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Support the Arts District while supporting local artists!


NE Artists Invade Downtown

Clay Squared to Infinity has a new holiday location in Gaviidae Commons!

During several weekends they will have a special feature artist trunk shows, highlighting artists from Northeast Minneapolis.

They will be selling work of Clay Squared to Infinity co-owners: Layl McDill’s polymer clay artwork, gifts and ornaments and Josh Blanc’s handmade tiles. They will also feature art work “Made in NE Minneapolis” with an emphasis on clay artists. Artists include Sue Christensen of Nameless Wildness, Martha Enzler of Martha Enzler Designs, Stephanie Kaczrowski, Wendy Penta of Stone Hollow Tile, Emily Dyer of Dyer Ceramics, Kirsten Walstead of SoMi Tileworks, and Jane Swan. Furniture maker Kirsten Arden will create an environment where the work will be shown and for sale.

Clay Squared to Infinity will donate 5% of their sales from the downtown location during November and December to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

Opening Reception Friday!
Friday, November 18th
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Free Parking in Gaviidae parking garage if you spend over $20.

Open 10AM – 7PM Monday – Friday
Open 10AM – 6PM Saturday
Open 12PM – 5PM Sunday

This location will be open everyday through December 31st

Give to the Max Day!

The Northeast CDC is grateful for your support, both on GiveMN day and year-round!

In addition to managing development projects, your donations help us provide services like strategic planning, fiscal agency, and free business planning for startups.

Our programs include:

  • Small business planning and assistance
  • Great Cities: Business Improvement District initiative
  • The Northeast Minneapolis Calendar
  • Arts Action Plan implementation
  • The Jackson Street Artist Housing Project

We’re responsible for maintaining the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District website, and keeping it updated with events and openings.

We’re also launching a new initiative: The Northeast Ride! Scheduled for June of 2012, The Northeast Ride will take participants on a creative tour of Northeast Minneapolis.

Please join us as we help make Northeast Minneapolis a better place to live, work, and visit!

Announcing the Northeast Ride

The Northeast Ride, slated for June 2, 2012, will take cyclists on a tour of Northeast Minneapolis, stopping at neighborhoods parks and major destinations. The ride will also take participants through the arts district, touring past Northeast creative buildings and historical landmarks like the Casket Arts Building and the Grain Belt Brewery, while using some of the new bike trails and bikeways.

The Northeast CDC is trying to raise $15,000 to help ensure the event’s feasibility. A Kickstarter page to fund the project is live and will be up until Dec 5th. Volunteers will also be needed.

Additional support for the ride is being provided by Bicycle Theory, MPLS Bike Love, and Altered Esthetics.

Right now, there are a several different things you can do to help this initiative:

Join the planning committee:
We’ve currently got a group of four dedicated individuals planning this event. If you want to join us, our next meeting is Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30pm at Bicycle Theory. (1500 Jackson Street Northeast, Minneapolis MN 55413, Suite 400). If you can’t make Wednesday but are interested in future meetings, let us know your general availability and we’ll keep you in the loop. (

Help make it happen:
We’ve got a Kickstarter project going right now to help raise the funds to get this project moving. If we can do this, we know the ride’s a sure thing. We’re taking sponsorship pledges as well as pre-registrations, spoke-card orders, anything we can secure in advance to make sure this ride’s a go.

Kickstarter page:

Help get the word out:
To make this happen, we’ll need lots of help from lots of people. It will be more fun that way, too! The more people that know about this project, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can help create awareness by:

Thank you for your support!!!

Release party for the Northeast Calendar


The Northeast CDC is proud to announce the Northeast Calendar – and the arrival of the printed copies, which look great! The calendar highlights local artwork and photography as well as information about and illustrations of the thirteen Northeast Neighborhoods.

Artwork for the calendar was submitted by local artists and determined by an open, public vote. The full-color, 28 page calendar was designed by award winning comic artist Kevin Cannon, a Northeast resident.

A release party for the Calendar will be held at Eastside Food Coop, Sunday December 4, 2011 from 12pm-3pm.

