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Stronger together, Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and Northeast CDC have merged

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and The Northeast Community Development Corporation directors announce they have merged to become Northeast Community Development Corporation, dba (doing business as) The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

“Some of the recent land development within the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District threatens the integrity of the land designated by the City of Minneapolis as industrial zones. This underscores the need to combine strengths of both organizations to preserve and strengthen the Arts District and to direct thoughtful development in Northeast Minneapolis.  We defend the land for use by the artists and related businesses within the City-designated Arts District. This entity will improve service to the Northeast Minneapolis community, including the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District,” said Jennifer Young, President.

The general purposes of the Corporation shall be to promote the economic development of Northeast Minneapolis in a manner that furthers the interests of residents, businesses, organizations and artists and to support artists, arts and culture in The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Board Chair Josh Blanc said, “The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, its service marks, website, e-newsletters, programming and branding remain. There will be little outward change as a result of this consolidation of effort and talent.”

Contact: Jennifer Young

For additional information:

2021 Calendars are here!

The 13-month calendars with local art of Northeast neighborhoods are free while supplies last. They are available at:

Aki’s Breadhaus – Bremer Bank (on Lowry) – Brickmania – California Building – Casket Arts – Central Avenue Liquor – Central Car Wash – Clay Squared to Infinity – Davis Law Office – Dinsmore Cleaners – Dipped & Debris – Eastside Food Coop – East Side Neighborhood Services – Grumpys – Ideal Diner – Indeed Brewing – Metro Welding – Moose Bar & Grill – Mother Earth Gardens NE – Northeast Bank – Northeaster  Newspaper – Petscape Grooming – Ready Meats – Riverland Bank – Sarah Jane’s Bakery – Sen Yai Sen Lek – Sentyrz Market – SIP Coffee – Stinson Wine, Beer & Spirits – Straightline Dance Fitness – Team Morgan – Edina Realty – The Anchor Fish & Chips – The Mill Northeast – Theater Latté Da – Wells Fargo (on Central) …and at neighborhood offices of Bottineau, Logan Park, Sheridan, Waite Park, Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, Northeast Farmers Market and the Northeast Chamber.

The Northeast Calendars are a project of the Northeast Community Development Corporation.


2021 Northeast Calendar Call for Art Re-Openend – Due Sept. 25, 2020

Call for entries — $3,000 in prizes ($200 per image, $400 for cover). The Northeast Community Development Corporation (NECDC) coordinates the Northeast Calendar, soliciting images that represent the 14 Northeast neighborhoods.
New guidelines this year: An image may be representative of a neighborhood simply due to the artist living or working in that neighborhood. We are looking for active, colorful, beautiful and/or funny images that bring cheer and a feeling of togetherness,
community. Access the Call for Art.

2020 Calendars are here!

By Monday, Nov. 4 you should be able to pick up your free calendars at participating sponsors. (At some, you may need to inquire.) See the list of familiar Northeast businesses under 2020 Sponsors.

The 2020 Northeast Calendar’s cover celebrates the visual, musical, theater, photographic and written arts that make up the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. David Cook’s mural on the side of the Ritz Theater interprets the sounds of Theater Latté Da’s 2019-2020 season. Reporter Karen Kraco told the story of his “Notes” in the Northeaster newspaper and shared this photo with us.

Kevin Cannon designed the calendar and gives us slices of the neighborhoods in his map on the back cover. List of neighborhoods, months, and artists, below.

December 2019 – Bottineau – August Schwerdfeger

January 2020 – Audubon Park – Commission by Damian Schaab

February – Mid-City Industrial – Allan Fix

March – Logan Park – August Schwerdfeger

April – Beltrami – Josh Mortenson

May – Holland – Mike Anderson

June – Saint Anthony East – Commission by Michele Combs

July – Sheridan – Mike Madison

August – Columbia Park – Josh Mortenson

September – Northeast Park – Brendan Kramp

October – Waite Park – Mark Peterson

November – Windom Park – Alexander Schlee

December – Saint Anthony West – Karen Kraco

January 2021 – Marshall Terrace – Karen Kraco

2019 – Open District

First weekend in November – November 1-2-3, 2019 – it’s time for open studios at the major art buildings in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Enjoy Thorp Warp, Art Attack at Northrup King Building, Open Casket, California Dreamin, Art This Way at Solar Arts, and Mourning Glory at Rogue Buddha Gallery. More details at and on Facebook.

