Artists join three more City departments through Creative CityMaking Minneapolis
Five more artists have been embedded in three more City departments to help generate new approaches toward the City’s goal of One Minneapolis. Through Creative CityMaking Minneapolis, the City now has a total of nine artists working for a year in five City departments to create fresh and effective strategies for projects related to the City’s equity priorities.
Creative CityMaking Minneapolis is designed to foster a more equitable Minneapolis by bringing the resources of highly skilled community artists to complex City-community challenges. A joint program of the City’s Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Office with Intermedia Arts, Creative CityMaking is an arts-based innovation initiative within city government that is unique in the nation. The success of the initial pre-pilot year has inspired an investment of more than $1 million from private, federal and municipal resources.
These additional five Creative CityMaking Minneapolis artists will contribute to these projects:
Electoral engagement in the City Clerk’s Office
Artist Jeremiah Bey will work on the electoral engagement project with department staff to help communicate the value of electoral engagement to a range of residents, including through nontraditional media and forums. Specific work includes:
- Developing culturally specific ways to communicate the value of the electoral process to new immigrant communities.
- Developing culturally specific ways to open up existing platforms for civic processes and decision-making including voting and serving on boards and commissions.
- Developing platforms for City staff to effectively engage with underserved communities.
- Overcoming immediate barriers and motivating community interest in election processes and understanding their impacts.
Digital equity in the Information Technology Department
Artists Peter MacDonald and Kirk Washington Jr. will work on the digital equity project. Disparities exist in Minneapolis in age, race and income. These disparities also map to geographic disparities in digital access and digital literacy skills. The department is collaborating with several organizations across Minneapolis to increase residents’ access to computers and the Internet and to increase technology skills within the community.
Tenant voices in the Regulatory Services Department
Artists Mankwe Ndosi and Reggie Prim will collaborate with the Regulatory Services Department to focus primarily on the rental community. The department-artist team will employ arts-based engagement to learn the interests of underserved and underrepresented communities so that department policies can better align with them.
About Creative CityMaking Minneapolis
Creative CityMaking Minneapolis pairs staff in City of Minneapolis departments with experienced community artists to advance the City’s One Minneapolis goal: Disparities are eliminated so all Minneapolis residents can participate and prosper. Creative CityMaking is intended to find ways to involve more people from communities who are typically underrepresented in conventional City projects and processes. A central strategy to this program is the creation of a network of professionals working as creative community leaders within the City’s structure to support the development of healthy, capable and equitable communities.
Published Jun 30, 2015