Eastside Food Coop
2551 Central Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418


The calendars will also be available this weekend during Art Attack at the Northrup King Building. Stop by Adam Turman‘s room at Bicycle Theory  to check’em out!

Friday, November 4 — 5-10 PM
Saturday, November 5 — 12-8 PM
Sunday, November 6 — 12-5 PM

Bicycle Theory is located inside the Northrup King Building:

Bicycle Theory
1500 Jackson Street NE
Studio 400
Minneapolis, MN 55413

More information about the calendars can be found on the calendar website:

Northeast Calendar Contest: Winners!

The winners of the Northeast Calendar Contest have been posted on the Calendar site, along with images of all the winning artwork. The image with the most votes overall, which will go on the cover of the calendar, was local artist Lauri Svedberg. Congratulations, Lauri!

Along with the artwork, the calendars will feature information about all thirteen northeast neighborhoods and a handful of the major events for 2012. Printed copies will be available by the end of October.

We’re still looking for sponsors to help us get these beautiful calendars printed. If you have an interest in sponsoring, please check out sponsorship info page or email me for more information: (replace -at- with @).

Summer Updates from the Northeast CDC

In spite of the heat, it’s been a productive summer so far at the Northeast CDC!

The Jackson Street Artist Housing project is moving right along; state and city applications for tax credits for 2011 have been sent. Artspace and the Northeast CDC are now looking more closely at the space the building provides, including installing a community garden and hosting workshops for the community in the shared gallery space. Please stay tuned in November for an open meeting about progress and timeline.

Northeast Calendar Contest

The Northeast Calendar project is underway. We received over 100 submissions of artwork and photography representing all thirteen northeast neighborhoods – and they look great! Voting is open until July 31, 2011 and friends of Northeast can vote easily online for their favorites here: ( ) There is also a limited number of ad spaces in the calendar which will help cover the cost of printing and distribution. If you’d like to help support this project and create a fun, identity piece for Northeast, please consider a sponsorship: The calender will be a great resource, highlighting not only information about the thirteen neighborhoods, but also major community events such as Art-A-Whirl and the Northeast Parade.

We’ve continued our Small Business Services, offering not only business planning but also communications technology and strategic planning for a variety of small businesses in Northeast. We’re in the process of developing several websites for local businesses and helping them with their communication needs. You can check our blog at for website launch announcements and training opportunities.

The Great Cities collaborative continues our research on Business Improvement Districts and the implementation and impact one would have along Central Avenue. We had a great outreach meeting at the end of June where we introduced businesses to the work we are doing and the goals of the project. We also outlined the results from the survey we sent to Central Avenue Businesses. (Snow Removal, Graffiti Removal, and Reducing Vacancies are big priorities!) You can check out the presentation online here:

The Northeast Bike Tour is taking shape, and we’ll be working with a lot of the local cycling groups to make this event great for Northeast Minneapolis as well as friends and visitors to Northeast. The tour will navigate through all thirteen neighborhood parks, stopping at favorite historic and remarkable Northeast neighborhoods along the way. A working date has been set for Saturday June 2, 2012.

The Arts Action Plan Committee is also making progress, working with NEMAA and volunteers in the community to help maintain the arts district website, signage, and also to move other action items of the plan forward. (And if you haven’t “liked” the Arts District yet on facebook, you should! )

Northeast Cultural Gardens

The Northeast CDC is also sponsoring the volunteer-driven Northeast Cultural Gardens initiative, which will be an ongoing resource and sharing tool for urban landscapes in Northeast. ( The initial goals of the project are to celebrate the current urban landscapes. We’ll also be planning a few easy, inexpensive events for Northeasters to spruce up their gardens, including a plant-swap for next spring (when it’s a great time for splitting and sharing!)

Last but not least, we currently have an opening on the board! Our current opening is for a Board Secretary. This person will be not only be responsible for helping with minutes at meetings, but also help put together updated versions of our organizational manuals and governing documents. If you have an interest in helping the Northeast CDC make Northeast better and better, join our board!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

-Jamie Schumacher
Executive Director

Cast your votes for Northeast!

We received over 100 submissions to the Northeast Calendar project – and they are super awesome! The online gallery is up and now it’s time to vote for your favorites.

