Weekly Roundup April 30-May 6

WE NEED a quick moment of your time! As your neighborhood organization for Greater Longfellow (Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods) we need at least 30 residents to vote to approve our Bylaw Amendments. They are a quick read:

Article VI. Board of Directors
An addition was made to Section E. DUTIES OF DIRECTORS.  The addition is in bold and adds new language about how Directors communicate with each other, staff and the community.

Section F.  OFFICERS, 1.a, and 1.d
Minor grammatical changes

Section F.  OFFICERS, 2.
Additional language to explain the role of the Board President

Section F.  OFFICERS, 6
An additional paragraph is added to explain decision making of the Executive Committee

Article VIII Committees, Section A. 1
Additional language added to explain management responsibilities of the Executive Committee between the time an Executive Director leaves the LCC and a new Executive Director begins their tenure.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure A.
Language added to define who can file a grievance against the LCC.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure A. a.
a is created to outline the procedure for handling grievances against any member of the Executive Committee.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure B.
Language deleted and added to clarify the process for grievances.

Article XIV Grievance Procedure C.
Language added to explain the responsibility of the Executive Committee to the Board of Directors. 
Additional edits are made adding sections E., F., and G.

Please help us to better serve these wonderful neighborhoods by voting here: https://forms.gle/9GBSsv2iQsSmFTZL6 

Your help is hugely appreciated!
You can find the full Bylaw text here: www.longfellow.org/2021/03/15/2021-proposed-bylaw-amendments/

Voting closes at 5pm on Monday, May 3Attendance at our Annual GMM is not required for you to vote. Voting is open to all residents of Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow neighborhoods. However, if you’re curious what was discussed, you can view the meeting here.


Announcements

Security Lighting Grants Available 
The Longfellow Community Council is now offering grants of up to $200 to reimburse residential property owners in Greater Longfellow for security lighting purchases. For information on eligible project and how to apply, please visit www.longfellow.org/programs/home-security-lighting-grant/ If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact LCC Program Manager Justin Gaarder at: justin@longfellow.org

COMMUNITY SAFETY TRAINING: Pick a Saturday: May 8, or May 22 from 11am–2:30pm
Location: Cedar Ave S & 24th St E Minneapolis, Minnesota – Little Earth Outdoor Auditorium
Learning Objectives: • Identifying their trigger points & anchor points based in Unarmed Civilian Protection. • Strengthen participant’s ability to hold space during actions and crisis points through Healing Justice methodologies. • Provide an overview of commonly used munitions by the state and their remedies. https://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org/articles/940-cst

The Community Safety Training Workshops focus on preparing individuals and communities for handling community safety concerns and situations. The learning objectives are rooted in Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) and aim to supply participants with skills for approaching safety concerns and providing a safe space for the community. These workshops are led by Nonviolent Peaceforce facilitators in partnership with Little Earth Protectors (LEP), American Indian Movement (AIM), Twin Cities Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Cedar-Riverside Community Council. During training, participants will practice building out de-escalation skills, strengthen the participants ability to hold space during actions and crisis points, and be able to hold a healing space grounded in respect and mutual aid/protection for all individuals. 

 Start new low-waste habits by joining the online Zero Waste Challenge
Sign up now for the online Zero Waste Challenge, which runs May 1 to 31.
Many people are interested in avoiding waste, decluttering, and recycling more but aren’t sure where to start. Hennepin County’s Zero Waste Challenge will help you learn more, connect you with resources to help you reduce the waste and clutter in your life, and provide support and motivation along the way.
Past Zero Waste Challenge participants have called the experience eye-opening and a conversation-starter. They said it both educated them and pushed them into action. Some even called it life changing!



Low Income Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has taken action so more Minnesotans can get help on their heating bills, to best serve the urgent needs of Minnesotans affected by COVID-related economic hardships, as well as those facing higher utility bills due to the natural gas price spike in February 2021.  
 
An estimated additional 100,000 Minnesota households are newly eligible for Energy Assistance, through Commerce’s action to raise income eligibility. Commerce also extended the time to apply, so Minnesotans can now apply for Energy Assistance through September 1, 2021.
The Energy Assistance Program can help eligible households by:

  • Paying energy bills, including past due bills, to avoid disconnection
  • Addressing no-heat crisis situations through payments and furnace repair or replacement
  • Providing referrals and advocacy. 

Featured Upcoming & Ongoing Events

Living Well with Chronic Pain
Mondays | May 3-June 14
10am-Noon • Via Zoom
Living Well with Chronic Pain is a group class designed to help participants live a healthy life with chronic pain by managing their symptoms. This program teaches new strategies that will give participants the confidence, motivation, and skills needed to manage living with chronic pain. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
 
This “virtual” six-week class will held via Zoom. If you’re not familiar with Zoom, don’t worry we will help you! There will be an orientation where you will meet one another, practice using Zoom, and receive support for any technical challenges on Monday, April 26 at 10 AM. To register, click here.
Donations accepted based on a cost share.



