continue working together to improve our neighborhood,” AJ Siddiqui, Board Chair of the West Bank Community Coalition. “I think we succeeded and I am looking forward to making this an annual tradition.”

More information and photos can be found at westbankcc.org/blockpartyrecap.

Blueprint for Equitable Engagement next steps

The Neighborhoods and Community Relations staff will be doing outreach in the month of October regarding the newly revised Blueprint for Equitable Engagement.  There will be a South Side community meeting on October 24thfrom 10am to noon and a North Side community meeting on October 26th from6pm to 8pm (Locations TBD).  Outreach to underrepresented groups will be done throughout the month as well in culturally appropriate formats.  The newly revised document will be ready by Friday, October 16th.

Thank you to everyone who helped us revise this document and make it a working five year plan for our department, more information with finalized details will be available shortly.

Next NCR Learning Lab set for Oct. 29

NCR is pleased to announce that the October learning Lab will be held onThursday, October 29, 6:00-7:30pm at All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue. This aim of this learning lab is to discuss strategies to increase neighborhood involvement among American Indian and African American residents. Leaders from these communities will co-lead the session.

This learning lab is a collaboration between NCR’s Neighborhoods and Access & Outreach Teams in an effort to support neighborhood  organization outreach efforts. Space is limited, so please RSVP to NCR@minneapolismn.gov with your name and neighborhood or community organization.

Help shape our city— apply for openings on Minneapolis boards and commissions

Applications are now being accepted for a number of open boards and commissions positions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input into administration of services. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City.

Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 23. However, the positions are open until filled. Appointments to board and commissions are made twice a year — in the spring and fall. Visit the City’s website for full details:http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/boards/openings/index.htm

The Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities is seeking applicants to fill vacant seats

The City of Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities is responsible for advising the Mayor and City Council on issues affecting persons with disabilities and on improving life’s opportunities by resolving conflicts involving persons with disabilities.

Please contact the City of Minneapolis Clerks office at 612.673.2216 to request an application or send an e-mail request to openappointments@minneapolismn.gov.

Participate in the American’s with Disabilities Act Perception Survey

The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is in the process of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) evaluation of City programs and services. As part of the evaluation, the department is conducting a survey of how people perceive City services as they relate to accessibility and ADA compliance. The results of the survey will be part of the overall evaluation.

The survey is open to people with disabilities or advocates who live, work and visit the City of Minneapolis. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, October 23rd.

ADA Survey Link

Whittier Alliance Seeks Executive Director


The Whittier Alliance neighborhood organization is seeking qualified candidates to serve as their organizations Executive Director. A full job description and details can be found by visiting: http://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/job-details?id=104223. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 12th.

Metro CERT Seed Grants – apply now before October 26thdeadline!

Have a community clean energy project idea but need a little financial help for labor costs? Know someone else who does? Most projects have historically received funding for amounts between $1,000 and $5,000.  Read the RFP to learn more about Metro CERT Seed Grants and apply online before the October 26th deadline: http://mncerts.org/rfp

City seeks proposals for the 2016 Façade Improvement Program

The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals from organizations to administer the Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program in commercial corridors, neighborhood commercial nodes, activity centers, and Hiawatha and Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) station areas. The City provides Façade Improvement Matching Grant administration contracts to organizations as an incentive to encourage private investment in and improve the appearance of our neighborhood business districts.

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) issued the 2016 Façade Improvement Program RFP on Friday, September 25, 2015. Proposals are due on Friday, October 30, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Judy Moses at 612-673-5283.

Link to online RFP:


Upcoming Events

October Is

Gay and Lesbian History Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

10/3: Eastside Resource Fair

10/3: Jordan 25th & James Area Autumn Party

10/3: Cinema in the Cemetery: Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages

10/3 & 10/10: Whittier Reopening Nicollet Ave Visioning – Planning Workshops

10/7: A Community Conversation: Connecting with the Spirit of the Lake

10/8: East Phillips Programming Partnership

10/8: Northeast Art Calendar – submission deadline

10/8: Linden Hills Fall Fest

10/8: Seward Energy 101 Workshop

10/8: Bryn Mawr Sip and Stroll

10/10: St. Anthony West Historic Riverfront 5K Run/Walk

10/10: Minneapolis Energy Fair

10/10: Nokomis East Milkweeds for Monarchs Workshop

10/10: Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic

10/10: Sumner Library 100 year anniversary celebration

10/11: CIDNA Fall Festival

10/12: Indigenous People’s Day events

10/16: Nicollet Island Annual Pumpkin Grab

10/17: Shingle Creek Emerald Ash Borer Tree Ribboning

10/17: East Phillips Garden Fall Harvest Party

10/22: Fix-It Tech Event

10/23: Kingfield Annual Community Bon(ding)fire

10/24: Elliot Park Neighborhood Arts Day

10/24: Bancroft Fire Safety Event

10/24: Beltrami SCARE Year 1: Return of the Goat

10/28: The ADA at 25 – A Statewide Employment Dialogue

10/28: Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fundraiser

10/29: Bryn Mawr Harvest Dinner

10/29: NCR Learning Lab: Increasing involvement among American Indian and African American residents

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

Director, David Rubedor
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737

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