July 2016

Welcome to In the D istrict: news from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. 

Northeast P.E.E.P.s
(People, Events, Exhibits, Places)

Creative Sustainability: The Next Step
It's Your Move 

Say the word "Gentrification" and you'll get various reactions, from passive acceptance, to rebellious anger, to dollar signs. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District (NEMplsArtsDist) is at the tipping point, and we need to take action now.

Over 100 residents, artists, and community leaders gathered at Solar Arts by Chowgirls on June 6 for the NEMplsArtsDist Board of Directors public hearing on Creative Sustainability. Informative-and at times lively-discussion yielded a number of critical issues.
How can we pull together to support and sustain our creative community?
Several key strategies surfaced during the forum, including:
  • establish zoning laws and tax incentives for affordable live/work spaces for artists and flex spaces for larger short term projects
  • establish a community art center
  • raise the bar on artistic quality through education, public recognition, and increased exhibition and performance opportunities
  • create a marketing strategy for NE Minneapolis and the Arts District to attract more affordable housing, businesses and consumers to the area
  • create a gallery owners' network to improve marketing to potential clients, particularly the higher net worth art collectors 
Casket Arts Building
Casket Arts Building
WHAT'S NEXT? We encourage everyone committed to defining the needs of our creative culture and sustaining the vitality of the Arts District to form working groups now and develop a plan of action. Send your ideas and comments to 
info@northeastminneapolisartsdistrict.org  by August 10. The Board of Directors will review proposals and publish a report on the next steps forward.

NEMplsArtsDist Resources:
Contact community leaders :
Jacob Frey , Minneapolis City Council Member, Ward 3: 
612-673-2203    jacob.frey@minneapolismn.gov
Kevin Reich , Minneapolis City Council Member, Ward 1:
Diane Loeffler , State Representative, District 60A: 
651-296-4219   rep.diane.loeffler@house.mn
Gulgun Kayim , Director, Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Minneapolis City Coordinator's Office, 
612-673-2488   gulgun.kayim@minneapolismn.gov  
Brandon Hallstrand, NorthEast Investment Cooperative (NEIC): 612-562-6342   

--The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District Board of Directors

The NEMplsArtsDist Board of Directors wishes to thank the many community members in attendance for their contributions to the discussion on Creative Sustainability in the Arts District. 

Arts District Progress
By Josh Blanc

Image courtesy of Fly Over Films
Last month's Creative Sustainability forum was an exercise in progress for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. One of the biggest jobs that any successful artist, business, or organization has to perform is to plan for the future. To do achieve progress, we need to discuss our ideas and set goals. We need to work together to achieve our objectives. 

Twenty five years ago artists were forced out of the downtown studio buildings because of reassigned development. When these displaced artists moved to NE Minneapolis, many were committed to create a more resilient arts community. Artists and community leaders joined forces to initiate The Arts Action Plan.
Aldo Moroni -Image courtesy of  Fly Over Films
Aldo Moroni -Image courtesy of Fly Over Films
Over the last two decades we have fulfilled many of our goals and have achieved some pretty impressive accomplishments. Art-A-Whirl has evolved into one of the most well-known art events in the Twin Cities and beyond. First Thursdays, Art Attack, and the Fall Fine Arts Show all bring recognition and income to our community. The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is the first officially designated Arts District. We have survived and thrived from a handful of artists to over 600 artists, crafts people and creative entrepreneurs working and living in the NE community. 

We must not take these accomplishments for granted. These hard-won achievements are a big part of why we are still here. The Creative Sustainability forum is a continuation of our need to gather and discuss the challenges of the day. We know we can succeed. We have the evidence that when we work together on art community projects, we all grow stronger and better together.

We encourage artists and community members to strike up conversations to find out what makes us tick. Join the discussion and send us your feedback.   

Three Main Goals 
of  Arts District Planning

1. Continue to discuss who we are as a community. 
2. Continue to define the v ision of the next 10 to 15 years, in order to drive the decision making.
3. Start a framework on how we can finance the goals of the district. This goal is only possible to discuss if the other two goals can be met.
Recent studies to consider reading: 
5.   Take the survey for the  CREATIVE MINNESOTA
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