ENHANCING BIRD HABITAT IN YOUR YARD with Dave Zumeta
Hosted by Daniel Schultz with the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project
Saturday, May 1st, 10:30am-11:30am (Zoom link below)
Do you know how many different kinds of birds occur in the Mississippi River Gorge area of Minneapolis every year?  Most of us don’t, but Dave Zumeta does.  He is a well known Birder, and for over 30 years has been documenting the diverse array of birds that come through the Gorge, part of a major bird migratory route along the Mississippi.
 
Like most wildlife these days, bird populations are shrinking along with their last remaining wild areas.  You can play a pivotal role by planting and landscaping your yard to help birds.  This could even attract one of the many unique, beautiful, and fascinating birds of the River Gorge to your own backyard.
 
Dave Zumeta has been gardening in his yard near Seven Oaks Park for the past 30+ years. His interests include native perennials, trees, and shrubs, with particular focus on enhancing bird habitat. Dave worked for Minnesota DNR for 34 years, mainly in forestry. Dave earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies, with a focus on bird population ecology, an M.S. in Forestry, and a PhD in Forest Policy.  He is also a Garden for Wildlife Mentor with the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project.
Hosted by the Longfellow Community Wildlife Habitat Project (www.longfellowwildlife.blogspot.com)
 
Event linkMay 1, 2021 
Time: May 1, 2021 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89423379053?pwd=QklSOEduVlNXbjMxcTlVZDd2ZTdoUT09
Meeting ID: 894 2337 9053 
Passcode: 288942


2021 RUSTY PATCHED BUMBLE BEE ID CONTEST
We will hold one last contest as our community finishes up the final year of our Lawns to Legumes project, targeted to increase habitat and native plants to support the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bees (which happens to also help many other pollinators, and birds/wildlife in general).
• Prizes will be awarded in Fall for confirmed sightings of the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee using the website www.bumblebeewatch.org to verify your findings (also suggest downloading the phone app).
• Create an account on www.bumblebeewatch.org.  When you see a Bumble Bee, take at least 3 pictures of them (ideally a picture from directly above the bee, a picture of the side, and a picture of their face, but just try your best).  Tip:  some newer cameras allow you to take a video of the Bee, and you can extract and save individual pictures from the video.  Then, if you can, try to name the flower the Bumble Bee was found on, and guess the species of Bumble Bee you found.
• A bee expert will review your sighting and confirm the bee species.
• There are four prize categories, and each prize is up to $100 in value (donated by a few local neighbors, it does not use any grant monies).  This is for residents of Greater Longfellow only.
–1 st PRIZES will go to the FIRST ADULT to successfully ID a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, and another 1st Prize will go to the FIRST KID to ID a Rusty.
— GRAND PRIZES will go to a different adult that identifies the largest NUMBER of Rusty Patched Bumble Bees, and also a Grand Prize for another kid that identifies the MOST Rusty Patched Bumble Bees in 2021.
— Prizes will be awarded some time in the Fall.  The Bumble Bee website does not share your contact info of course, so if you think you are a winner, send your contact info to Daniel Schultz, Habitat Coordinator, at dscultz6@comcast.netIf you would like to contribute a gift certificate towards the Prizes, or have any questions, please also contact Daniel at that same email address.
Need some help identifying a Rusty Patched Bumble Bee?  Elaine Evans from the UofM recently gave a presentation to our community on this very topic. 
Please watch a recording here: Rusty Patched Bumblebee ID with Elaine Evans
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Hd967Rd8nK-7V1vmMRac9QHjNBo80tJDYoAwQuo2KTgjfsmN-U65WBbscmu5d1OE.jGLIRfObNA98gM3z
Access Passcode: %H.rQe7C



Participate in the first ever Minneapolis garden tool swap: Spring is here. Many of us are turning toward our home and green spaces. When cleaning out your storage, hang on to unused yard tools and gardening items.
Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling and community partners will be holding the first ever citywide swap event of garden tools and plant related equipment. From first-time gardeners to those with green thumbs, all are welcome at this free event.
Minneapolis Garden Tool Swap

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8
  • Bring your unused items to a swap event near you. Face masks are required and residents must maintain at least a 6 feet distance from other people.
  • Event locations: Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave S.; Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.; Logan Park, 690 13th Ave NE; and Folwell Park, 1615 Dowling Ave. N.
  • Visit Solid Waste & Recycling’s website for more information.

Friday, Apr 30 

Virtual Talk: Deborah Pierce on Stolen Floral Art w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 7-8pm • Free • Online Event
Online: ticket.artsmia.org
Join us for a peek into the $8-billion world of stolen art.
This is a FREE virtual event that takes place via Zoom. Reserve your tickets here: https://ticket.artsmia.org/…/Virtual-AIB-Talk…

Deborah Pierce’s presentation will focus on floral paintings stolen over the past 80 years. Most of the paintings are by famous artists and are easily recognizable. The stories of the thefts and where the paintings are today provide a fascinating look into investigations of stolen art. Agencies such as the FBI Art Crime Team are on constant alert for clues that might lead to the recovery and return of artworks to their rightful owners.

