Weekly Roundup: Oct 2-8

Stay safe and strong, Greater Longfellow.

Rebuilding Greater Longfellow

Longfellow Strong Yard Signs Available at More Locations!
Our Longfellow Strong yard sign fundraiser is going strong! This fundraiser is for and about our community. We want to clarify that Longfellow Strong signs are a fundraiser for the Longfellow Community Council (LCC) to help rebuild our community in a way that preserves our minority-owned businesses and respects black, indigenous and people of color in Longfellow.  LCC represents all Longfellow residents and is particularly focused on reaching residents who have been historically under-represented including people of color, renters, and people experiencing homelessness. The messaging “Longfellow Strong” was chosen to recognize and display the amazing solidarity across our community following the recent unrest.

Signs are $10 each and available (Additional locations TBD):
• Every Monday from 11am-1pm at the LCC Office | ABC Construction bldg. 2727 26th Ave S. 
• Fireroast Cafe & Wine Bar | 3800 37th Ave S 
• East Lake Liquor Store | 3937th Ave S 
• The Fix Studio | 3725 Minnehaha Ave. 
• Mother Earth Gardens | 3738 42nd Ave S


Save the Date:

Join Our Board of Directors
We have openings coming up on our Board of Directors! (Elections will be held during our Best [zoom] Meeting Ever: General Membership Meeting, Oct 27 6-7:30pm)
OPEN SEATS AND RESTRICTIONS There are 13 available seats.
• Cooper Neighborhood: 2 seats that have 1-year terms 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Cooper Neighborhood to run for these seats
• Hiawatha Neighborhood: 1 seat that has a 1-year term 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Hiawatha Neighborhood to run for these seats
• Howe Neighborhood: 2 seats that have 1-year terms 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Howe Neighborhood to run for these seats
• Longfellow Neighborhood: 1 seat that has a 1-year terms 1 seat that has a 2-year term • You MUST live in the Longfellow Neighborhood to fun for these seats
• Community Representative: 2 seats that have 1-year terms • You may live anywhere in the Greater Longfellow community to run for these seats
• Business: 1 seats with a 1-year term You must own a business in Greater • Longfellow or work at one and be authorized by the owner to run for this seat.
Interested in running? Check out the job description: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sz18k9sk2nzrtbk/%20BOARD%20JOB%20DESCRIPTION%20copy.doc?dl=0
And you can apply here: https://forms.gle/SXpm767WciXhyiS68

Submit a Question for the Meeting:
Do you have a question for our elected officials, the Police Inspector our LCC board, or for LCC in general? Submit your question with the form found here: https://longfellow.org/2020/08/17/gmm2020/ During the meeting, questions will be chosen at random, due to time restraints, some questions might not be answered during our GMM Zoom session.

The Neighborhood by the Falls is AVAILABLE! Click on the link:  https://squareup.com/market/longfellow-community-council/  and scroll down to the “Merchandise” and click on the image of the book (feel free to donate or buy any other awesome merch while you’re at it!) and choose how many you want. Then pick up at the LCC offices. WE DON’T HAVE SHIPPING CAPABILITIES–Sorry.


Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Vote by Mail

Apply now to get your ballot for the general election
Want to make sure your ballot will be returned on time to count for the general election on Nov. 3?

Apply now and get your ballot right when early voting opens – ballots will be mailed out starting Sept. 18. This will ensure plenty of time to receive your ballot, vote, and then return your ballot using the postage-paid envelope.

Apply on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website

Learn more about how the City is working to ensure a safe election season during the pandemic.


You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.
Locations: All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.
  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk’s office for more information.

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)
  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.
  • This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections. 

Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction for more information.2020 Early Voting Dates: GENERAL ELECTION
First day to vote early in person: Friday, September 18
Last day to vote early in person: Monday, November 2

Have you heard about the Adopt-a-Drain MN program?
It encourages citizens to protect our local lakes and rivers by spending as little as 15 minutes, twice a month cleaning their neighborhood storm drains! You can help spread the word by organizing a group of volunteers to distribute door flyers in your neighborhood. This is an easy, fun, and socially distant volunteer activity that helps educate people about a few simple steps they can take to improve our natural waters. If you’re interested in volunteering contact us at Lane.christianson@minneapolismn.gov

ALDI has reopened September 30th! Welcome back to the community

The application process is open for a new round of Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement Grants.
Approximately $280,000 is available, with a maximum award of $50,000 and a minimum award of $2,500. Applications will be accepted until November 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm. The competitive review will begin after the application deadline. The Request for Proposals and application are available on the programs website at https://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/gfapequipmentgrant.

