Community Morale Boosting Event on April 21, at 7 p.m.

Help boost the morale of the downtown community. Step out onto your balconies or patios at 7 p.m. on April 21, to show your appreciation for our neighbors who on the front line of the Coronavirus crisis.

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Other Medical Personnel
  • EMTs
  • Police Officers
  • Firefighters
  • Social Workers
  • Trash Collectors
  • Grocery Store Workers
  • Custodians
  • Postal Workers
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Bus Drivers
  • LRT Train Operators
  • Hotel Workers
  • Airline Employees
  • Farmers
  • Truckers
  • Day Care Providers
  • Teachers and support staff who are working behind the scenes to provide K-12 distance education
  • School lunch workers who are working behind the scenes to create and distribute healthy meals for kids
  • Others who are working to keep our city safe, healthy and our economy on track

Whether it’s clapping, cheering, or ringing a cowbell, these small gestures are a simple thank you for the sacrifices these people are making for the well-being of our city.  This is also an opportunity for us to cheer for ourselves for enduring this pandemic.

Please help spread the word through your residential building. Our hope would be to continue this weekly until the Stay at Home order is lifted. Other Minneapolis neighborhoods have been doing this for several weeks, and others are joining tonight.  Let’s show them how proud and loud we can be!

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts Art Exhibit announces our new winter show!

Opening Reception Sunday, February 23   5:00 – 7:00 PM
Stonebridge Lofts, 1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The new show runs from February 23 – June 1, 2020

Artists featured at this show:

  • Laura Donovan, painter
  • Steve Hemingway, ceramic artist
  • Tim Harding, textile
  • Nancy Yermakoff, painter

Join us at The Mill Yard opening reception for wine, beverages, snacks and beautiful art.  Local popular food truck, Taqueria Victor Hugo, will be out front selling a variety of Mexican cuisine.

MORE INFORMATION:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheMillYardatStonebridgeLofts

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.

Contact us at:

TheMillYard.Stonebridge@gmail.com

ARTIST DETAILS:

Laura Donovan

Laura describes her oil paintings as “suggestive of landscapes in a world just beyond this one. The moods can be dark while the colors vivid and provocative.” Elements in her work are inspired by her surroundings and her travels. A Twin Cities native, her education focused on International Relations at the University of Minnesota but she has pursued art throughout her life.  Her paintings have been displayed around the Twin Cities and she is currently an exhibitor at Gustaf’s Up North Gallery in Lindstrom, MN.

 

Tim Harding

After working in painting and photography Tim became intrigued with the intimacy of fiber/textiles, their textural, tactile richness, the pliable plane, and the inherent grid of the weave, as well as the complex cultural roles of this medium. Inspiration for his work emerges from historical references, world cultures, modern art and artists with a key influence being the profound connection between modern painting and primitive ethnographic artifacts. Tim uses a unique, self-developed physical technique (a complex, free-reverse applique) that creates a compelling interplay of surface and structure. He has received numerous prestigious awards and Tim’s pieces are in museums and corporate collections across the country.

Steve Hemingway

Steve explains the material that best suits his work is clay. “Clay, especially wet clay, allows for sensuous immediacy. The clay responds immediately to your touch and in return you respond back and a dialog is created. It immerses you into the present moment. I find this a wellspring for creative thought and process.”  A native of Flint Michigan, and where he trained as an artist, Steve taught part time which allowed him to develop as an artist. In 1992 Steve moved to Minneapolis and in 1996 moved to Minnetonka where he built another studio and soon after devoted himself full-time to his art.  Steve creates tablets, tiles, vessels and sculpture. Most of his work is Raku fired.

 

Nanci Yermakoff

Nanci’s luminous watercolors majestically radiate color, space and emotion. She currently lives and works in St Paul and has a studio in the Northrup King Building. In addition, she has a studio in north-central Minnesota where the lakes of the north woods inspire her work. Nanci has been a featured artist in American Artist Watercolor magazine as well as Watercolor Artist magazine. She taught watercolor at the Botanical and Zoological Art and Illustration Program at the Como Conservatory in St Paul from 2004-2009.