After 27 years with the FBI, Pierce retired as deputy assistant director of its Criminal Investigative Division in 2006, where she oversaw the FBI Art Theft Team. She went on to establish the Pierce-Weber Partnership and serves on the Consortium for Women Leaders in Public Service.
This virtual event is presented by the Friends of the Institute in alignment with Virtual Art in Bloom. Learn more here: https://new.artsmia.org/artinbloom/

Saturday, May 1

Twin Cities Vintage Fest @ Familia Skate Park w/ Green Threads @ 10am-5pm • Tickets · $5 – $20
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/twin-cities-vintage-fest-tickets-149886254823

You’re invited to spend a day celebrating 80’s and 90’s nostalgia with us at Twin Cities Vintage Fest, Minnesota’s premier pop-culture vintage shopping experience! Featuring a curated collection of over 30 vintage vendors selling men’s & women’s clothing, video games, memorabilia, toys, and more there is a little something for everyone. Step back in time at the vintage video game station, fuel up with nosh’s from the food trucks, enjoy throwback tunes from the live DJ and take pics at our nostalgic photo-ops.

Twin Cities Vintage Fest is an indoor/outdoor event being held at Familia HQ Skatepark from 10am – 5 pm, Rain or shine. This is a LIMITED CAPACITY event with COVID safety policies in place.
Tickets are limited and available NOW: GA Admission $5 • Early Bird Admission $20
GA Event Hours: 11am – 5pm
Get first dibs with an Early Bird Ticket. Early Bird Ticket Holders will be allowed to enter the event at 10am for exclusive first access to the event and vendor merchandise.
Learn More: www.TCVintageFest.com 



Hysterical Girl: A conversation with filmmaker Kate Novack w/ Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute & Rochester Women Magazine @ 11am • Free • Online Event
Online: tickettailor.com
On Saturday May 1, director Kate Novack will be in conversation with Professor Madelon Sprengnether, free of charge and open to the public. This conversation will orient around the making of Novak’s Hysterical Girl, shortlisted for the Academy Award in the Documentary Film Short Subject category. Hysterical Girl takes a critical look at Sigmund Freud’s famous Dora case, his only extensive case study focused on a woman. The film and conversation will touch on issues of craft in filmmaking, research and artistic process, as well as urgent contemporary topics including feminism, the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault in society and institutions, the complex history of psychoanalysis, and more.

The film (13:27min) is available to watch in full here: https://vimeo.com/513447435/f463c2342f
It is recommended that you watch the film before attending the conversation.
Sign up for the conversation here: https://www.tickettailor.com/…/stillpointmagazine/501709
This event has been made possible through a collaboration with MPSI and Stillpoint Magazine.



The Most Brave Girl In The Whole Wide World w/ The Wildwood Theatre, May 1 @ 6pm – May 31 @ 11:30pm • $10 • Online Event
A Wildwood Theatre Virtual adaptation that explores the indirect ways that are all we can sometimes manage when asking for help.
NEED FREE TICKETS? TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR RADICAL HOSPITALITY PROGRAM→ (WILDWOODTHEATRE.COM/RADICALHOSPITALITY)

A college student with a secret pays a visit to his former Catholic high school teacher, Sister Agatha. Adapted for the screen, this play explores an eloquent conversation on religion and remorse, confessions, and connections.



Jewelry & Accessory Makers Mart Online Spring 2021 w/ Walker Shop and Walker Art Center, May 1 @ 10am – May 2 @ 5pm • Free • Online Event
Online: shop.walkerart.org
Celebrate spring with an artful look! Our Jewelry & Accessory Makers Mart returns online with a collection of one-of-a-kind products made by local artists—available for a limited time only. Support our Twin Cities maker community, find a fabulous gift for Mother’s Day, and treat yourself.

Makers include: Amy Torello, Ann Erickson, Beth Novak Enamels, BMF Jewelry, Bridget Clark Design, Camille Hempel Jewelry, Chroma Jewelry, Cosette Design, Dottir Jewelry, Emily Madland Jewelry, Helen Wang Jewelry, Hideaway Leathercraft, Itsnoname Design, Julie Meyer Handbags, Karin Jacobson Design, MEND Jewelry, Npauj Jewelry, Robin Ann Meyer Scarves, ROX Jewelry, Silvercocoon, Solid Design Studios, Vikse Designs, Willa Burke Wilson, and Yen Chee Design.

Members Shop First. Members enjoy early access to the Makers Mart and save 10% discount on all purchases. Join or renew online or by calling 612-375-7655. 




Sunday, May 2

Purple Door Book Club w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 5:30pm • Free • Online Event
Calling all readers around the ages of 8-12! Join The Purple Door Book Club once a month to talk about books.
We meet one Sunday a month at 5:30PM CT / 6:30PM ET. Currently, all of our meetings are VIRTUAL! Email book club leader Linda at linda@wildrumpusbooks.com for more information.

Sunday, May 2, 5:30pm: CAN YOU SEE ME? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
Mention that you are a book club member in the order comments at checkout for a 20% discount on each month’s book!



