NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | First “State of the Arts District Forum” on April 12

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Clearly art is in the air in Northeast – after all, we are in the pre-Art-a-Whirl season, with artists in their studios throughout the neighborhood, working long hours to create works of art they hope to share with eager visitors when Art-a-Whirl blossoms throughout the Northeast community during – and after –the May 18-20 extravaganza.

So it’s appropriate that the first “State of the Arts District Forum” meets on Thursday, April 12, 6-8 p.m. at Chowgirls’ Parlor, 1222 2nd Street NE.

The agenda for the Forum is a mix of topics designed to generate discussion. Focus is on what’s been developing in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and how the community can leverage growing strength of the Arts District.

There will be a conversation with Clay Squared to Infinity owners Josh Blanc and Layl McDill about their downtown holiday “pop up shop” as well talk of possible opportunities for arts development that may lie within vacant storefronts in Northeast and elsewhere, discussion of tourism and the arts and open exploration of participants’ ideas for leveraging the arts in Northeast Minneapolis.

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