2018 – Open District is Nov. 2-4, many art buildings/studios open to tour

Enjoy holiday shopping, music, food trucks and more at selected buildings in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District listed on the poster below. Open 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 (Solar Arts closes at 9), Noon-8 Saturday, Nov. 3 and Noon-5 Sunday, Nov. 4. Rogue Buddha Gallery open 3-8 all three days.

Northeast CDC is the fiscal sponsor for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Have fun!

2019 NE Calendars are here!

Congratulations to Kara Van Wyk, cover artist. Her image of the Water Park is also August’s illustration. Here’s a sneak peek of the front and back covers. The back cover shows you a sliver of each artists’ work, and they are listed below by the neighborhood they illustrated. Pick up a calendar at the businesses listed at the end of this post.

Back cover 2019

Here are the neighborhoods and artists:

Audubon – Josh Mortenson   Beltrami – Mark Peterson

Bottineau – Michael Anderson     Columbia Park – Karen Kraco

Holland – Jason Jenkins     Logan Park – Loretta Bebeau

Marshall Terrace – Alex Schlee    Mid-City Industrial – August Schwerdfeger

Northeast Park (and the cover) – Kara van Wyk     Sheridan – Patricia Canney

St. Anthony East – James Nutt    St. Anthony West – Josh Mortenson

Waite Park – Jonathan Mortenson     Windom Park – Karen Kraco

Sponsoring businesses and organizations where you can pick up a calendar free while supplies last:

Akis Breadhaus

Audubon Neighborhood Ass’n

Bottineau Neighborhood Ass’n

Bremer Bank (on Lowry)

California Building and Northeast Minneapolis Arts District

Casket Arts

Central Avenue Liquor

Central Car Wash

Clay Squared to Infinity

Dinsmore Cleaners (both locations)

Dipped & Debris

East Side Neighborhood Services

Eastside Food Coop

Gopher Liquor


Ideal Diner

Indeed Brewing


Logan Park Neighborhood Ass’n

Metro Welding

Moose Bar & Grill

Mother Earth Gardens

Northeast Bank

Northeast Minneapolis Chamber

Northeaster Newspaper

Petscape Grooming

River Liquor

Sarah Jane’s Bakery

Sen Yai Sen Lek

Sentyrz Market

SIP Coffee/Straitline Dance

Stinson Wine & Spirits

The Anchor

The Mill Northeast

Waite Park Community Council

Wells Fargo (on Central)

Windom Park Citizens in Action

2018 NE Calendar Winners!


THE COVER – “13th Ave NE” by Peter S. Johnson

December 2017, St. Anthony East – August Schwerdfeger
January, Bottineau – Jonathan Mortenson
February, Columbia Park – Karen Kraco
March, Mid-City Industrial – Karen Kraco
April, Windom Park – Mark Peterson
May, Beltrami – Jennifer Porwoll
June, Northeast Park – Elizabeth Jensen
July, Waite Park – Karen Kraco
August, Holland – Jennifer Porwoll
September, Sheridan – Alexander Schlee
October, St. Anthony West – David Riewe
November, Audubon Park – Jennifer Porwoll
December 2018, Marshall Terrace – August Schwerdfeger

2017 – Open District/Open Casket


Open District is THIS weekend! Stop in at the participating art buildings and studios to meet some of Northeast’s artists, explore their studios, and acquire original artwork.

EXCITING NE CALENDAR NEWS: The winners of the 2018 NE Calendar contest will be revealed during Open Casket at the Casket Arts Building. Come check them out in Mike Madison’s studio, #110, and see the winning submissions!

UPDATE: New Deadline for the 2018 NE Calendar


We have just extended our submission deadline for the 2018 NE Calendar to MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017.

Please email your images representing Northeast’s 14 neighborhoods to our calendar designer Kevin Cannon:

For more information on how to submit your artwork, please click here:


Thank you and best of luck!


2018 NE Calendar Ads/Sponsorship

Would you like to have your business featured in our 2018 calendar? And/or reserve a certain date to feature a special event (someone’s birthday, anniversary, etc)? Purchasing a 2″x 2″ ad (which includes a FREE line ad) or a line ad in the calendar is a great way to highlight your business or event!

Please keep in mind, requests for specific months are granted on a first come first serve basis. Sign up early!

DEADLINE: October 1st

Click here for more information and to print out a copy of our rate sheet:

2018 NE Calendar Ad/Sponsorship Form

Questions? Email us at