The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1 w/ Walker Art Center and The Great Northern, May 2 @ 7pm – May 3 @ 11:59pm • Free • Online Event
Click to buy tickets for this virtual performance → https://wlkr.art/3gonXxK
“Brittelle has been drawing from his varied experiences in classical music, punk rock, and electronica to produce silo-bombing music that is at once free-ranging, formally adventurous, unconventionally beautiful, and a joyful thrill to experience.” —The Nation

Using the symbology of our shared past to look forward into an uncertain future of climate change, this supergroup concert debuts the first material generated through The Meta Simulacrum, an interdisciplinary, alternate-reality digital platform designed by composer William Brittelle. The performance features newly composed songs for an electro-acoustic ensemble of dynamic musical polymaths. This uniquely collaborative project draws from alternative classical, jazz, neo-soul, and experimental rock worlds with recontextualized elements of ’80s sound. Among the work’s inspirations are the writings of preeminent conservationist William deBuys. When asked how best to approach the irreversible effects of climate change, deBuys advocates for a deep sense of elegy—a sincere, heartfelt farewell anchored by a palpable sense of loss. Join us to experience this timely and provocative project that provides a sound look at a global crisis through music and communal introspection.

Featuring: Holland Andrews (Like A Villain), Channy Leaneagh (Poliça), Will Johnson (WILLS), Immanuel Wilkins (sax), Ian Chang (percussion), Rafiq Bhatia (guitar), Erika Dohi (synthesizers), Chris Fishman (keys), Jackson Hill (bass), and members of the Cincinnati Symphony. A conversation with Brittelle and a number of the participating artists follows the presentation. Commissioned by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Copresented by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, The Great Northern, and the Walker Art Center.

This performance is preceded by an artist talk. Watch the free artist talk on February 5 here → http://wlkr.art/2MWRzYl
How to View: This event may be viewed for free but a $20 donation is suggested to help support the artistic programs of the Walker and the Great Northern.
• View the exclusive online world premiere on Sunday, May 2, 7 pm (CDT).
• The virtual performance is available to view Sunday, May 2, 7 pm, through Monday, May 3, 11:59 pm (CDT).
• Ticket sales will end on Monday, May 3 at 9 pm (CDT).
Accessibility: The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1 will have closed captioning. For more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email access@walkerart.org.
Art + Climate: A two-part performance seriesArtists everywhere are finding themselves drawn to confronting the monumental scale of the global climate catastrophe, employing human creativity to process and act on what is clearly in front of us. Two new performance works—theater/filmmaker Josh Fox’s The Truth Has Changed (2021 Edition) and composer William Brittelle’s The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1—both in partnership with the Great Northern—mourn futures already lost, insist on environmental justice, and reimagine new ways to live less destructively.

Monday, May 3

Tuesday, May 4

Mental Health Awareness: Screening Tools and Resources w/ Minneapolis VA Health Care System @ Noon-12:45pm • Free • Online Event
Online: teams.microsoft.com
Mental wellness is an important component of every person’s overall health and wellbeing. Part of taking care of one’s mental wellness is by being aware of your mental health and knowing when it might be helpful to get additional support because YOU MATTER, and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

During this virtual event, our Local Recovery Coordinator, Molly Smith, will discuss the importance of mental wellness and how you can become aware of your own mental health using some very easy to use, free, and confidential mental health screening tools located at: https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/screening-tools which include screenings for PTSD, Depression, Substance Use, and Alcohol Use.
Please note: These screening tools are NOT intended to provide a complete assessment or diagnosis for any condition and they can help identify symptoms and assist you in determining if you should seek further evaluation by your physician or a mental health professional.

Title: Mental Health Awareness: Screening Tools and Resources
Date: May 4, 2021, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Facilitator(s): Molly Smith, MSW, LICSW, Minneapolis VAHCS Local Recovery Coordinator
Virtual Location: Phone at 1-872-701-0185 with Conference ID: 518 408 518 # or Microsoft Teams via Video Conference (no special software required) https://teams.microsoft.com/…/19%3ameeting…/0…



MPR Broadcast: Flight w/ Minnesota Opera @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
In partnership with YourClassical, you can tune in and listen to special broadcasts of Minnesota Opera performances. On May 4 at 7:00pm, tune in to hear MN Opera’s Flight.

MAKE YOUR CONNECTION. Eight strangers find they have more in common than they think. Stranded overnight in an airport, they meet a refugee forced to call the terminal his home and soon realize they need each other to get to their destinations. Inspired by a true story, Jonathan Dove’s Flight is a charming and deeply human dramedy all about what it means to make a real connection.

Don’t miss this special broadcast on YourClassical. Visit mnopera.org/listen to learn more.

Wednesday, May 5

Virtual Talk: The Photography of Todd Webb Outside the Frame w/ Minneapolis Institute of Art @ 6-7pm • Free • Online Event
Online: bit.ly
Join us for a FREE roundtable discussion about “Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame” with community members who have roots in countries where these photographs were taken. Reserve your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3vcdQCp

This exhibition features recently recovered early color photographs by the American documentary photographer, which were commissioned by the United Nations in 1958 to document emerging industries and technologies throughout the continent of Africa. While Todd Webb’s photographs present an outsider’s view onto the social, political, and cultural dynamics on the continent at a critical period between colonialism and independence, he resisted essentializing and exoticizing frameworks in order to create complex images of countries on the cusp of change. At the same time, his photographs raise important questions concerning photographic agency and power, racial and national privilege, and the ways in which Euro-Americans conceived of modernization at a crucial period in Africa’s history.