The Trylon Cinema​ is once again showing films. Last weekend we had audiences of up to 10 people (we have set our limit at 20). Remember, at this time masks are required in the Trylon Cinema. That means box office AND auditorium, mouth AND nose. Forget your mask at home? We’ll give you one! https://www.trylon.org/

Friday, Oct 2

Moonfest: From Dusk Til Dawn w/ University of Minnesota Twin Cities @ 5:30pm
Fly through time with us (from dusk til dawn) as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. We’ll be making paper lanterns, fortune telling and more! *materials will be provided in a goodie bag* Sign up for a time/location to pick up your goodie bag here: https://z.umn.edu/casapickup
RSVP FOR ZOOM LINK (open until the end of event):  https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItf-uprDMiHtKti9acyWB1lmrO8RfpU_UX

Munson-Hicks Party Supplies Album Release – HookStream @ 8pm • ONLINE EVENT
Live Stream from The Hook and Ladder Theater• Show at 8pm: $18
TICKETS -> https://www.crowdcast.io/e/munson-hicks-partysupplies
#HookStream = Live Streaming Concert Fundraisers for Minnesota Artists & The Hook & Ladder Theater!
Join us for the virtual album release party for Munson-Hicks Party Supplies.

John Munson and Dylan Hicks have worked together in a variety of contexts, most recently as frontmen for Munson-Hicks Party Supplies, whose debut album comes out in the fall of 2020. For that project, Munson is the principal singer and bassist, Hicks the songwriter and pianist. Munson, a founding member of Semisonic, the New Standards, and Trip Shakespeare, was also musical director for Minnesota Public Radio’s Wits. Hicks is a musician, critic, and the author of the novels Boarded Windows and Amateurs. 

Thank you to our partners: Summit Brewing, City Pages, KFAI, The Beer Dabbler, MN Music Coalition, Music in Minnesota, Geek Love Cafe, Nobool Presents, & MN State Arts Board

The Last Man on Earth (1964) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) witnesses the world’s devastation by a relentless virus that leaves him the last person alive. He is hounded at night by murderous former humans and spends his days hunting them down.

The Masque of the Red Death (1964) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 9pm
In this excellent adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale, Prospero (Vincent Price) is a narcissistic, Satan-worshiping prince who captures the young Francesca (Jane Asher) from the local village and hides in his castle with his corrupt courtiers from the oncoming Red Death plague.

Flip the Script Online Fest 2020 • Oct 2 – Oct 3 • ONLINE EVENT
Flip the Script’s first Film Festival is ONLINE! Celebrate multi-faceted queer stories through FliptheScriptFest.Eventive.org during the first Friday and Saturday of October 2020 (10/2-10/3).
These films range from Short Films to Feature Length, Animated, Music Videos, POC, Trans, Poly, Documentaries, Artistic, from Local Minnesotan to Global and more!
All films are available online for 48 hours and have English captions if applicable.
Buy your tickets and passes now and put some time aside on Fri 10/2 and Sat 10/3! FliptheScriptFest.Eventive.org

Flip the Script Fest (FSF) is a Minneapolis, MN based film festival whose mission is to highlight and focus on queer stories that often get overlooked or stereotyped by other films, both mainstream and independent. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

FSF is fiscally sponsored by Springboard for the Arts, make a tax-deductible donation to FSF at GiveMN.org/story/FliptheScriptFest

Saturday, Oct 3

Midtown Farmers Market Saturday Market @ 8am-1pm, Moon Palace Books
Fresh and local food and goods! Join us from 8am to 1pm for a safe and healthy market, right in your backyard. We are still in our temporary location with the help of our gracious hosts, Moon Palace Books!

Reading and Book Launch: Kao Kalia Yang @ 10AM • ONLINE EVENT
Click here to register for this Zoom webinar → https://wlkr.art/2RsiDxB
Join us for a virtual reading of author Kao Kalia Yang’s forthcoming picture book The Most Beautiful Thing, available October 6 from Carolrhoda Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. Yang will be joined in conversation by illustrator Khoa Le as well as partners from St. Paul Public Schools, AMAZEworks, and the Summer Literacy Institute at Hamline University. A Q&A will follow the discussion.

Drawn from the author’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, The Most Beautiful Thing offers a window into the life of a family with little money and a great deal of love. Families and educators will enjoy this touching intergenerational tale.

To purchase a signed copy of the book, visit SubText: A Bookstore. Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American writer and author of the picture books A Map into the World and The Shared Room as well as a number of books for adults, including The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir and The Song Poet. Much of Yang’s work is inspired by the people in her life whose stories have never been part of the bookshelves of a bigger world. She lives in Minnesota. Khoa Le has illustrated picture books published in a number of different countries. She is also an author and a painter. Le has a passion for travel, an eagerness to learn about different cultures, and a desire to discover the beauty of the world. She lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

This live reading and discussion will be captioned. For questions about accessibility at the Walker or to request additional accommodations, email access@walkerart.org or call 612-375-7564.

