Samatar Crossing Call for Public Artists

A. Samatar Crossing
Samatar Crossing: Samatar Crossing spans Interstate I-35, serving as a connector between downtown neighborhoods of Elliot Park and Downtown East and the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood.This project involves construction of a new sidewalk and bicycle path between 11th Avenue South and 15th Avenue South on the former 5th Street I-94 exit ramp and on a bridge spanning I35W. This will also result in a new pedestrian and bike connection between the West Bank on the East and Elliot Park and Downtown East on the West, as well as to the Hiawatha trail. Samatar Crossing is named in honor of Hussein Samatar, a former Minneapolis School Board member who was the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minneapolis. For more information visit the City’s website.

Samatar Crossing, is symbolic of Hussein Samatar’s life and values. Samatar spent his life making connections between immigrant communities – especially the Somali community – and the mainstream. The bridge serves as a reminder of his work – as a reconnection between downtown and the West Bank, neighborhoods that represent the mainstream and Somali communities respectively.

Hussein Samatar (1968-2013): Born in Somalia, Hussein Samatar moved to Minneapolis in December 1991 as part of the first wave of Somali immigrants to the Twin Cities. He earned an MBA from St. Thomas University and was a Humphrey School of Public Affairs Fellow and a German Marshall Memorial Fellow. After working at Wells Fargo as a business banker, Samatar founded the African Development Center (ADC) in 2004, bringing his skills and experiences back to Cedar Riverside and providing financial and educational support to immigrants. ADC is still a thriving support agency for immigrants in the Twin Cities. Samatar entered public office in 2006, when he was appointed to the Minneapolis Library Board of Trustees by Mayor R.T. Rybak. He became Minnesota’s first Somali-American elected official in 2011 when he was elected to the Minneapolis School Board.

B. Neighborhood and Area

Cedar-Riverside: Cedar-Riverside, or Mno Sota Makoce, was once part of the homeland of the Dakota people, who were indigenous to this area. Alternatively known as the “West Bank” or simply “Riverside,” Cedar-Riverside is now home to a robust arts and culture scene, multiple universities, health care facilities, and a vibrant nightlife. The African Development Center, founded by Samatar, is located in Cedar Riverside and continues to provide fundamental business development support to the immigrant community. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is named after the intersection of the two main avenues of the neighborhood, Cedar and Riverside.

The neighborhood is triangular-shaped with three definitive boundaries: the Mississippi River on the east side, Interstate 94 on the south side, and Interstate 35W on the west side. Cedar-Riverside‘s history is nearly as old as Minneapolis’. In the late 1890s, the neighborhood was known as “Snoose Boulevard,” with a thriving community of Scandinavian immigrants, many of whom worked in the milling and lumber industries on the Mississippi River. In the 1960s and 1970s, Snoose Boulevard turned from a quaint neighborhood to a beehive of hippies, intellectuals, actors, artists and musicians. Presently, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood boasts the largest community of immigrants in the Twin Cities, continuing a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Today, there are more than eight thousand residents who call this area home, 50% of which are of East African descent. Minneapolis is home to the one of the largest Somali populations in North America, many of whom call Cedar-Riverside home. Other residents include, but are not limited to, Oromo, Korean, Ethiopian, Ecuadorian, Iraqi, Eritrean and Turkish Americans.
For more information on the Cedar-Riverside area, visit these websites:


Downtown East: Downtown East is located in the center of Minneapolis and the East side of Downtown. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by the Mississippi River, on the west by Portland Avenue South, on the east by Interstate 35W and on the south by 6th Street South. Its residential community is being built at record levels. The Mill District, along the Mississippi River Front is a historic district with several old Mills and mill ruins. East is home to The Commons, US Bank Stadium, and multiple major cultural institutions, including the Guthrie Theater, the Mill City Museum, MacPhail Center for Music, and Open Book Literary Arts Center. This area – including St. Anthony Falls and former Spirit Island – are also significant sites to the Dakota people.

The Washburn A Mill was by the mid-19th century the most technologically advanced mill in the world. Obsolete by 1965, however, it closed and sat vacant for many years. In 1991 the building was nearly destroyed by fire. The City of Minneapolis cleaned up the rubble and fortified the charred walls of the mill in the late 1990s. Shortly thereafter, the Minnesota Historical Society developed the Mill City Museum, which cleverly incorporates the ruins into the new structure. Many of the other old mills and factories have been converted into residential and commercial uses. For more information on Downtown East, visit these websites:


Elliot Park: Just east of Downtown Minneapolis, Elliot Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City. Bounded by 5th Street to the north, I-94 to the south, 35W to the east and 5th Avenue to the west, Elliot Park is home to an historic district and has multiple buildings listed on the historic registry. The merger of the downtown street grid (parallel to the river) and the south Minneapolis street grid (East to West) creates an interesting mix of partial streets and triangles in the neighborhood.