In this roundtable discussion, community members Aziz Osman and Fatuma Elmi, Kofi Odoom, Gladstone Sabah, and Andrea Mwalilino, who have roots in Somalia, Ghana, Togo, and Tanzania–all countries on Webb’s itinerary–reflect on the photographer’s depictions of their homelands and engage questions central to the history of documentary photography in Africa.

“Todd Webb in Africa: Outside the Frame” is on view in Mia’s Harrison Gallery through Sunday, June 13, 2021. Learn more and visit the online exhibition here: https://collections.artsmia.org/…/2830/todd-webb-in-africa

Ticketing Information: To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or register online: https://bit.ly/3vcdQCp to receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact our visitor experience team at visit@artsmia.org
Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution here: https://tickets.artsmia.org/products/donate



Learning from the Past: Environmental Justice & Transportation Corridor Planning w/ Hennepin History Museum and Bell Museum @ 7pm • Free • Online Event
Pay as you can. Please register in advance at the ticketing link.
Join us for a virtual conversation about how people are responding to social and environmental justice questions raised by freeway alignment projects in the past. Pay as you can. Please register at the ticket link to receive the Zoom information.

Freeways like I-94 and I-35 displaced people, divided communities, and had environmental consequences, which continue to affect the natural environment and the health of those living near them. In this discussion, A Public History of 35W moderates a conversation about how people in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul are responding to social and environmental justice questions raised by freeway alignment projects in the past. A Public History of 35W is a community-collaborative oral history and research project on 35W in South Minneapolis from the University of Minnesota’s Heritage Studies and Public History Program.

MODERATED BY A PUBLIC HISTORY OF 35W:
Ernest Lloyd, former Director of Financial Operations and Support Services, Minnesota Department of Transportation (PhD, Public Administration)
Greg Donofrio, Associate Professor and Director, Heritage Studies and Public History, University of Minnesota
Denise Pike, Project Manager for Minnesota Transform, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota

PANELISTS:
Marvin Anderson, Chair and CEO, Rondo Center of Diverse Expression (R/CODE) and Board Chair, Reconnect Rondo
Cyrus Knutson, Director, Center for Community Connections at Minnesota Department of Transportation
Brian Muthyala, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota

CO-HOST:
This event is co-hosted by the Bell Museum in conjunction with the traveling exhibit Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice.



Online Panel: Future of Museums w/ Weisman Art Museum @ 4pm • Free • Online Event
Online: z.umn.edu
What is the future of museums? Is there a future for them? On Wednesday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) the WAM Collective, The Student Advisory Council of the Frances Young Tang Museum at Skidmore College, and the Agents for Creative Action from the Williams College Museum of Art will join in a Zoom roundtable discussion on the future of museums. Over the past year, museums have worked to adapt within an ever-shifting environment brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing civil rights movement, and the increased awareness of the harmful hierarchies that exist in museum spaces and beyond. As emerging museum leaders and practitioners, each student group will answer:

What is the role of museums today? What needs to change? How can we create it together? Each group will give a 10-minute presentation of their vision within their institutions and what changes are necessary to the field. The event will culminate with a discussion and Q & A between the student groups, comparing their findings, critiques, and hopes for the future of museums.

This event is free and open to all, but advance registration is required. Register at z.umn.edu/FutureOfMuseums



Freaque + Kaitlyn Walsh, A Performance w/ Eat My Words Bookstore @ 5-8pm • Free • Online Event
Online: crowdcast.io
An evening of music and writing from Freaque and Kaitlyn Walsh.
Freaque is for the derelicts, the heretics, the tree stumps, and those who live on the fringes of society. A tattered voice, made of strung out words, hung to dry over broken chords on his mother’s piano. His songs range from the kind of folk and blues you find in graveyards and gardens, to fuller grooves you can find in swamps, sewers, and junkyards. In a wooden womb of darkness, he took what he had and rose above a society that constantly tells us we are not enough, that we’re only worth the possessions we own, the money in our bank accounts, and our body’s abilities. We do not have to conform to societal standards to be valued as human beings. That is why he creates music and art.

Right before the pandemic hit, Kaitlyn Walsh moved to her ancestors’ homelands (northern Minnesota) to be near her grandmother and more deeply connect with Anishinaabe life ways. That’s about when she started writing poetry and short stories. While she spends most of her time growing and gathering foods and plant medicines, words will come to her after running in the woods, praying by Gichigami (Lake Superior), or working barefoot in soil. She writes to process grief, joy, pleasure, and the lived and historical trauma she carries. The eldest of her grandma’s granddaughters and named after her grandma’s mother, Kaitlyn feels called to embody matriarchal power and heal as an act of cultural preservation. She has a lot to learn.