Notes to Self; A Healing Event for Women of Color W/ Modus Locus @ 5:30pm
Our​ Women of Color programs are geared towards using creative outlets as avenues for healing and normalizing self advocacy and intentionality in women’s lives. At our ​October 3rd​ event at Modus Locus​ we will be bringing WOC from many communities to come heal, connect and grow, during these difficult times of unrest in tension in our city.
Event ” Notes to Self” – Healing event for Women of Color  to share their stories, release, connect, and explore.  5:30pm- 9pm (4 hour event) 
GOAL: 1. Provide an event that creates a healing space focused on connecting women of color to each other through music, food, and workshops 2. Promote community, creativity, and healing initiated by organizations. 
Workshops will explore the following: Healing in Personal Well Being- ​ Topics related to self-care for women , strategies for coping and self-advocacy, achieving work-life balance, and building social support systems.
Reflective dialogue – ​Discussion​ that can be used strategically in real life settings to build community, expand the capacity for listening, and cultivate individual ​identity

The Brave New Workshop: Goes Viral w/ The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre @ 8pm
The Brave New Workshop: Goes Viral returns for season two with more of the hilarious weekly show you’ve come to love! Your favorite BNW personalities will join Caleb McEwen to discuss current events and the ‘unprecedented’ world we’re living in. Join us every Saturday at 8pm central via Facebook, Youtube or on our website.

Full Spectrum: Paintings by Chris Heidman and Lauren Krukowski w/ SOOVac @ 11am
Sometimes we need a quiet space, a moment to reflect on the contours of our existence in the form of color and light. Full Spectrum is a combination of paintings by Chris Heidman and Lauren Krukowski that reflect on that space. What do you see when the everyday is only seen as color and shape, a candy wrapper or a sunset?

Both painters use the abstract image as a point of reflection, to reveal states that defy language. Heidman uses abstraction as a filter for the visual input that is constant in everyday life, using formalism and color theory to make sense of the information influx. Krukowski is fascinated by the relationship between color and light, and often replicates compositions with multiple color relationships to investigate their ability to create and complicate space, mood, and light within an image.  

Chris Heidman is a painter and music producer who currently resides in Minneapolis. Chris grew up in the plains of Iowa, got his BFA from Colorado State and his MFA at University of Minnesota in 1993 in painting. Upon completing his master’s, his music project, “Sukpatch”, was discovered by the legendary John Peel, and was signed by the Beastie Boys to their Capital Records imprint, “Grand Royal”. Sukpatch was an extension of his art, layered, pioneering and experimental. It created a balance between his visual and audio sensibilities. After a decade run working with Hip Hop A-listers, he released records on Sub Pop, Moshi Moshi, Sony, Mo Wax and Grand Royal. He also is the executive producer for HiFi Project, producing music for advertising, and has worked on campaigns with artists such as Diplo, Lizzo, Ciara, DJ Snake, Mark Ronson, and Bruno Mars.

Lauren Krukowski lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been recently included in group exhibitions at the International Print Center, New York and Trestle Gallery. In 2016 she was awarded a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency at Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota. This summer she participated in the Guttenberg Arts Space and Time Artist Residency in Guttenberg, New Jersey. Krukowski holds a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Down in Mississippi at Illusion Theater 2020 • Oct 3 – Oct 4 w/ Illusion Theater @ 7:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
EMAIL info@illusiontheater.org
Illusion Theater has announced its virtual fall season and will be live streaming performances of Carlyle Brown’s play Down in Mississippi on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 4 at 7:00 pm. The play follows three college students traveling to Mississippi in 1964 and celebrates the movement to bring voting rights to Black citizens. Tickets will be free with registration required.

New Age Nostalgia by Vitus Shell W/ SOOVac @ 11am
New Age Nostalgia by Vitus Shell features large scale paintings of the black experience- giving agency to people from community through powerful images deconstructing, sampling, and remixing identity, civil rights, and contemporary black culture. 

Vitus Shellis a mixed-media collage painter born in Monroe, LA, where he lives and works. He received a BFA from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee, 2000 and an MFA from University of Mississippi, 2008. Shell has been in residence at the Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts, Skowhegan School of Art, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Mass MoCA, Joan Mitchell Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Crosstown Arts, Tougaloo Art Colony, and Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA. To date, he has accumulated an impressive list of achievements, some of which include: participating in exhibits at universities, museums, and private galleries across the country including The McKenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans, LA, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, New Orleans Museum of Art, University of Louisiana at Monroe, LA, Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AR, Cue Art Foundation, NYC, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, Tennessee Art Commission Gallery, Nashville, TN, Miami University, Oxford, OH ; painted murals for the National Civil Rights Museum’s NBA Pioneers exhibit, Indianola City Pool in Indianola, MS, Union Parish Elementary School in Farmerville, LA; and being commissioned to do public art by the Memphis UrbanArt Commission. Shell has received numerous grants including the Joan Mitchell MFA Award and Camille Hanks-Cosby Scholarship.