Originally home to the City’s wealthy elite, Elliot Park in the 1800’s offered close proximity to the City center and was home to the City’s two sole parks. As the City grew, so did the demand for housing. Many mansions were converted into apartments and brownstones were built to accommodate demand. During the 1960’s, interstate 1-94 dissected the neighborhood from South Minneapolis. The construction predicated an exodus from the neighborhood and the population declined. Many buildings were converted to parking lots and residents moved to other places. Today, Elliot Park has repopulated with condominiums and a variety of housing for different income levels. Despite being above average for homing immigrant residents in the City, only 20% of the population is foreign-born which contrasts to the 37.6% in Cedar Riverside. The neighborhood is home to two prominent institutions: Hennepin County Medical Center and North Central University. For more information on Elliot Park, visit these websites:

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C. Samatar Crossing Public Art Project
The City is seeking up to 3 artists to collaborate on the design of an iconic public artwork for Samatar Crossing. Artists of any discipline – including spoken word, poetry, graphic design, and visual arts – are invited to apply. No previous public art experience is required. Artworks might address the following goals:

• Bridging the immigrant experiences of past and present residents and identifying the shared experiences of people who call these neighborhoods home.
• Artistically enhancing the reconnection of the West Bank to Downtown Minneapolis; linking the Elliot Park, Downtown East and Cedar Riverside neighborhoods through the creation of a bright and bold public artwork.
• Enhancing the wayfinding and pedestrian experience of the crossing.
• Highlighting the values of Hussein Samatar and the people who live, lived and will live in the surrounding communities.
• Supporting the creation of a welcoming experience for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.

D. Compensation
Up to 3 artists will be hired for the design phase of this project. Artists will be compensated $10-12,000 for participation in the design process for the project. There is approximately $120,000 in additional funding for the fabrication and installation of art.

• This fee should cover all the costs and expenses associated with fulfilling the responsibilities outlined in section E below.
• A contract between artists and the City will define stages of completion and a payment schedule. Final payments are contingent upon the completion of deliverables.

E. Artist’s Responsibilities
• Meeting and working with project team and/or other selected artists to develop and refine artistic concepts for two cohesive and complementary artworks.
• Creating the design for a collaborative and cohesive permanent public artwork in collaboration with the other selected artists and the project team – including other artists and city staff.
• Working in and with the adjacent communities to engage residents in the design process including meetings, public engagements.
• Researching and learning about Hussein Samatar and the affiliated neighborhoods and histories.
• Participating in an ongoing collaborative design review process and making changes with input from the staff, designers, committees and the community.
• Determining the materials for the artwork and the fabrication process and working with staff to select the fabricator for the project.
• Providing City Staff with documentation of the process.
• Providing regular email updates to City Staff.
• Providing input during the fabrication process.
• Collaboratively develop designs that are durable, energy efficient, and vandal-proof and require little repair or maintenance.

F. Project Timeline
Thursday August 23rd – Call for Artists Posted
Tuesday, September 18th, 5-7pm – Artist Informational Meeting: Brian Coyle Center, 420 South 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Friday, September 21st – Posting of Materials from Informational Meeting on website October 2nd, 3-6pm – Artist Application Support: Pop-up Resource Center hosted by Springboard for the Arts at Mixed Blood Theater 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454
October 3rd – Last day for submission of questions –
October 5th – Answers posted online
Tuesday, October 9th – Intent to Apply Form Submitted (advance submission recommended)
Wednesday, October 10th – 4pm CST- Call for Artists Deadline
Week of November 5th – Finalist Interviews
Late November – Artist Notification

G. Who is Eligible to Apply?
• Artists of any discipline are invited to apply, including but not limited to spoken word artists, poets, textile artists, sculptors, public artists, graphic designers, etc.
• No previous experience in public art is required for this project, however, must demonstrate capacity to translate their creative practice across disciplines and contextualize their artwork within a defined framework.
• Capacity to deliver a project that responds to the defined project goals.
• Experience working in and with diverse communities, especially immigrant communities.
• Working knowledge of or a proven capacity to learn about the communities defined in this call.
• Experience collaborating on projects, including but not limited to experience working with organizations, community groups or cities.
• Proven ability to manage projects including budgets, communications, and administrative tasks.
• Current City staff and Minneapolis Arts Commissioners are not eligible.
• Organizations, architectural and engineering firms, design firms, galleries and public art consultants are not eligible.

