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

Photos from NNO at The Commons 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined with us at The Commons last night to celebration 2019 National Night Out.  We are grateful to Green Minneapolis and Izzy’s Ice Cream for partnering with us on this event.

The City of Minneapolis – Office of Emergency Management – invites residents to attend Ready Camp!

Ready Camps are free 2-session, 4-night event training course that educates Minneapolis residents on how to be resilient, prepare for and recover from natural or human-caused disasters when faced with little to no assistance for 72 hours.
The next available session is August 5 and 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Christensen Center upper level 2nd floor – Augsburg Room). It’s a 2-part event so residents are encouraged to attend both days.

The topics that will be covered include: community warning systems, spotting severe weather, creating preparedness kits, evacuating and or sheltering, creating communication plans, preparing your homes, medication and health preparedness, and pet and animal preparedness.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP via the SurveyMonkey link below.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DGZR6S7

DMNA and Green Minneapolis to host National Night Out at The Commons on August 6

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and Green Minneapolis are hosting a neighborhood National Night Out event at The Commons, including a free outdoor movie screening of The Goonies.  This event is presented in partnership with the Freestyle Productions, Inc. and Izzy’s Ice Cream. Other activities include visits from the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments.

The Goonies will air on an LED screen, beginning at 7pm. 1 hour, 54 minutes (PG). Come early to picnic, meet your downtown neighbors, and receive a free scoop of Izzy’s Ice Cream!  The DMNA will also be handing out water bottles.

National Night Out is an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out in the community, holding block parties and getting to know their neighbors as a way to encourage crime prevention. It’s a great way to promote community-police partnerships and enjoy a Minnesota summer evening surrounded by friends and family.

As with many past National Night Outs, Minneapolis has been ranked #1 among all U.S. cities over 250,000 population for many years, and was ranked #2 in 2018. Over 1,600 events were registered in 2018.

This is not a ‘BYO-alcohol’ event.

Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust launch Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival August 15–17

MINNEAPOLIS (July 31, 2019) – The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) and Hennepin Theatre Trust today announced their collaboration on the inaugural Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival, which will take place next month on Hennepin and Nicollet from August 15 through 17.

The Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival brings together artists from the worlds of visual, performing, craft and food arts and unleashes them together for the first time onto the streets of downtown for all to enjoy. This free and accessible festival breaks down barriers between the arts and downtown residents and visitors.  Festival-goers will relish in several arts-centered experiences, including chalk art installations, a short film showcase, several live performances, and an outdoor craft market. Additionally, there will be food and beverage vendors on-site to fuel the fun.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, August 15

Downtown Farmers Market Preview  |  10 am-2 pm
The activities begin with a Minneapolis-Nicollet Farmer’s Market preview on Thursday midday, when celebrated chalk artists Shawn McCann and Kimberly Wood will be near 6th and Nicollet for an impromptu demonstration. Fresh from their participation as one-half of Team USA at the Coloured Earth Festival in the UK, McCann and Wood will show-off their chalk art techniques.

Downtown Street Art Festival Kick-off and Short Film Showcase  |  8:30 pm
The festival officially kicks-off Thursday evening at 8:30 pm on the rooftop at Hennepin Theatre Trust event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue. Catch a free concert from a Street Show competition winner as the sun sets, enjoy a drink from the cash bar, and relax into the evening with a short-film showcase about art in public places.

Friday, August 16

Nicollet Chalk Art Festival  |  9 am-9 pm
The centerpiece of the Downtown Street Art Festival is a two-block-long series of chalk installations by more than 15 local and national chalk artists. Come watch beginning at 9 am as amateur and professional artists begin to transform the sidewalks of Nicollet between 6th and 8th streets with their unique artistic vision in vibrant chalk. Enjoy live Street Show performances and a variety of street games for all ages. Channel your inner artist and contribute to our community mandala in chalk.

3D Chalk Installations  |  9 am-9 pm
Visit one of three special 3D chalk installations in progress, located on the plazas at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Nicollet & Alice Rainville Place), IDS Center (mid-block on Nicollet between 7th and 8th streets) and Hennepin Theatre Trust (900 Hennepin Avenue). See how these artists create these visually arresting artworks using advanced techniques and anamorphic perspective to create the illusion of depth in the artworks.

Live Spray Paint Demos  |  10 am-2 pm
Catch local spray paint artists Sig and the Funky Diabetic as they lay the groundwork for two mural-scale works live #OnNicollet between 7th and 8th streets.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus  |  10 am-2 pm
Join artist Lee Noble #OnNicollet between 6th and 7th streets as he collaborates with local access TV station MTN to explore connections between Minneapolis and Weimar, the city in which the influential art school and cultural movement was founded in 1919. Part of the Bauhaus100 Bonanza Show presented by the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis.

Street Eats on Nicollet  |  10:30 am-2 pm
Enjoy lunch from a selection of food trucks and street vendors #OnNicollet between 6th and 8th streets.

zAmya Zone with the zAmya Theater Project  |  11 am-noon

This community-based theater brings their unique perspective to the street with a live performance on Nicollet at 7th Street that builds understanding and connection between people with and without experience in homelessness.

Malamanya in Concert at the Marq  |  4-7 pm
Enjoy a late afternoon concert on the great lawn at the Parq at the Marq (between 3rd and Washington #OnNicollet) featuring local favorites Malamanya as they welcome the official start of the weekend. Bring Your Own Blanket and Beverage as winners of the Street Show competition warm up the stage before the vintage afro-latin all-stars take over at 4:45 pm. Dinner will be available for purchase from Elevate Food Hall onsite, along with free lawn games for all ages.