The exhibition will on view Saturdays and Sundays 11-4 or by appointment September 26- October 25. SooVAC is committed to providing a safe and healthy space for our community. Number of visitors will be limited and masks are required. Please email info@soovac.org with any questions or to make an appointment. More info at https://www.soovac.org/new-age-nostalgia-by-vitus-shell

A Raucous Ramble Around Minnehaha Falls w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 1pm
The lost history of Minnehaha Falls includes dance halls, secret saloons, wild behavior, lawsuits and whiskey.  Join historian Karen Cooper for a 1 mile walk as she tours the places in Minnehaha Park where all this mayhem occurred a hundred years ago. Crooks, landowners, saloon owners, and hoteliers went to the Falls to turn a profit or to raise a little ruckus. The conflict between moral upright society and the dissipated partiers at the Falls is a fascinating and forgotten story.

This small, in-person walking tour is limited to 10 participants, along with two guides and an HHM staff member. Masks are required for everyone except the presenters. We ask that participants maintain 6 feet of social distance between households.


Sunday, Oct 4

Online Meditation for People of Color w/  The Yoga Room @ 6:30pm
Mending Our Hearts in Times of Grief and Fear.
“Join us for guided meditation, movement, and circle-sharing, and body practices presented in Resmaa Menakem’s masterpiece, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Spirits.”

Come join Zenzele and Northside meditation community. In these online sessions we will gather with many others that share our experience for some lightly guided meditation, yogic movement, and discussion on how to best support our minds, bodies and spirits in the midst of daily change. This is a donation based offering, pay what you can. Donations can be made via paypal to zisoke@aol.com

Monday, Oct 5

Apartheid in Minneapolis? – Talking about Racial Disparities @ 5pm [BACKYARD SPEAKER SERIES]
“Apartheid in Minneapolis” is a 90 minute, OUTDOOR presentation examining racial disparities in five systems: Housing, Wealth, Health, Public Schools & Public Safety. Local activist & organizer Sara Spafford-Freeman will present detailed data she’s compiled illustrating deep and persistent disparities in our community – some of the worst in the United States. 
It is a call to action & awareness building of how systems of white supremacy actually “look” and function in the city of Minneapolis.

The Last Man on Earth (1964) w/ Trylon Cinema @ 7pm
Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) witnesses the world’s devastation by a relentless virus that leaves him the last person alive. He is hounded at night by murderous former humans and spends his days hunting them down.

Consumer Protection: Fighting Fraud and Loss by Being Informed w/ Wings for Widows @ 10am • ONLINE EVENT
Crimes are on the increase by scams, identity theft, and consumer fraud.  Widows can be especially vulnerable and are targeted by criminals, using technology and personal information to steal money and credit. 
This class will teach how scams work so you can prevent them before they happen.  Information is the best tool to protect yourself.  Participants in this virtual class must register and class size is limited to 20 persons. 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬:  $𝟐𝟎.
October 5, 2020 – Be A Critical Thinker
October 12, 2020 – Protection at Home
October 19, 2020 – Websites, Social Media, & Emails
October 26, 2020 – Identity Theft, Scams & Fraud
November 2, 2020 – Banking & Financials
November 9, 2020 – Insurance & Health Care

EDTalks: Championing Black Student Achievement @ 7pm • ONLINE EVENT
Join us for two compelling EDTalks on championing black student achievement! Learn how to address misperceptions and reshape our systems to best support Black youth. This month’s presentations and speakers include:  
EDTalk 1: Changing Outcomes for Black Males with Michael V. Walker, Director, Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Black Student Achievement

EDTalk 2: Learn to Read, Learn to Lead with Dr. Artika Tyner, Professor and Founding Director, University of St. Thomas Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice

For more information and to register for this FREE VIRTUAL event, visit our website: https://www.achievempls.org/edtalks-championing-black-student-achievement. EDTalks is co-sponsored by AchieveMpls and The Citizen’s League, with generous support from Bush Foundation and Comcast. #EDTalksMN

Household Maintenance: Safety & Prevention You Must Know w/ Wings for Widows @ 7pm 
Knowing the basics about the systems in your home: Air, Water, Electricity, and Appliances can prevent costly home repairs.  Tasks that only take a few minutes and a little know-how to do can help you avoid a major repair.  
You will learn the important safety features of your home, how and when you should do your own home maintenance, and when to call the pros.  Participants in this virtual interactive class must register; class size is limited to 20 persons.  𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬:  $𝟐𝟎.
Monday Evenings 7-8pm CST, weekly for six weeks via ZOOM online
October 5, 2020 – Safety First
October 12, 2020 – Know your utilities and how the home appliances function
October 19, 2020 – When to hire a professional
October 26, 2020 – Getting dirty
November 2, 2020 – Preventative Maintenance
November 9, 2020 – All hands-on tools!


