COMMUNITY VOICES | Elected officials and residents ride through the rain on Bike to Work Day

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and at least five Minneapolis City Council Members and two Hennepin County Commissioners rode through the rain on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 8. Four rides that started in different parts of the city ended up on the plaza between City Hall and the Hennepin County Government Center for a gathering that included information tents and speeches (at the rotunda in City Hall).

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Love Loring shows off the Loring Park Community

Love Loring, an annual fundraiser organized by the Citizens for a Loring Park Community, featured music, food, a silent auction, and an opportunity for community members to get together and talk about neighborhood issues. The event, held on April 10th at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, was also dedicated to long-time neighborhood volunteer Gary Gliem, who passed away late last year.Here’s a look at the event [above]. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Tenth annual Hotdish Revolution blends old and new Northeast

The best of old and new Northeast came together on April 6th for the tenth annual Hotdish Revolution. Hotdish Revolution, a project of the Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association, is a hotdish competition that raises funds for the neighborhood group while also showing off what makes Northeast Minneapolis such a wonderful combination of residents and businesses.

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Forum highlights project that links artists and city planners

Creative CityMaking is a collaboration between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis that pairs artists with city planners to work on projects in the city’s neighborhoods. At the Creative CityMaking Forum on Saturday, November 23, the four artist/planner teams showcased their work to involve citizens through art in projects along Penn Avenue in north Minneapolis, Dinkytown, Linden Hills, along the proposed Southwest LRT line, and in understanding historic preservation throughout the city. The teams also worked with attendees who were developing other projects at the intersection of art and planning.A Creative CityMaking exhibition is currently on view in the Intermedia Arts gallery, and this video takes a look at the Forum itself. Continue Reading

COMMUNITY VOICES | Bridge dedicated to Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton

Last month, the 3rd Avenue bridge over I-94 was dedicated to Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton at a night event that featured speeches and music. Speakers included current Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and members of Sayles Belton’s staff, family and others. Larry Long wrote a song in honor of Sayles Belton, and performed it with Robert Robinson, J.D. Steele and Tonia Hughes.The bridge on Minneapolis’ Arts Avenue also includes a new public sculpture by artist Janet Lofquist. The ceremonial lighting of the sculpture was part of the event. Here’s a video look at that night. Continue Reading