Thursday, May 6

Michael Keller, author of THE LEGEND OF JET THE GERBIL w/ Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers @ 6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: jetthegerbil.brownpapertickets.com
Join us for a virtual event with Michael Keller, author of the entertaining and adventure-filled new picture book THE LEGEND OF JET THE GERBIL. Jet’s tale is a true story, and could be the greatest gerbil story ever told! Michael will read the book, talk a little about the real Jet and making the book, and answer questions.

This event will take place on Zoom Webinar. PLEASE REGISTER for this free event to get the link to join plus a coupon code for 15% off! https://jetthegerbil.brownpapertickets.com/
Order a signed copy of THE LEGEND OF JET THE GERBIL here: https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/JETGERBIL

Michael Keller is a senior executive and first-time children’s book author residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Gina. He was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey, where Jet’s incredible adventure unfolded. Michael has been telling Jet’s story for decades before publishing The Legend of Jet the Gerbil. He has three kids, Ava, Davis and Alden, two step daughters Hanna and Raina, two rescue dogs Ziggy and Cooper, and a new gerbil named Gunny.



Virtual Artist Talk with Peter Williams w/ All My Relations Arts and Native American Community Development Institute – NACDI @ 5-6pm • Free • Online Event
Online: zoom.us
Join All My Relations Arts as we host Yup’ik artist and designer Peter Williams who bridges worlds of fashion, art, tradition, and innovation. Inherent Right is the current solo exhibition at All My Relations Arts Gallery on view now until June 26.

Peter Williams (Yup’ik) is a culture bearer, artist, designer, filmmaker, and educator originally from Akiak currently based in Sheet’ká (Sitka, Alaska). His hand-sewn works repurpose skin from self-harvested traditional foods, bridging worlds of Indigenous art, fashion, and subsistence.

Williams completed artist residencies at Santa Fe Art Institute and Institute of American Indian Arts and has guest lectured and/or taught skin sewing at Yale University, Stanford University, UCLA, Portland Art Museum, and Alaska State Museum, among others. His art has been shown at museums and galleries across North America. His presentations at New York Fashion Week and Fashion Week Brooklyn in 2015 and 2016 led to profiles in The Guardian and The New York Times. He co-produced the documentary Harvest: Quyurciq, which received a Native Peoples Action project grant and screened internationally. In 2018-2020 Williams became a Cultural Capital Fellow, a Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow, and received an Individual Artist Award Project Grant from Rasmuson Foundation. He was nominated for the 2020 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/93553245445



Jessica Lind Peterson presents Sound Like Trapped Thunder, with Halee Kirkwood w/ Mind the Bird Media and Magers & Quinn Booksellers @ 5pm • Free • Online Event
Online: youtube.com
Jessica Lind Peterson’s Sound Like Trapped Thunder is the second in Seneca Review Books’ Deborah Tall Memorial Lyric Essay series. Jessica is a playwright and author, founder of Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo, and currently living in Canyon, MN. Sound Like Trapped Thunder is her first book of essays.

Jessica will be joined in conversation by Minneapolis-based poet Halee Kirkwood. Kirkwood is a writing mentor and bubblegum poetry wrangler for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and was an inaugural teaching fellow for the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference at Arizona State University. Their mini-chapbook, Exorcising The Catalogue, was published in fall 2018 with Rinky Dink Press.
https://www.jessicalindpeterson.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SenecaReviewOfficial/
https://loft.org/writ…/meet-teaching-artist-halee-kirkwood



Ask An Advocate Series: All About Systems Change w/ Sexual Violence Center @ 6-7pm • Free • Online Event
On May 6th, the Sexual Violence Center will be hosting a conversation about Systems Change Advocacy as part of our series Ask an Advocate. We’ll discuss how communities are affected negatively by the societal systems they live in and how Systems Change Advocacy works to improve that impact. We’ll talk about which ones exactly are the systems we are talking about, what does the work of systems advocacy looks like and why it is important work. Also, we will answer attendees’ questions about the work itself and things you might consider if you plan to engage in Systems Change Advocacy.

The Sexual Violence Center is a dedicated rape crisis center providing free support services to individuals in Carver, Hennepin, and Scott counties who have experienced sexual violence.
https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/ 



Pen Pals with Susan Choi w/ Friends of the Hennepin County Library @ 7:30pm • Free • Online Event
Online: supporthclib.org Purchase tickets at www.supporthclib.org/susan-choi *
Join us for an evening with Susan Choi, recipient of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction for her novel “Trust Exercise.”

This ticketed event will take place on the Zoom webinar platform and will not be streamed on Facebook. Click the link above for more information, including links to purchase tickets.
Order “Trust Exercise” from bookseller partner Magers & Quinn: http://bit.ly/Order-Trust-Exercise
Learn more about our event guest authors and the library’s impact: https://www.supporthclib.org/spring-2021-events-guide
Proceeds from this event benefit Hennepin County Library. The 2020-21 Pen Pals series is sponsored by Eyebobs, Standard Heating & Air Conditioning and RBC Wealth Management.