Tuesday, Oct 6

Virtual Screening: Coded Bias • Oct 6 – Oct 12 • ONLINE EVENT
Limited tickets will go on sale for this virtual screening beginning at 10 am (CDT) on Tuesday, October 6. Get tickets and watch Coded Bias here → wlkr.art/2DSd34F from October 6–12. 

“Coded Bias takes you to the front lines of the digital revolution.” —Chicago Reader

In Shalini Kantayya’s provocative new documentary feature, MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that facial recognition technology does not see race and gender accurately. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral. What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against?

Coded Bias explores the fallout of this discovery and weaves in the stories of an emerging generation of women working as data scientists, mathematicians, and activists in the United States, the UK, South Africa, and China. Together they lead the fight to protect our civil rights in the face of increasing corporate surveillance and algorithmic oppression. Drawing from stylistic sci-fi elements to visualize its concepts, Coded Bias inspires and engages audiences to reimagine tech and civil rights around the world. 2020, US, digital, 90 min.
Related event:
Meet filmmaker Shalini Kantayya during our related panel Futures Focus: Race and Technology with Valeria Lopez (UMN College of Design), and guests from the Walker’s Design for Different Futures exhibition, on October 8 at 7 pm.

Let’s Get Uncomfortable: A Space to Talk About Racism and Being Anti-Racist @ 6:30pm • ONLINE EVENT
Racism is everybody’s problem, and it’s well past time to start talking about it. In this conversation series, Let’s Get Uncomfortable, we’re asking you to do just that. LGU is a facilitated space to get people (particularly white people) to talk about racism, its consequences, and how we all share the responsibility to do the work for change. Need a place to start? Here you go, get uncomfortable with us.
**NOTE: Space is limited to 25 attendees. Please use the provided link to register. And when registering, please consider making a donation to Danger Boat Productions.

Wednesday, Oct 7

BIPOC Practice at George Floyd Memorial Square w/ DYFIT? @ 5:30pm
The Ancestors used dance and music for healing, awakening, energizing, connecting, communicating, and understanding. Don’t You Feel It Too? is a contemporary form of old wisdom and a learning process to build BIPOC community. We dance and move, express and heal, create and stay strong as a community in these moments of great challenge and great opportunity.
LOCATION: We will practice at George Floyd Memorial Square at 38th & Chicago. Meet us outside the Speedway at 3744 Chicago Ave S.
PREPARE: The DYFIT practice uses your personal music device that fits in your pocket, like a phone, so have your favorite pocket music and earbuds. Wear good shoes, and dress for comfort and weather. For Covid-19 safety, we require face covering for in-person practice sessions. The Wednesday BIPOC sessions are 90 minutes long.
INSTRUCTIONS: These are the 10-word set of instructions we will lead you through:
1. Love your music
2. Move honestly (fearlessly)
3. Feel what you feel
SAFETY: We remind you of COVID-19 safety guidelines:
+ Stay at least six feet away from others outside your household.
+ Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover.
+ Stay home if you may have Covid-19 symptoms.
+ If you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days after participating in an in-person session, please help us trace contacts by emailing info@dyfit.org.

Demetrius McClendon, who also goes by ImagineJoy, began dancing with street hip-hop at the age of 15; they have traveled nationally and internationally as a professional concert dancer/choreographer sharing their love and passion for the arts. Believing wholeheARTedly in the power of loving action, radical imagination, and spiritual practice, they co-create with others to facilitate experiences that ignite creative possibilities and empower beloved community. The DYFIT community feels fortunate to have Demetrius working with us as the BIPOC Practice lead artist and Cohort member.

Online Macrame Class 10/7 w/ Rock Paper Scissors Goods @ 6:30pm
Join Erin with Juniper + Oak in another fun Macrame Zoom Class. Make TWO super cute keychains – one for you and one for a friend 🙂 A perfect gift! All materials will be supplied and delivered to you (included in class fee) Tickets include the materials kit and live step-by-step instructions via Zoom. So, get comfy at home and get ready to CRAFT together! Hey, invite some friends to take the class with you. We will meet at 6:30PM CST on Zoom. All classes require registration as spaces and materials are limited. You will also get your choice of 2 colors for your keychains- Color Options: (In order L to R in photo) -Light Gray -Army Green -Natural -Charcoal Gray -Rust -Navy Blue -Mustard Yellow After registration we will reach out for your address and color choices.

