DMNA July 16 Board Meeting is Cancelled

The DMNA Board meeting scheduled for July 16, is cancelled.  The next meeting will take place on Monday, August 20, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

DMNA 2018 Community Engagement Survey now available

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association is seeking input from people who live, work or own property in the Downtown East and Downtown West neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

In line with our mission to promote the common good and general welfare of the residents, property owners, businesses, and employees of Downtown Minneapolis, we are looking to you – the people we serve – for your ideas on how to prioritize our outreach strategies and community engagement activities to maximize resources.

The goal of this survey is to find out what YOU THINK makes a successful and livable community, as well as to find out what the best method is to communicate with you and to get you involved in our neighborhood organization.

We intend to collect responses and present the results at our Annual Meeting.  We will use the responses to chart our direction for 2019 and beyond.

Thank you for taking this survey!  We appreciate your input! Follow the link below to get started.  If you have any questions, or if you would like a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, please send an email to Please share the survey with your neighbors, downtown friends and co-workers.

DMNA Community Engagement Survey via SurveyMonkey

DMNA Community Engagement Survey – PDF copy to print – please submit via mail to:

40 S. 7th Street
Suite 212, PMB 172
Minneapolis, MN 55402

DMNA Land Use Committee meets on July 10

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is on Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.

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Learn the ins and outs of doing business with the City on July 26, at Gandhi Mahal

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Opening Reception Wednesday, July 18, 5:00-8:00PM
Exhibition dates July 18 – September 30, 2018
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The Mill Yard presents a new show, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” showcasing local artists.   Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” is an upbeat, humorous and inspirational ode to life and the places it takes us. For many, these ‘places’ are geographical locations. For some, these ‘places’ are not physical at all. Rather, they may be social, emotional, spiritual ‘rooms’ to which we retreat to rest and relax, ponder, ask questions or be inspired.  We invite you to come, be inspired, prodded, reminded, and encouraged just as Dr. Seuss encourages and inspires us in his book.

Jim Dryden (Painting and Sculpture)

Margaret Grill (Mixed Media Painting)

Kevin Peters (Painting)

Jane Weiss (Painting)

Sara Zhang (Pastels)

Opening reception only: Tia Keo (Jewelry)

At The Mill Yard opening reception our local chef Jessi Peine’s food truck, Peeps Hot Box, will be parked out front selling world street foods inspired by seasonal ingredients. Andrew Zimmern of Food Network said, “Peeps Hot Box is one of the best food trucks I’ve ever eaten at anywhere in the country.” All attendees will receive an Izzy Buck to help satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, the Misfits Coffee truck will be here too!




The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts

The Mill City. Residents celebrate our area’s industrial heritage of the mighty Mississippi River and the mills. Today, what we see are the most recognizable Minneapolis landmarks. However, this is only part of the story. Rail lines were key to Minneapolis’ growth, and were particularly integral to the Mill District, bringing in wheat and timber and shipping out flour and lumber. We also honor the history of the mills, the reason for the rail yard’s existence.  The Mill Yard aims to be both a gathering place for art and artists and a conduit by which art can be shared with and disseminated into the wider community.

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts thanks Luke Kleckner, Condo Development and Sales, for his generous sponsorship.

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Jim Dryden

Jim Dryden, a native of North Dakota, is a painter and sculptor. His work frequently deals with themes of partnership, connectedness and intimacy. He is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, a founding member of Form + Content Gallery, and a member artist of Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.

The pieces Jim has selected for The Mill Yard are specifically about time and place.

“From the autobiographical series Love|Hate, these paintings represent a timeline of the places I come from, have been to, and hope to go. A farm in North Dakota, a white, clapboard, country church, a pink sand beach on Lake Superior, a secluded fish pond, a new home still in the dream stages. These are the times and places that connect me to my past, future, family, and community.”

Jim’s art is represented in numerous collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of Minnesota Tretter Collection, Walker Art Center, the Weisman Art Museum.