Any Northeast Minneapolis friend can vote – you don’t have to be a resident. Vote once for each neighborhood; the winning image for each neighborhood wins a month, but the image with the most votes overall goes on THE COVER! There are cash prizes for the artists, too – so be sure to check out all the images and vote for the best.

Check out the galleries and vote online at



The Central Avenue Commercial Corridor

Dear Central Avenue friends,

The Northeast Community Development Corporation is hosting an informational conversation about Special Service Districts (SSD), Business Improvement Districts (BID) and their impact along Central Avenue.

The conversation will take place this Wednesday June 29th, 7:30am – 8:30am at Eastside Food Coop (in the Granite Studio.)

I hope you can join us!


One week left for submissions to the NE Calendar Project!


Do you Love Northeast Minneapolis and/or have great images of your favorite places in Northeast?

Be a part of a fun community project and participate in the 2012 Northeast Calendar!

  • Submit work easily online
  • No submission fee
  • Up to $200 in cash prizes!

For more information and an online submission form, visit

Only one week left for submissions!

If you’ve left us a message at any point in the past year…

A voicemail box somewhere on our system was gradually piling up with messages over the past year, possibly even longer.

My clue to the fact that this was going on came when I called in to check messages and the system said “your mailbox is full” – even though I had only two messages in my box. I called Qwest, spending roughly 10 conversations and countless hours trying to determine:

  • where exactly the messages where
  • how I could get to them (not knowing where they were other than “not on my line” and “not in the general mailbox,” my passwords didn’t work.)

We were trying to do all of this without resetting the system entirely – which would erase all the messages. I didn’t want that to happen because obviously, I would like to respond to those messages if I needed to!

Apparently this was a very odd voicemail vs voice messaging problem that even left the helpful techs at Qwest scratching their heads. Even more unfortunately, in the process of trying to help me gain access, somebody at tech support did what we were trying to avoid and RESET THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. While it successfully created room for people to leave more messages (woohoo!) it did so by deleting everything.

We tried to find a way to retrieve them – but were totally unsuccessful. My final response from Qwest was nice but did not bring good news:

I am sorry for the delayed response. I have exhausted all possibilities in regards
to retrieving those voice messages. My understanding is that they are no longer
available even on any backup systems.



If you’ve called anytime in the past year left a message and have not received a call back, please accept my sincere apologies. Feel free to call me again about something awesome at 612-627-9366 (and leave a message on our fancy fixed voicemail system if I don’t answer.) Or you can always email me at



If you’re trying to leave us a message…

If you’re calling and receiving a “mailbox full” message, my apologies. Apparently there’s a voicemail box in our system (not our general box and not my mailbox) that has been racking up messages and I don’t have access to it. I’ve been trying to work with Qwest to get access to the messages without just resetting our system, because that would delete all our messages and I want to make sure those messages get addressed. However apparently this is an “unusual situation” and getting assistance and response from them is taking forever.

Until we get this resolved, please email us at or

Again, apologies for any inconvenience.

Call for Northeast themed artwork and photography!

Do you love Northeast – or have some great photos or artwork about Northeast?

Then participate in the Northeast Calendar project!

The Northeast CDC, a local nonprofit, is creating a calendar for 2012 to celebrate the awesomeness of Northeast Minneapolis! The calendar will highlight local artwork and photography as well as the 13 Northeast neighborhoods.

We’re looking for great images and artwork about Northeast Minneapolis.

How it works:
Submit your artwork online using the online submission form
After the deadline, we’ll create an online gallery with each neighborhood’s images.
During the month of July people will vote for their favorite!

There will be 13 winners — one for each month, and one for the cover
$50 for each winning artist
$200 for the #1 artist!

Submissions Information
No entry fee!
Submit your image easily online
Any medium is acceptable
Artwork must represent or be categorizable in one of the 13 NE neighborhoods
Limit 13 total submissions per artist
Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2011
No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

For a map of Northeast Minneapolis complete with neighborhoods, please visit the project site at:

The Northeast CDC is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our mission is promoting the economic development of Northeast Minneapolis in a manner that furthers the interests of residents and businesses.