An Evening with Alison Bechdel @ 7:20pm
This is a Zoom online event presented by the Department of English. Bechdel is the bestselling author of the graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which was adapted into a Broadway musical that won five Tony Awards, and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama. For 25 years Bechdel created and self-syndicated the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, in part while living in Minnesota. Presented by the Esther Freier Lectures in Literature and English. Register here: https://forms.gle/cjMqxiHhZZwyJvnn7. Free!
For more info, email sutt0063@umn.edu

Thursday, Oct 8

Votes for Women Walking Tour w/ Hennepin History Museum @ 5:30pm
Historian Jacqui deVries will lead a 2-mile tour of womens suffrages sites in downtown Minneapolis. Walk in the footsteps of local activists and reformers of a century ago. You will see glimpses of their world, their challenges, and their values. You will also explore how the suffrage movement fell short in the quest for full inclusivity. 

This in-person walking tour is limited to 10 participants plus 2 hosts. Masks are required for everyone except the presenter. We ask participants to maintain 6 feet of distance between households.

About the presenter: Jacqueline R. DeVries is Professor of History at Augsburg University. She is President of the Board of Directors at HHM and co-curated the Votes for Women exhibit. A digital version of this tour, which deVries researched and wrote with her undergraduate students, can be found at http://digitours.augsburg.edu/tours/show/7. Meet the historian behind the tour and get the inside scoop on the suffrage movement in Hennepin County.

Virtual Talk: Jack Becker on The Challenge of Making Public Art Public w/ 11am • ONLINE EVENT
You’re invited to join the Friends of the Institute for a FREE virtual event with Jack Becker, “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Challenge of Making Public Art Public.”

Jack Becker has been in the field of contemporary public art for more than 43 years as an artist, producer, curator, writer, publisher, arts administrator, and more. Despite the omnipresence of public art, Becker contends it remains unknown, overlooked, and misunderstood. “It’s no wonder people aren’t sure what it is,” Becker says, “It’s not taught in schools—even in many art colleges—and audiences have no idea where it comes from, who created it, what it means, what it takes to produce or how it was selected.”

Today public art has gained currency. While the COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered many museums, galleries, and theaters, public spaces have remained open and public art more present, and topical, in our cultural lives. With the civic unrest following the murder of George Floyd, countless murals have gone up and statues have come down. Yet what have we learned about the field, and what has the field learned about the power of public art to improve our lives? Becker will share his thoughts, reflect on insights gained during his decades-long career, and engage audience members in a dialogue about the many challenges facing the field.

Jack Beckeris a Minneapolis-based artist, founder of the nonprofit Forecast Public Art (https://forecastpublicart.org/), and founding publisher of Public Art Review, an international magazine devoted to contemporary public art. He grew up in St. Louis, where he studied theater and visual arts with a focus on collaboration, experimentation, and interactive installation work. He is currently an active member of the local art-car community. In addition to Forecast, Becker served as Art in Public Places coordinator for the City of Minneapolis and Arts Development Manager for the City of St. Paul. Becker received the 2007 Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts and the 2014 Public Art Dialogue Lifetime Achievement Award, a program of the College Art Association. In 2016, he received the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Reserve your ticket online here: bit.ly/3hYttqh, or by calling 612.870.6323. A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

White Allies practice w/ DYFIT @ 5pm
This weekly practice supports white allies in cultivating a sustainable, deeply rooted, and joyous relationship with racial justice and racial healing work. We welcome white allies at any step in their journey. Racial justice is a life practice – an embodied approach to bringing our whole selves to the work of liberation, and a way of relating that informs each breath we take together on this earth.
PREPARE: The DYFIT practice uses your personal music device that fits in your pocket, like a phone, so have your favorite pocket music and earbuds. Wear good shoes if you care to take your practice outside, and dress for comfort and weather. The Thursday white allies sessions are 75 minutes long.
LOCATION: Meet at West River Parkway & 24th Street East
These are the 10-word set of instructions we will lead you through:
1. Love your music;
2. Move honestly (fearlessly);
3. Feel what you feel.
SAFETY: We remind you of the Minneapolis Parks Board’s current safety recommendations, including:
+ Stay at least six feet away from others outside your household.
+ Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover.
+ Be prepared for public restrooms and water fountains to be closed.
+ Do not use parks if you may have Covid-19 symptoms.
+ If you test positive for Covid-19 within 10 days after participating in an in-person session, please help us trace contacts by emailing info@dyfit.org.
HOSTED BY: Laura Levinson (DYFIT Programs Manager) is a movement artist, herbalist, and arts organizer. Laura has been performing and creating work in the Twin Cities for the past 6 years with Aniccha Arts, BareBones Puppets, and a variety of other beloved collaborators. They recently received an Artist Initiative grant from the MN State Arts Board to produce Dumpster Fire, an evening of Queer & Trans performance at Franconia Sculpture Park. Laura has worked with DYFIT since 2015. Among the programs Laura manages is the artist-healer-activist Cohort, a diverse group at the core of the DYFIT practice.