Saturday, August 17

Nicollet Chalk Art Festival  |  9 am-9 pm
See the Nicollet sidewalks come alive with color as more than 15 local and national chalk artists put finishing touches on their chalk art installations on the sidewalks of Nicollet between 6th and 8th streets. Enjoy live Street Show performances and a variety of street games for all ages. Channel your inner artist and contribute to our community mandala in chalk.

3D Chalk Installations  |  9 am-9 pm
Visit one of three special 3D chalk installations, located on the plazas at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Nicollet & Alice Rainville Place), IDS Center (mid-block on Nicollet between 7th and 8th streets) and Hennepin Theatre Trust (900 Hennepin Avenue). These visually arresting artworks use advanced techniques and anamorphic perspective to create the illusion of depth in the artworks and make ideal photo opportunities.

Live Spray Paint Demos  |  10 am-8 pm
Local spray paint artists Sig and the Funky Diabetic tag team the finishing touches on their two mural-scale works live #OnNicollet between 7th and 8th streets.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus  |  10 am-4 pm
Join artist Lee Noble #OnNicollet between 6th and 7th streets as he collaborates with local access TV station MTN to explore connections between Minneapolis and Weimar, the city in which the influential art school and cultural movement was founded in 1919. Part of the Bauhaus100 Bonanza Show presented by the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis..

Street Eats on Nicollet  |  10 am-9 pm
Enjoy lunch from a selection of food trucks and street vendors #OnNicollet between 6th and 8th streets.

Nicollet Makers Market Street Art Festival Edition  |  noon-6 pm

Catch a special weekend appearance of the Nicollet Makers Market (www.nicolletmakersmarket.com), our bi-monthly downtown craft and art market that features locally made and designed goods. More than 15 artists and makers will bring their unique wares to the street, including live screen printing and artist demos.

Throughout the festival

Downtown Street Art Festival Media Hub

Throughout the Festival, you can catch program highlights, images of the artworks in progress, live performance feeds and the schedule of events at the Street Art Festival Media Hub at 8th and Hennepin. Hosted by Hennepin Theatre Trust.

“This event is for everyone,” said Joan Vorderbruggen, Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Director of Engagement in the Hennepin Theatre District. “From the Bob Dylan mural on 5th and Hennepin to street music shows and 5 to 10 on Hennepin, we are always looking for exciting new ways to help make downtown Minneapolis a vibrant and welcoming place. Mpls DID has been a great partner for years, and we’re excited to create an accessible new festival together.”

“So many people come downtown to experience the arts, but often it happens inside iconic buildings and behind gallery doors. We’re excited to be working with Hennepin Theatre Trust on a new signature art event that will draw people downtown to experience street art of all kinds—whether it’s chalkers creating visual art, craft artisans presenting their handmade goods or street performers playing for the passersby,” said Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation for the Mpls Downtown Improvement District. “Street art is integral to animating our downtown public spaces, and we’re thrilled to bring more attention to our vibrant artist community.”

To learn more about the Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival, visit MplsStreetArtFest.com or follow along @MplsStreetArtFest on Facebook and Instagram, or@MplsStArtFest on Twitter,

The Downtown Street Art Festival is organized by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District and Hennepin Theatre Trust with support from our hospitality partner AC Hotel Minneapolis Downtown. IDS Center (Accesso Services),  the Minneapolis-Nicollet Farmers Market, the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day and Westminster Presbyterian Church are site sponsors, and event presenters include the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis, the Parq at the Marq (Marquette Plaza), zAmya Theater Project, and the Warming House. 

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (MDID) is a business funded non-profit focused on creating a more vibrant downtown. We lead and collaborate on programs that make downtown safer, cleaner and greener. We convene people across sectors and jurisdictions to work on issues of mutual interest; develop innovative solutions to complex public space challenges/opportunities including strategic activation and seek continuous improvement of ongoing programs including the ambassadors. For more information, visitwww.mplsdid.com.

About Hennepin Theatre Trust

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — the Orpheum, State and Pantages — and new event center at 900 Hennepin light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.​

MacPhail to host National Night Out at Gold Medal Park on August 6

MacPhail Center for Music and Friends of the Mill District are hosting a National Night Out event at Gold Medal Park from 6 to 9 p.m., on August 6.

DMNA-NLNA Crime and Safety Public Forum on August 7 at Open Book

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association and the North Loop Neighborhood Association are co-hosting a public forum on Crime and Safety coming up on Wednesday, August 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Open Book.  Representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department will be addressing the increase in crime in the downtown community this summer and discussing solutions to the problem.

Minneapolis Aquatennial Fireworks on Saturday, July 27, at 10 p.m.

The Target Fireworks are set to take place Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:00 pm. This is one of the country’s largest annual fireworks displays. Watch the Target Fireworks light up the Minneapolis sky! Come early for Aquatennial Pre-Fireworks Festivities beginning at 4 pm and enjoy food trucks, your favorite festival treats, live music, local craft beers, the Minneapolis Craft Market, a Ferris wheel, the Family Fun Zone and much more. A full schedule of the pre-fireworks festivities and music lineup will be announced soon.

For more information, please visit https://www.aquatennial.com/fireworks/.

The Minneapolis Aquatennial is proudly produced by the mpls downtown council.
Residents should print and put this pass in their windows so they will be able to easily get through to their building. The residents impacted will be those with parking access off of West River Parkway on either side of Portland and also any Apartment building on 1st St S (across from old Fujiya building).

Tonight’s Personal Safety Workshop has been POSTPONED until June 18

Due to the weather forecast, we have decided to postpone tonight’s Personal Safety Workshop until next Tuesday, June 18.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this might cause you.  We want to keep everyone safe, and if the grass is wet, we are afraid it might create some slippery conditions.  We are hoping for a better forecast next week.