H. How to Apply
Contact for More Information: All questions regarding this proposal should be submitted in email to: by October 3rd, 4pm CST. All questions and answers will be compiled and posted online as an addendum to this Call for Artists. They will also be sent to all artists who complete an Intent to Apply form. The Intent to Apply Form is found here. Do not contact other contractors, architects or City staff working on this project.
All proposals are due: Wednesday, October 10th, 4 p.m., CST. Intent to Apply must be submitted no later than one day in advance of the deadline – October 9th – in order to receive a submission link.

Changes to Application Process/How to Upload Your Application: Artists planning to apply should complete the Intent to Apply form here. You will then receive an email with a link to a folder to upload your application. Do NOT email proposals or send links to file transfer programs, such as Drop Box. It is recommended that you complete the Intent to Apply form prior to the day of the deadline.

Additional Information: Materials from the informational meeting will be posted online as an addendum with this Call for Artists. This Call for Artists is available in alternative formats upon request. For more information about City of Minneapolis public art visit

I. What to Submit
Artwork Samples:
• Submit images of your previous work that demonstrate your ability as an artist to design and work on this project. Artists may submit up to 10 work samples in the following formats. No more than ten total samples will be reviewed.
• Submit ten images as jpegs. It is recommended that your images be roughly 1920 x 1920 pixels and no more than 1.8 MB in file size. Images that do not meet the required formats may not be considered.
• Written Work Samples: single spaced, 12-point font., written work samples cannot exceed 10 pages total. For example, five 2-page work samples or ten 1-page work samples are acceptable formats.
• Video/Audio Work Samples: Up to 10 video or audio work samples not longer than 30 seconds in length. For example, two 2.5-minute videos or one 5-minute work sample is an acceptable format
▪ Video/audio work samples must be submitted via YouTube or another online platform.
▪ All A/V weblinks must be submitted via individual PDF documents and files must be labeled with the corresponding work sample number. For example Last Name_First Name_#
▪ Individual files should not represent more than one work sample.
• Multiple projects cannot be compiled in a single work sample. No compilations of images or projects will be accepted.
Written Materials: Proposal packets should be submitted in one single 8 ½” x 11” pdf. Please include:
• Cover Sheet: A completed copy of the attached cover sheet.
• Written Description: A written description of up to two pages that addresses:
o Why you are interested and what excites you most about the project;
o If you are an artist team, your experience working together in the past, and which artist will be the lead contact for your team;
o Other commitments and time frames during which you would be unavailable.
• Resume: A current resume(s) of all of the artists involved, including information on background and ability to conduct the tasks listed. Up to two pages per artist.
• Image List: A completed copy of the attached Image List.
• References: The names, addresses, and daytime phone numbers of three references who can speak about your ability as an artist and, a collaborator, and if relevant, as a team.
Late applications and applications that do not follow these guidelines may not be considered.

J. How Will Applications Be Reviewed?
A selection panel will review applications based on these criteria. The panel will include: An artist, arts administrator, architect or landscape architect, arts commissioner; a project site representative, a Public Works staff member, an appropriate community representative, and two at-large members. Their selection will be based on the following criteria:

Stimulate excellence in urban design and public arts:
• Is the artist’s submission, previous work and/or proposed idea engaging and high quality in concept and construction?
• Is the quality of the artist’s previous work comparable to other artwork commissioned by the City?
• Is the artist not over represented in the City’s collection?
• Does the artist have a significant or engaging body of work?
• Does the artist have experience collaborating with city planners and other professionals?
• Does the artist have experience with architectural and engineering drawings and methods?
• Does the artist have experience in comparable projects and artistic disciplines?

Enhance community identity and place:
• Is the artist familiar with the community and setting and its characteristics, including history, identity, geography and cultures?
• Has the artist’s previous work been appropriate to those communities and settings and the above characteristics?
• Does the artist have experience integrating artwork into infrastructure and public spaces?
Contribute to community vitality:
• Have the artist’s previous projects attracted visitors and residents?
• Does the artist’s previous work or proposed process build capacity between the private and public sectors, artists, arts organizations and community members?
• Does the artist’s previous work or proposed process encourage civic dialogue about community, cultures or City issues?
• Do the artist’s previous projects incorporate or address relevant cultural or historical events?
Involve a broad range of people/communities:
• Does the artist have experience working with communities and diverse groups?
• Does the artist have a demonstrated ability to address ADA regulations as they apply to public art?
• Does the artist’s previous or proposed process celebrate one or more of the City’s cultural communities?
• Does the artist have experience in projects that bring people together or create gathering places?