Wendy C. Morris, Director of Creative Leadership Studio, dances at the intersection of systems change, leadership development, mindfulness and innovation. A consultant, coach and process artist, she collaborates with several global networks for change. In the 1990’s she cofounded the White Women’s Race Lab, a collective of 5 somatic therapists, and artist/activists committed to racial justice who met regularly for 20 years to support an on-going journey of awareness and everyday action.



City of Minneapolis Updates & Info

Public comment period set Oct. 8 to hear public safety comments
The Public Health & Safety Committee of the City Council has set a public comment period at the beginning of its next meeting to hear from the public about public safety.
Public safety public comment period: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

To comment at the committee meeting, sign up in advance on the City website. The City has an obligation to ensure all of its public meetings comply with the law and that full and fair access is available to anyone interested in participating. State statute requires us to provide a minimum of three days public notice prior to a public comment period.

 Election Day is approaching: Make a plan to cast your ballot 
We’re just five weeks away from Election Day, Nov. 3. Early voting began on Sept. 18 and the City has mailed over 130,000 requested mail ballots out to voters. Voting by mail is CDC recommended this year, but you may still vote in person either early or on Election Day.

The Early Vote Center, 980 E. Hennepin Ave., makes early in-person voting more convenient for Minneapolis voters. It’s especially helpful to people who need language support or other special accommodations, such as curbside voting. While we are in a pandemic, voting early can help people avoid lines and crowds at polling places on the day of the election.

The Early Vote Center’s hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed Monday, Oct. 12).The center will have extended hours for the final two weeks of voting, including Saturday and Sunday hours. For the last seven days of early voting, the City will open two additional Early Vote Centers. All early voting hours and locations are posted on the Elections & Voter Services website.

 Office of Violence Prevention presents community engagement timeline for transforming public safety work
The City Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee has approved an outline for expansive community engagement on how to improve our public safety system in Minneapolis. Under the proposed plan, community members citywide will have opportunities to offer feedback on alternatives to policing and police responses, public health-oriented violence prevention, and law enforcement reforms and/or changes to protocols and practices.

The process is divided into four parts:

  1. Phase One (October-December 2020): A community survey and public forums focused on the current model of community safety and opportunities for changes, with a synthesis of initial themes presented to the City Council in early December along with a draft vision for consideration and adoption by the City Council.
  2. Phase Two (January-March 2021): Public forums for community members to review and confirm the themes and goals established in the first phase plus a deeper dive into ideas for a new public safety model to help inform draft recommendations of action steps to realize the established vision and goals.
  3. Phase Three (April-May 2021): Opportunities to offer feedback on draft recommendations at public forums and online.
  4. Phase Four (June-July 2021): Recommendations will be refined and finalized, incorporating community feedback gathered throughout the engagement process, with a final report to the City Council on strategies for building a new model for community safety.

Read more

 Fall street sweeping begins Oct. 20
Crews will sweep streets across Minneapolis next month to clean the streets before winter to keep leaves and debris out of the storm drains and ending up in our lakes and rivers as much as possible.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Minneapolis Public Works will begin the big task of curb-to-curb sweeping and leaf collection on streets throughout the city. During the four weeks of the comprehensive fall street sweep, crews will clean about 1,000 miles of city streets. To make sure crews can do the best job possible, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted at least 24 hours in advance so streets will be clear of cars when they’re swept. The first signs will be posted Monday, Oct. 19, and sweeping will begin the next day. Anyone who parks on the street will need to follow posted parking rules or their cars may be ticketed and towed. Read more and find ways to stay informed of the parking rules.

Park Board updates on encampments 
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) limits the total number of parks available for temporary encampments and the number of tents per encampment. It has also established a temporary permit that can be issued to an individual or body that agrees to be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of an encampment.

The board’s regulations respond to the growing number of people experiencing homelessness who are living in parks temporarily until dignified alternative spaces can be found. The MPRB is working with state, county and city health and human service agencies to find short, medium and long-term solutions.
For the latest information on encampment locations and Park Board actions, go to minneapolisparks.org/encampments

Learn more about the City’s work with partners responding to the increase in homeless encampments. 

38th & Chicago update: Staff seeking feedback on interim winter design options
Minneapolis Public Works is considering options for an interim winter street design for Chicago Avenue between 37th and 39th Street, and 38th Street between Elliot Avenue and Columbus Avenue. Public Works is working to ensure that essential access is retained through the winter. Ensuring essential winter access requires some adjustments in the area; no decision has been made on the final details of the winter design or timing of implementation. 

