Sign up for a Cultural Context Tour
City departments and divisions may now sign up for new Cultural Context Tours. The tours, an initiative of the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, provide information and training about Minneapolis’ diverse communities. The goal is to foster relationships between City departments and communities through thoughtful and meaningful conversations.
The tours take City staff outside City buildings to meet with various community leaders in many of Minneapolis’ significant cultural and community-based locations. Immersive and experience based, they create an atmosphere for authentic dialogue by bringing City staff to community leaders so they can learn about each community’s initiatives and concerns.
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department recently hosted the City Clerk’s Elections and Voter Services Division through a series of Cultural Context Tours. The first day included presentations from members of American Indian, Latino, disability and East-African communities at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Waite House and Brian Coyle Center. The second day included presentations by people in Southeast Asian and African communities at the Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association and the Phyllis Wheatley Center. The subjects covered:
- Historical context: General history of the communities: how, since when and why they are in Minneapolis.
- Community dynamics: The makeup of communities and diverse populations within each community as well as cultural norms and practices.
- Engagement: Ways City employees can effectively communicate and engage with those communities.
If you are interested in participating in the next tour, which is anticipated to occur in late August, please contact Christina Kendrick, 612-673-3952.
Published Jun 30, 2015