Value artists and artistic process:
• Does the artist have a unique or appropriate cultural, geographic or artistic perspective?
• Does the proposed project or process appropriately support the integrity of the artwork and the moral rights of the artist?
• Does the proposed project or design process include the artist and the artistic process as a central element?
Use resources wisely:
• Is the artist’s previous work or proposed project sustainable, secure and technically feasible?
• If the proposers are a team, is the team a manageable size and do they show demonstrated experience working together?
• Has the artist’s previous work been within the timeline and budget and is the artist able to work within the City’s timeline and budget?

K. Attachments
• Coversheet Form
• Image List Form

City of Minneapolis Public Art, Department of Community Planning and Economic Development
For over 30 years, the City of Minneapolis has enriched the lives of citizens and visitors by integrating public art into city planning, services design and infrastructure. The City’s Public Art Program features:
• New commissions through the Art in Public Places program
• The conservation and maintenance of the City’s collection of over 60 works located in all parts of Minneapolis
• Support to other departments and agencies developing public facilities, infrastructure, and public art projects
• Permits to neighborhoods and community groups for art projects in the public realm

For more information about City of Minneapolis public art visit

DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on September 4

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the DMNA Land Use Committee is on Tuesday, September 4, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.


Voting for top downtown green spaces now open for 2018 DID Greening & Public Realm Awards

MINNEAPOLIS (August 28, 2018) — The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) today announced the public voting for the 9th annual Greening & Public Realm Awards is now open.

The Greening Awards, a DID initiative since 2010, celebrate outstanding examples of greening and placemaking that improve public space in Downtown Minneapolis. Winners will be selected by public vote at The vote will be open Aug. 28 through Sept. 14.

This year, 36 finalists were selected from more than 60 unique nominees through an interactive public nomination process. These finalists were divided into 12 categories based on the project’s characteristics and size. Among the finalists selected were 15 new nominees—a continued sign of the growing diversity of greening in the downtown area—as well as 14 past winners. Seven of last year’s 12 winners are nominated again this year—including eight-time winner Loring Greenway.

“Our greening awards finalists annually highlight the incredible variety and breadth of public and private greening we enjoy here in our downtown,” said Steve Cramer, Mpls Downtown Improvement District President & CEO. “Thank you to all who enhance our public realm through your efforts—going above and beyond to help make our downtown welcoming and extraordinary.”

Winners will receive a commemorative Greening Award created by Wood from the Hood, a Minneapolis-based company that reclaims discarded trees from urban neighborhoods and creates high-quality wood products. Each award will display the year the award was issued.

The DID Greening Awards are intended to inspire all to work toward making downtown greener and more vibrant. DID’s mission through the Greening Awards is to encourage all downtown businesses and organizations to participate in the greening effort.

The public is encouraged to vote by visiting and clicking on the interactive vote link. Each category will showcase the finalists along with a photo of each location for easy viewing and identification. This year’s 12 categories include the following finalists:

Small Activated Space

  • 100 Washington
  • Colonial Warehouse Alleyway*
  • Kieran’s Irish Pub

Small Green Space

  • Hennepin Healthcare Pocket Park*
  • Target Plaza, South Entry
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

Large Activated Space

  • Hennepin County Government Center North & South Plazas
  • Nicollet*
  • The Commons

Large Green Space

  • Cancer Survivors Park
  • Loring Greenway
  • Triangle Park

Façade Greening

  • Lenox Brownstones*
  • Mills Fleet Farm Parking Garage
  • The Local

Public Art

  • 5th & Hennepin Mini Mural*
  • Carry On Homes by Peng Wu, Zoe Cinel, Shunjie Yong, Preston Drum and Aki Shibata*
  • Nicollet Lanterns by Blessing Hancock*
  • Prairie Tree by Ned Kahn*