Based on community feedback about the streets, Public Works has developed options for an interim winter design for streets in the area. These designs work to:

  • Preserve space for mourning and reflection.
  • Increase public visibility and safety.
  • Preserve as much public art as possible.
  • Ensure essential winter access is retained for emergency vehicles, utilities, local deliveries, and local residents.
  • Improve business, resident, and transit access.
  • Provide an interim design, not a return to normalcy.

Review the design options.  
You can share feedback on the winter options in this questionnaire, which is open through Sunday, Oct. 4.  
Visit the City’s website to learn more.

Reminder: City seeking diversity of applicants for fall openings on boards and commissions appointments
A reminder as application review nears: 24 City boards and commissions have openings for appointments this fall. The City seeks applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences representing the demographics of Minneapolis to strengthen the work of the City. Translation and interpreting services are available so all residents can participate. The positions are open until filled; application review begins Sept. 30 unless marked otherwise.

City boards and commissions have brought forward recommendations that resulted in renter protections, wage protections and a ban on a hazardous chemical in dry cleaning. Board and commission members in the City of Minneapolis help shape key policy decisions, give community-based input into the City’s administration of services and supply valuable insights.

People can apply through the open position pages linked here and stay up to date on vacancies, position descriptions and timelines by visiting minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings. Applications are open now.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

Free COVID-19 testing events coming up
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 tests in Minneapolis communities. All are welcome. You do not need insurance for the test.

  • Masjid An-Nur Mosque, 1729 N. Lyndale Ave. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 Somali interpreters will be available. Register onsite.
  • New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2507 Bryant Ave. N. 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Pre-registration is available soon, or register onsite.
  • St. Peter’s AME, 401 E. 41st St. 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 Pre-registration is available soon, or register onsite.

You can expect to get your test results in about two business days.
Resources: The COVID-19 test is free, and you do not need insurance for the test. If you need medical care but don’t have health insurance, the Minnesota Department of Health offers resources to find low-cost health care or health insurance.

Testing for other communities
Free COVID-19 tests focused on the Cedar-Riverside community hosted by Pillsbury United
 1-4 p.m. every Friday Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. Note: Double-check with Pillsbury United for possible updates before heading over. If you are unable to attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

 State executive order suspending evictions extended until Oct. 12; rental assistance available through Hennepin County
The governor’s latest extension of the peacetime emergency means that the suspension of evictions and landlord-initiated lease terminations remains in place until Oct. 12.

This suspension will allow households to remain sheltered during the peacetime emergency. The executive order does not relieve a tenant’s obligation to pay rent.

While the eviction moratorium continues, housing providers can evict a tenant when the tenant violates a lease by endangering the safety of others, engaging in certain illegal activities, or significantly damaging property. Evictions can also proceed if the homeowner or their family member needs to move into the premises or if a writ of recovery was issued prior to March 24 at 5 p.m.

Emergency rental assistance
Hennepin County offers emergency rental assistance for residents with low incomes who have been financially harmed by COVID-19. Residents can learn more and apply at www.hennepin.us/rent-help and find more information here:


Ways to Help

How to donate food & supplies If you’re moved to support your community by donating food, the best way to reach hungry people is through food shelves. And the best way to help food shelves is with monetary donations. The dollars go much further through their own purchases, it prevents food donations from spoiling, and it allows the food shelves to purchase specific items that are needed for the community. Please note that Minneapolis Public Schools is not able to accept food donations or supplies at its food distribution sites or schools at this time. For information on how to support food shelves and meal sites, please visit the Health Department’s food donations page or view the pdf for specific needs shared by food shelves.

RLM & Peace Coffee Food Pantry • Distribution is 2:00-5:00 Tuesdays and Fridays
Donations taken from 1:00 – 5:00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to the door on the 33rd st side of the building.
Cash donations go to Venmo: @gabs-Semansky
Current needs: Baby supplies and personal hygiene products including soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, toilet paper.
Household goods such as Laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels.

Virtual concerts, events, tours, and children’s activities to entertain everyone during social distancing:

Mill City Times Digital Puzzle of the Week: “Blaze of Glory”

Sioux Chef’s Sean Sherman

13th Annual Homes by Architects (Virtual) Tour
September 26 – October 10

Illusion Theater’s Down in Mississippi
October 3 and 4

Minnesota Historical Society Artist in the Gallery: Randilynn Boucher-Giago
Tuesday, October 13, 2 – 3 pm

Minnesota Historical Society Brown Bag History: A Conversation on Indigenous Perspectives of Museums
Thursday, October 15, 12 noon – 1 pm

2020 Posters for Parks Virtual Show
Saturday, October 17, 5 – 6 pm

Schubert Club Virtual Concerts

Vocal Essence 1020-2021 Virtual Season