Wells Fargo WinterSkate Continues through March

Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate is a refrigerated sheet of ice located in Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. It is FREE to skate, and we do have complimentary skates available for use during all warming house hours. The rink is open daily 3-9 pm Monday-Friday, 9 am-9 pm on Saturdays and 10 am-6 pm on Sundays. It is also open 12-9 pm on Minneapolis Public School release days.

Plus, we have great prize opportunities and free activities all winter long! When you’re here, tag “@WellsFargo #MplsWinterSkate” in your social media posts, and you could win 2 tickets to sit in Wells Fargo’s suite at Xcel Energy Center as the Minnesota Wild host the Buffalo Sabres on March 28!

Don’t miss out on fun, FREE activities all winter long, including:

  • Skating lessons with the Figure Skating Club of Mpls: Each Saturday 3-4 pm now through Feb. 29
  • Fitness Skates with music, CorePower Yoga prizes & giveaways: Each Tuesday 3-4 pm now through Feb. 25
  • “The Mighty Ducks” movie skate: January 17, 6-8 pm
  • Silent Disco skates: January 10 & February 7, 6-9 pm
  • And more!

View the full schedule at www.mplsdowntown.com/winterskate

 

DMNA 2019 Annual Meeting was a Success!

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the DMNA Annual Meeting last night. We had well over 60 community members in attendance. Thank you to Mayor Jacob Frey for coming and providing an update on his goals and priorities. Thank you to Mark Andrew for introducing his new job with the Friends of the Lock and Damn. Congratulations to our newly elected board members Laurie Rice, Carletta Sweet and Dianne Walsh. Thank you to outgoing DMNA Board Member Stephan Hill for contributing her time and talents to the board for the past three years. Thank you to outgoing DMNA Board Chair Joe Tamburino for being a tireless advocate of the downtown community. And thank you to Open Book for hosting our event.

DMNA 2019 Annual Meeting PowerPoint


A link to our 2019 Highlights Video is available below.  It includes two wonderful interviews with recipients of DMNA funds from St. Stephen’s Human Services and YouthLink.  A big THANK YOU to Peter Zenner from ZenMation for creating this video and to DMNA Board Member Pam McCrea for coordinating the interviews with St. Stephen’s and YouthLink.


Photos from the 2019 DMNA Annual Meeting

 

Mayor Jacob Frey will speak at the DMNA Annual Meeting on October 28

Mayor Jacob Frey’s Office has notified us that he plans to attend our Annual Meeting coming up on Monday, October 28, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd Floor Performance Hall.  Please plan to attend to hear from him regarding his priorities for 2020.

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/mayor/WCMSP-217963

DMNA Annual Meeting Agenda

The Mill Yard at Stonebridge Lofts Art Exhibit announces our new Autumn show!

Opening Reception Sunday, October 27  5:00 – 7:00PM
Stonebridge Lofts
1120 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis 55415

The new show runs from October 27 – February 5, 2020

Artists featured at the Autumn show:

  • Mary Meuwissen, painter
  • Greg Preslicka, painter
  • Susan Wagner, painter
  • Peter Wong, painter

Join us at The Mill Yard opening reception for an Autumn-inspired cocktail, wine, beverages, snacks and beautiful art.  Local chef Jessi Peine’s popular food truck, Peeps Hot Box, will be out front selling world street foods inspired by seasonal ingredients.

MORE INFORMATION:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheMillYardatStonebridgeLofts

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.

Contact us at:

TheMillYard.Stonebridge@gmail.com

ARTIST DETAILS:

Mary Meuwissen

Inspired by ordinary experiences; recurring shapes such as houses, multiple dwellings, stairways or ladders often appear in Mary’s finished paintings. These shapes and marks evoke thoughts of safety, comfort and a feeling of being grounded. She uses a color palette of bold, unexpected colors to define a sense of energy, joy and surprise. Each finished abstract painting is a culmination of ideas which are defined by marks and playful discovery. Mary believes that each painting tells a story and her goal is that the viewer may find their own story while they look and delve into the nuances of each painting.