Outdoor Café

  • Brit’s Pub
  • Eastside*
  • Haskell’s Wine Bar*
  • The News Room*

Streetscape Greening

  • Fulton Taproom
  • Kraus Anderson Development*
  • Millwright

Streetscape Green Infrastructure

  • Minneapolis Convention Center
  • Nicollet
  • Washington Avenue S*

Entryway Greening

  • Aloft Minneapolis
  • HQ Apartments*
  • Mpls DID Pop-up Satellite Office*

Public Realm Improvement

  • Carry On Homes by Peng Wu, Zoe Cinel, Shunjie Yong, Preston Drum and Aki Shibata*
  • Colonial Warehouse Alleyway
  • Haskell’s Wine Bar
  • Hennepin Healthcare Pocket Park
  • Kraus Anderson Development
  • Nicollet Redesign
  • Nicollet Lanterns by Blessing Hancock
  • The News Room
  • Washington Ave S Redesign
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

Best Neighborhood

  • Downtown East
  • Downtown West
  • Elliot Park
  • Loring Park
  • North Loop

*-New Nominee in this category

The public is encouraged to not only vote on a winner for each category but to also celebrate greening on social media year-round. Send your greening photos to @MplsDID on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #GreenAwardsMpls.

For more information, visit

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District:

Founded in early 2009 by the downtown business community, the Mpls DID delivers higher levels of service to make downtown cleaner, greener, safer and more vibrant throughout a 120-block area. It is funded almost exclusively by the commercial property owners of downtown Mpls, and it is the largest Business Improvement District in the state of Minnesota. For more information, visit


DMNA was a proud sponsor of Pianos on Parade this summer

The DMNA was a proud sponsor of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Pianos on Parade initiative this summer.

Pianos on Parade placed uniquely designed pianos throughout downtown Mpls in June. The pianos were open for impromptu concerts as well as for programming with local musical talent.

The Pianos on Parade were painted by local artists who helped showcase their visions of downtown Mpls through their art work. The pianos were painted in May before being placed throughout the downtown community.

To view a video of piano performance that took place during the 4th annual Light the Night Car Show on the Nicollet Mall, please visit the DMNA Facebook page.

DMNA 2018 Annual Meeting on October 15 at Open Book

The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, October 15, at 6 p.m., at Open Book, in the 2nd floor Performance Hall.  Election to the board of directors will take place.  We will have three seats up for election this year with three-year terms.  If you have an interest in running for a seat on the board, please submit your name, a brief bio, and a statement explaining your interest in running for the board to  More info to come.

DMNA Board Meeting on August 20, at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Board meeting is on Monday, August 20, at 5:45 p.m., at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room.

Agenda – REVISED#2
Minutes from the June 18, Board Meeting
August 2018 Outreach and Collaboration Chart
June Financial Report
July Financial Report
DMNA Letter of Support for Sherman Associates 7th and Portland project approved at the July 10, LUC meeting – Sherman Associates cancelled this project prior to presenting at the August 13, Planning Commission meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for Solhem OX-OP project approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 417 2nd Avenue N., Certificate of Appropriateness application approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 527 Marquette Avenue, Certificate of Appropriateness application approved at the August 6, LUC meeting
DMNA Letter of Support for 800 Washington Avenue RFP

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

City receives four responses to 800 Washington Avenue RFP

Emily Stern, senior project coordinator with the City of Minneapolis’ Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED), reviewed the four proposals that the City received to the 800 Washington Avenue RFP at the August 6, DMNA Land Use Committee meeting.  This parcel is also known at the Liner Parcel, because it wraps the Guthrie Theater parking ramp.  The City received proposals from the following developers:

  1. AECOM – Mixed Use (Owner-occupied condos with ground floor retail)

    AECOM’s proposal is for an 8-story, mixed-use building. This project includes 80 owner-occupied condos, 18,000 square feet of office space for the American Academy of Neurology, and also have ground floor retail space. Total cost for the project? $65 million.  The building would feature open green spaces and a rooftop garden and the overall look would be much different than buildings in the surrounding area.

  2. Sherman Associates – Mixed Use

    Sherman Associate’s proposal is for a 10-story, mixed-use building. The first and second floor would still include a Pinstripes bowling alley, the third story would still be home to office space, space for the American Academy of Neurology, and the remaining floors above would be devoted to 112 apartments. 20 percent of the housing units proposed would be affordable units for those making less than 60% of the area’s median income.

  3. Oppidan Investment Company – Commercial

    Oppidan has submitted plans for a 6-8 story office building. They’re looking for a single company or multiple tenants that are willing to share a building.  An interesting aspect of this proposal is the fact that tenants within the project would have a say in the overall design of the building. Plans state that the upper floors would house office space with the American Academy of Neurology having the option to lease space within the building if desired. The ground floor would hold retail space.