Web site:


Instagram:  jimdryden

Twitter:  @jimdryden

Margaret Grill

Margaret Grill is a visual artist inspired by place, a sense of home, and landscape. She has worked as a visual artist for more than 10 years and exhibited with a diverse group of galleries and venues. In her own words she is

inspired by process, specifically the fluid, flexible, and messy process of painting. My initial inspiration is worked out through a repetitive progression of drawing, collage, and washes using water-soluble oils. Layering media allows me to illustrate complex ideas into a visual language. This process is then evident in my finished work, as the layers of paint appear in varying degrees of transparency, an effect that speaks to passing time, flux, and my hand as an artist. As a painter, I capture the change I see in the landscape, as I feel it allows me to better understand my place in the world. Change can be beautiful, exciting, unexpected and disconcerting.”

She has selected art for The Mill Yard with the hope it inspires viewers to observe their own landscapes and ask questions about the changes they see.

Web site:

Instagram: @mgrillpainting

Twitte:  @mgrillpainting

Kevin Peters

Kevin Peters Fine Art was born out of the conclusion that adding beauty to this world is indeed a worthwhile, venerable pursuit. Kevin began as a hobbyist landscape painter while living in southern Cambodia, but capturing what the eye sees and putting it on canvas quickly began to lose his interest. He wanted to begin “painting things not of this world…deeper things…things of the heart, soul, and, mind”. This desire, along with months of self-study, gave birth to Kevin’s signature abstract painting style. The Minneapolis-based artist has selected pieces for The Mill Yard that are created to represent the essence of the innermost “happy place,” sometimes called the soul.

“My hope is that each of these pieces fills you with a sense of tranquility and happiness, reminding you to take the time to go to your happy place… which may not be a literal place at all!”


Jane Weis

Jane Weis began her 25-year painting career with watercolor, then acrylic, and now oil and pastel. She has engaged in a range of artistic mediums including woodcut printing, designing and building furniture, cabinetmaking and museum archival framing. She considers herself a Midwestern regional artist and says, “much of my art is born from my affection for the rolling hills and deciduous trees of the Midwest.”  Jane loves to travel for the excitement of new food, people, enormous cities, small towns, landscapes, vineyards and nature. And, “I love to come home.  To feel the peace and familiarity of coming home brings a unique joy to me.” The pieces she has selected for The Mill Yard are paintings and pastels of her rural landscapes, farmscapes, and sky paintings from Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado and Maine. “All beautiful places.”

Web site:


Sara Zhang

‘By day,’ Sara Zhang is a NASA scientist in Washington, DC; however, she has been drawing and painting since she was a teenager in Shanghai, China, where she was born and raised.  Sara is primarily a self-taught artist, but travels the world for business and pleasure to study the work of ‘masters.’ With a trained mind and eye she analyzes what makes a work of art truly great, and then launches into the hard work of honing her creative skills.  Soft pastel is Sara’s preferred medium because it gives her the flexibility to express the fleeting moments she finds in everyday life.  The pieces specifically painted for The Mill Yard “Oh the Places You’ll Go” exhibit are of everyday kitchen scenes.

“I don’t think I am alone in feeling the kitchen is a favored room at home… In these little vignettes, I hope to evoke memories of tastes, smells, sounds, conversations and more; memories of when we connected with each other; memories of laughter and love.”


Tia Keo

Tia Keo has spent much of her life exploring the intersections of art, craft, design and architecture. Growing-up with architect father, David Salmela, meant she developed an artistic approach to engaging with the world from a young age. After graduating with a degree in architecture, she and her husband co-founded Silvercocoon as a means to work on creative projects across disciplines. Several years later she launched her laser cut jewelry collection under the Silvercocoon label with a solo-trunk show in the Walker Art Center shop. In 2017 she received a MN State Arts Board Grant to help her expand her jewelry practice into metal. The grant became a catalyst for creating new metal jewelry, expanding into metal sculpture, and for developing a daily watercolor practice that has exceeded 400 days. A solo exhibition “Three Sixty Five” will feature all the work she generated across disciplines in the span of a year at the American Swedish Institute from June 30 to August 5, 2018.