 
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City of Minneapolis/Hennepin County Updates & Info

Sign up now for transforming community safety learning lab May 6
All community members are invited to join the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention in a learning lab on transforming community safety at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6. This kickoff for the learning lab series features Anthony Smith, the executive director of Cities United, a trusted national organization focused on reducing homicides and shootings. Cities United is committed to supporting cities, their elected officials, their violence prevention staff, young people, community partners and other national partners in their efforts to do that.

Smith will provide an overview of violence prevention approaches for cities that incorporate proven on-the-ground violence prevention, intervention and healing strategies and policy solutions.
This meeting will be recorded.
Invite your friends and community using the Facebook event.
Register to get the Zoom link emailed before the meeting.

About the Transforming Community Safety Learning Lab Series The series will feature partners and national experts in violence prevention and other areas related to transforming community safety. The series will:

  • Provide information about relevant research, evidence-informed practices, practice-based evidence, promising practices, and innovative solutions and models for community safety from around the country.
  • Offer information and inspiration about what may be possible with reimagining community safety.
  • Create deeper understanding of some of the existing community safety models and practices we have locally that we can build on.

Watch the City website for future sessions in the series.

Sections of West River Parkway and Lake Harriet Parkway closed to automobile traffic for social distancing this spring: Parts of West River Parkway and Lake Harriet Parkway are closed to automobile traffic through May 31. Lake Harriet Parkway between West Minnehaha Parkway and West 43rd Street and one lane of West River Parkway between Fourth Avenue North and 11th Avenue South are reserved for walkers, bikers and rollers to protect social distancing. The southbound lane of West River Parkway will remain open to vehicles; the northbound lane will close to automobile traffic.

The trails adjacent to these parkways have been busy this spring, while COVID-19 is still a threat to public health. Allowing trail traffic to spread out into the parkways will allow greater separation of park users for social distancing as directed by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find more information about the parkway changes on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board website.



2021 Midtown Greenway pedestrian and bikeway safety improvements project
Hennepin County will make improvements at seven at-grade intersections to benefit the safety of people who walk, bike, and roll on the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis.
The seven Midtown Greenway intersections are:

  • James Avenue
  • Irving Avenue
  • Humboldt Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • 28th Street East
  • Hiawatha Avenue (Highway 55)
  • Minnehaha Avenue

For more details about the expected 2021 safety improvements, please go to the project website:  www.hennepin.us/midtown-greenway-safety. You can also go to theMidtown Community Works webpage to learn more about the collective work between Hennepin County and its partners.

Construction timeline and impacts: Project staff is coordinating with the contractor to determine the best time to start. At this time, construction could begin as early as May. We anticipate work at each intersection to take two to three weeks, depending on the location and work required, and we could work at more than one intersection at a time. 
When we begin construction, there will be some trail impacts, and depending on the intersection, we will require local detours to complete the work. Below is our current plan for a detour or alternate routes.

  • At James, Irving, Humboldt and 5th avenues: we will maintain a gravel path around the work
  • At Hiawatha Avenue: we will reroute Greenway users via the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge.
  • At 28th Street and Minnehaha Avenue: we will detour Greenway users onto local streets and nearby trails. 

Detour and alternate routes will be available on the project website soon. Staying connected:  We will notify Greenway users of the project schedule and impacts as we have details to share via e-mail and web updates. People can sign up to receive e-mails by going to the project website. We will also share all of our updates with you to keep you informed.

 

Small Business Administration (SBA) funding available for Minneapolis restaurants, bars
Minneapolis restaurants and bars can apply for pandemic relief through the Small Business Administration (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Eligible businesses can receive funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss from this SBA program. Applications open Monday, May 3.  

Priority groups include BIPOC, women and veteran owned businesses. The Minnesota District office of the SBA is offering multiple webinars to help businesses better understand the program and ask questions. Minneapolis businesses who would like support connecting to local resources should contact the Minneapolis Small Business Team at 612-673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov



Provide feedback on potential route options for METRO Blue Line Extension project
Project staff are seeking feedback on potential route options for the METRO Blue Line Extension, which will connect communities from Downtown Minneapolis northwest to Brooklyn Park. Based on community input, technical considerations, and past project work, project staff believe these routes present the best opportunities to deliver a light rail project that maximizes community benefits and connects even more people to jobs, education, healthcare and other key destinations. They are also consistent with the project principles adopted by the Corridor Management Committee in December 2020.

These routes are intended to advance a conversation many years in the making with the goal of identifying a single community-supported route by the end of this year to advance through official design and review processes.

Share feedback with project staff

Learn more about the METRO Blue Line Extension Project

 U.S. Department of Justice launches investigation into Minneapolis Police Department policing practices
U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced today the Justice Department has opened a pattern or practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department. It follows the murder conviction of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. 