  4. 45 North Group – Commercial

    45 North Group plans call for a five story commercial building. The ground floor would have retail space while the upper floors would be home to offices. The total project is expected to cost around $20 million.

City staff are favoring the AECOM and Sherman Associates projects, because they best reflect the requirements of the RFP.  At the August 21, Economic Development and Regulatory Services Committee, staff will likely recommend that the City extend development rights to AECOM.  However, if they are unable to come to terms with AECOM after a period of time, they will go back to the table with Sherman Associates.

Information regarding these proposals is available on the Development Tracker Website.

Joint Beats collaboration highlighted at annual National Night Out Kickoff event in downtown Minneapolis

NNO Kickoff event set for Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 3-5 pm on Nicollet                             

MINNEAPOLIS (August 6, 2018) — The Mpls Downtown Improvement District will hold its annual National Night Out Kickoff event on Tuesday, August 7 from 3-5 pm at the DID Pop-Up Satellite Office outside Gaviidae Common (6th Street & Nicollet).

With Minneapolis being a national leader in the number of National Night Out neighborhood events hosted each year, the NNO Kickoff Event in downtown Minneapolis features games, treats and information about where you can find your neighborhood’s NNO event as well as overall community safety.

This year’s NNO Kickoff Event on Nicollet will feature:

  • Appearances by local law enforcement and public officials
  • Free treats and giveaways (ice cream, lemonade, popcorn and more)
  • Games (chess, connect4, bean bags, little kids waffle blocks, tic-ta-toe and more)
  • Live Street Show musical performances
  • Time/location list of NNO events in the City of Minneapolis on August 7
  • And more

Great visuals are available of community gathering together to play games and meet local officials during the NNO Kickoff event on Nicollet.

Joint Beats collaboration on display at National Night Out

National Night Out also brings members of the ongoing Joint Beats law enforcement collaboration led in partnership with the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District together to meet members of the community and interact while helping promote neighborhood safety.

Now in its 12th year, the Joint Beats program showcases collaboration between MPD, HCSO and Metro Transit Police Department that increases law enforcement visibility on the streets and helps enhance collaboration with street outreach teams—all in an effort to keep downtown safe during the summer months.

The 2018 Joint Beats program launched on Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day. During that span, more beat officers are being placed in downtown’s core as a way to enhance real and perceived safety during the summer months. Below are highlights from the partnership’s leaders on the impact it has downtown.

“We strive to create a consistently compelling experience downtown—one that everyone who lives, works, plays and visits here can enjoy,” said Steve Cramer, president & ceo of the mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District. “Partnerships with law enforcement agencies help make that possible through their visibility on the streets and their support of our other strategies like outreach and activations downtown.”

“Collaborative safety plans require collaboration—and Joint Beats is a perfect example of why that’s especially true of public safety efforts.” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “Every year, Joint Beats brings our law enforcement partners and the community together to help achieve the goal of keeping downtown safe and inviting for all.”

“The Joint Beats collaboration really highlights the importance of relationships between our law enforcement partners, as we collectively provide a visible presence downtown,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. “I’d also like to recognize the tremendous contribution of social service ‘street outreach’ workers; everyone is working together to increase public safety for those who live, work and visit Downtown.”

“Downtown is the heart of this county, and the entire Metro area,” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said. “It needs to be safe and secure for residents and visitors.”

“Working together and collaborating with our fellow law enforcement agencies is something we at Metro Transit Police feel is very valuable to the community,” said Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington. “Keeping the visitors, riders and operators safe is our top priority, and the Joint Beats initiative is one that annually yields results doing that.”

The continued efforts this summer communicates a serious and shared focused on downtown safety, which is the foundation of any successful community. The Joint Beats program works in tandem with City of Minneapolis leadership, the downtown business community, and street outreach organizations to help meet the needs of all who live, work and play downtown.

About the mpls downtown council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals. For more information, please visit

About the Mpls Downtown Improvement District:

Founded in early 2009, after more than five years of formative planning and advocacy by the downtown business community, the Mpls DID delivers higher levels of service to make downtown cleaner, greener, safer and more vibrant throughout a 120-block area, as is the case with most Business Improvement Districts. For more information, visit


CM Fletcher seeks input from Ward 3 Businesses

Ward 3 Council Member Steve Fletcher is seeking to learn more about the businesses that operate in our community. If you are a business owner or manager, please take a few minutes to complete the survey via the link below.