Web sites:  &

Facebook:   @silvercocoon  &

Instagram:   @silvercocoon   &

Twitter:   @silvercocoon


First Covenant Shelter seeks volunteers to help serve meals

Since 2010, First Covenant Church has been pleased to host a 50-bed emergency homeless shelter in partnership with Hennepin County and, most recently, St. Stephen’s Human Services. This year, we’ve shifted from a 6-month, winter overflow shelter to a year-round operation, giving priority to adult women experiencing homelessness. Our partnership with St. Stephens has also brought significantly more client resources to the space. We are excited for all of the ways that these changes have better served our guests in attaining their goals of finding sustainable permanent housing!
That said, the shift from 6-month to year-round operations requires greater community engagement to provide basic hospitality for our guests, particularly in regard to our evening meals. We are looking for individuals and groups (4-6 people) to help fill the gap as we enter our first summer of operation.  Would you consider gathering a few friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers to purchase, prepare and serve a meal at the First Covenant Shelter? Here’s how you can help:
  • Gather a small group (4-8 people) to serve
  • Choose an open date from our online calendar at  
  • Contact our Shelter Volunteer Coordinator to schedule your meal (see below)  
  • Plan a meal and purchase the food for 50 shelter guests
  • Prepare the meal either at home or on-site at First Covenant
  • Serve and clean up after the meal – Approximate time frame is 5:30-7:45pm, dinner served at 6:30pm
For more information or to sign up for a meal, contact our Shelter Volunteer Coordinator at

DMNA – NLNA Washington Avenue Cleanup on June 30

Please join the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and the North Loop Neighborhood Association for a cleanup day on Saturday, June 30.  Please meet at the Whole Foods on Hennepin Avenue at 10 a.m. to pick up gloves and garbage bags.  The primary focus of the cleanup will be Washington Avenue.  North Loop residents will go north along Washington Avenue, and DMNA residents will go southeast towards I-35W.

DMNA Board Meeting on June 18, at the Mill City Museum – 1st Precinct Inspector Frizell to attend

The next DMNA Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum in the ADM Room.  Minneapolis Police Department 1st Precinct Inspector Eddie Frizell will be at this month’s meeting and will provide an update on the great improvements to crime and safety in the downtown community.

Agenda – REVISED#3
Minutes from the May 21, Board meeting
June 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
May Financial Report
May Finance Coordinator / Neighborhood Coordinator Staff Report
DMNA letter of support for Sherman Associates Concept Plan for 7th and Portland Mixed Use – REVISED
DMNA letter of support for the conversion of the Erik the Red billboards to Digital signs
DMNA letter of support for the Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction project – REVISED

DMNA Board Meeting on May 21, at YouthLink

The next DMNA Board meeting is on May 21, at 5:45 p.m., at the newly renovated YouthLink.

Agenda – REVISED
Minutes from the April 16, Board meeting
May 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
April Financial Report
2017 CPP Annual Report – PDF
2017 CPP Annual Report – Survey Monkey copy
Neighborhoods 2020 Work Group Overview and Application
Letter of Support for Thrivent Corporate Headquarters Project and associated land use applications
Letter of Support for Alatus’ 228 S. 12th Street
Letter of Support for the new consolidated City office building
Letter of Support for MPRB Parkland Dedication Funds for use at Water Works Park
Letter of Support for Gray Fox Coffee and Wine
Letter of Support for the Salvation Army’s Emergency Solutions Grant
DMNA letter of support for Sherman Associates Concept Plan for 517 S. 6th Street
Summary of Mill District Traffic Meeting prepared by CM Fletcher’s Office

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on June 5, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is coming up on June 5, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.