CONNECT: www.marymeuwissen.com

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Greg Preslicka

Greg is primarily a plein air painter, which is painting in the field directly from life. His main career has been the commercial side of art, specifically Design & Illustration. He has also spent the last 10 years painting murals in schools, libraries and other public spaces. For Greg, plein air and studio painting offers a much needed break from the client driven work he is often doing for his job. He paints for the love of putting brush to canvas and the challenge of capturing a moment in time. He primarily paints landscapes because he enjoys getting lost in the solitude of nature while painting a scene.

CONNECT: www.preslickastudio.com/fineart

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Susan Wagner

Susan has roots in Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, she moved to NYC for 13 years where she had a successful career in film while studying painting at various ateliers. After returning to Minneapolis, she joined the artist community of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District where she maintains a studio in the Casket Arts Building. Traveling and hiking is essential to Ms. Wagner’s work, taking pictures and making sketches to take back to the studio. Landscapes and structures hold stories – the countryside, rivers and bodies of water, ancient architecture – geometric forms and nature are her guideposts.

CONNECT: www.susanwagnerart.com

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Peter Wong

After four decades as a professional commercial photographer, Peter has in recent years entered the worlds of fine-art and travel photography, working as shooter, teacher and guide. Melding these genres gives Peter the opportunity not only to capture new experiences but also to share his knowledge and advance the skills of other enthusiasts. The results go far beyond travel postcards with images that show real connections with the places visited, and a deep understanding of the hearts of other people.

CONNECT: www.peterwongfineartphotography.com

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DMNA Annual Meeting on October 28, at 6 p.m., at Open Book

The DMNA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd Floor Performance Hall.  Come to the meeting to learn what’s going on downtown with new land uses, public improvements and safety.  In addition, you can participate in our Open Community Forum and suggest and topics or projects that you would like to see the DMNA work on over the next year.

Elections to the Board of Directors will also take place at this meeting.  Anyone who lives, works or owns property in the Downtown East or Downtown West neighborhoods can run for a seat on the board.  If you have an interest in running for the board, please submit your name, address, a brief bio, and a statement explaining why you want to be on the board to info@thedmna.org.

ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

DMNA Land Use Committee will meet on October 1

The DMNA Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 1, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

AGENDA

Volunteer for the Downtown Tree Census

 

It’s almost time for the Fall Tree Census! Green Minneapolis is looking for volunteers who love trees and want to help grow the downtown forest! Join them at one of two Greening Lab kick-off events this September to join the effort.

At the event, volunteers will sign up for for a route to survey trees in neighborhoods across downtown. They will also receive a short training session, tree swag as a thank you for participating, and be entered into a raffle for our tree lover prize pack!

The events will be held Thursday, September 19 at The Commons and Tuesday, September 24 at Peavey Plaza. Both events run from 4:30-6pm, with a presentation at 5pm.

Click here for more information, and RSVP to info@greenminneapolis.org by 9/13 to participate.

Presentation available from the Crime and Safety Public Forum on 8/7/19

Thank you to everyone who attend the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association / North Loop Neighborhood Association Crime and Safety Public Forum at Open Book.  The PowerPoint presentation from that meeting is now available via the link below.

DMNA – NLNA Crime and Safety Public Forum 8/7/2019 Presentation

Thank you to the following people who served as members of the panel and helped in gathering information for the presentation:

MPD Deputy Chief Kathy Waite
MPD First Precinct Inspector Billy Peterson
DID Director of Safety Initiatives Shane Zahn
MPD First Precinct Crime Prevention Specialist Renee Allen
MPRB Chief Jason Ohotto
MPRB Lieutenant Calvin Noble
Assistant City Attorney Matthew Wilcox