All of a sudden, summer has arrived! And with it, lots of fun & updates for you from the Northeast CDC.
Our first annual Northeast Ride was a smashing success, with over 250 registered riders touring through Northeast. Many thanks to the 50+ volunteers that helped register riders, facilitate the stops, and plan this event. I also want to sincerely thank the ride sponsors (over 40 different businesses and organizations!) You helped make this inaugural ride an incredible showcase for the Northeast community. I know it takes a certain degree of risk to support a first-time event, and we’re so grateful you saw the potential and helped make this vision come to fruition. Thank you!
The ride also got lots of great press, and if you missed the ride or want a recap, you can view a great video of the ride here on the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Speaking of new projects, the 2012 Northeast Calendar has been a big hit, and our plan is to make the 2013 Calendar even better. In fact, we are excited to announce that artwork submissions are now being accepted! A few key things to note about next year’s edition: The calendar will be larger – 14 months instead of 12. This way, each Northeast Neighborhood has their very own page in the calendar. Oh… and did we mention there’s now a 14th Northeast neighborhood??? That’s right – we’re excited to welcome Mid-City Industrial as a now-official Northeast neighborhood! Mid-City Industrial became an official neighborhood last year, and we’re excited to welcome them to the calendar too. Are you interested in participating in the Calendar project as either an artist or a sponsor (or both?) You can find out more both about artwork submission and sponsorship at: calendar.northeastcdc.org.
Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
On April 12, along with the Northeast Chamber and Clay Squared to Infinity, we hosted the first of several “State of the Arts Districts” forums. We had a dialogue with community members and artists about opportunities for marketing and how to bring guests to the Arts District. We also discussed how to leverage the brand of the district to bring people to the area. Speaking of branding: we also updated the Arts District website with a shiny new updated, mobile-friendly, share-able version! You can check it out at: northeastminneapolisartsdistrict.com
Jackson Street Artist Housing
In other news, things are moving along well with JacFlats. The Minnesota Housing Board supported full funding of our supplemental LIHTC request for JacFlats, which secures the current credit need for the project. In other words: things are looking promising as we work with our partners at Artspace for a summer closing! Our continued thanks goes to Artspace for their partnership on this project, and their leadership in making this community vision a reality.
While updates and emails are great, we’d love to see you in person, too! Next week we’ll be at the Northeast Farmers Market nonprofit booth hosting a plant swap. Swap or donate anything related to plants: seedlings, splits, seeds, containers, indoor plants, gardening tools, books, and other supplies. We’ll be there Saturday June 16 from 9am-1pm. For more information, please visit: northeastcdc.org/?p=225.
It’s an exciting and busy time at the Northeast CDC as we launch new programs and meet the needs of the ever-evolving and ever-vibrant Northeast community. I encourage you to get involved with one of our projects as either a board member, volunteer or participant – we’re making great things happen! If you’d like to join our team or get more information on options, stop by the Farmers Market next week, give us a call at (612) 627-9366 or send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to serving Northeast Minneapolis together with you.