The investigation will assess all types of force used by MPD officers, including uses of force involving individuals with behavioral health disabilities and uses of force against individuals engaged in activities protected by the First Amendment. The investigation will also assess whether MPD engages in discriminatory policing. As part of the investigation the Justice Department will conduct a comprehensive review of MPD policies, training and supervision. The department will also examine MPD’s systems of accountability, including complaint intake, investigation, review, disposition and discipline. The Department of Justice will also reach out to community groups and members of the public to learn about their experiences with MPD. Learn more about the State investigation
 

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources:

What you can do when you’re fully vaccinated
COVID-19 vaccines play a key role in ending the pandemic and helping us get back to normalcy. We can end this pandemic together. Get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Millions of people who are fully vaccinated can safely enjoy time together indoors without wearing masks. Everyone in the United States age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and others. If you’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

What you can start to do if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel. Do pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms – unless you live in a group setting.

Learn more



Get a free COVID-19 test and help stop the spread
The City of Minneapolis is offering free COVID-19 saliva tests. While the coronavirus spread continues to increase, fewer people have been getting tested for it. Testing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent exposing your loved ones to the virus along with wearing masks correctly, keeping 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with, hand-washing and getting vaccinated.

With variant cases on the rise in Minnesota, you should get tested if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms; if you were close to someone who tested positive for COVID-19; if you attended a one-time, high risk activity with people you do not live with; if you are actively engaging with people outside of your household or working outside of your household; or if you are returning to a classroom or a school campus. In particular, young people in school and their families should get tested every two weeks until the end of the school year. This strategy is to help keep schools and sports open.

Free COVID-19 tests Do not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking a COVID-19 saliva test.

Sanctuary Covenant Church, 710 W. Broadway Ave. Noon-3 p.m. Fridays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21
You can expect to get your test results in about 24 hours.

More free COVID-19 tests:
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S. 
10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Native American Community Clinic, 1213 E. Franklin Ave. 2 p.m. Tuesdays Appointments required: Call 612-872-8086 to schedule an appointment.

Southside Community Health Services, 324 E. 35th St. 2-3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays Appointments required: Call 612-821-3548 to schedule an appointment. You can expect to get your test results in about two-three business days. Same day testing can be done for health care workers, first responders and essential workers.

Brooklyn Park Starlight Center 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit the State’s COVID-19 testing webpage to register. Find a current list of free COVID-19 tests on the City website.
If you can’t attend one of these testing events, you can use this directory to find a testing location near you.

Free at-home saliva tests The State is also offering free at-home saliva tests. Any person in Minnesota can order a saliva test kit from the COVID-19 Test at Home program.

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.

Why get tested? Videos in Spanish, Somali and Hmong Whether you feel sick or not, get tested. This will protect your loved ones and help us all return safely back to school, work and other activities. Watch and share these short videos in SpanishSomali and Hmong.
 Vaccination site now open at fairgrounds for residents of most vulnerable zip codes: Minnesota has opened a mass vaccination site with federal support at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, which will receive 168,000 doses over eight weeks to help provide fair and equitable access to vaccines. The site will vaccinate more than 100,000 people during the eight-week period. The doses administered at the fairgrounds will be in addition to Minnesota’s regular statewide vaccine allocations.

Minnesotans living in the zip codes near the fairgrounds with the highest scores on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Social Vulnerability Index will be eligible for appointments at this site to help protect people hardest hit by the pandemic. Up to 1,000 doses per day will also be taken offsite to community-based clinics in those areas.

The Minnesota State Fairgrounds were selected for being well known, centrally located, accessible by public transportation, and expansive enough to allow for a high volume of drive-through vaccinations. The site will also allow Minnesotans who use other forms of transportation to get vaccinated.

Sign up: The site will be by appointment only. Minnesotans living in the eligible zip codes can sign up for the vaccine connector to be selected for an appointment. Minnesotans can call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Public Hotline at 1-833-431-2053 for language assistance and any questions about signing up for the connector. More information on directly booking appointments through a call center will be shared later.
There will be no cost and Minnesotans will not need to provide an ID or medical insurance to be vaccinated.


COVID-19 hotline for Immigrant Communities
Get answers in your own language about COVID-19 information, testing and resources. You can also get help in your own language with other needs like food, school, child care, employment and health care. Call the Refugee and Immigrant COVID Care hotline at 651-318-0989, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


COVID-19 emergency rent and utility bill assistance
If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need help paying your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. While you can’t be evicted for not paying rent during Gov. Walz’s executive order, rent is still due. When the order is lifted, people owing unpaid rent could be at risk for eviction. Eligible Minneapolis renters can receive help with rent and utility bills dated on or after March 13, 2020. If you qualify, you could receive up to 15 months total assistance.  

Get ready by downloading this checklist to see if you’re eligible and find out what documents you’ll need to be ready when the program opens for applications later this month. 

RentHelpMN is a collaborative effort among the City of Minneapolis and other local and State governments across Minnesota to provide emergency rental assistance to Minneapolis households and households across the state.

Landlords:’ Download the landlords checklist for information about how to alert your tenants, help them get ready to apply and prepare your documentation for when the program opens for applications. 
You can sign up for email updates about when RentHelpMN will open and how to apply on the State’s website.



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Other Information, Events, Activities & Resources:

The Fourth Year UMN/Guthrie BFA Acting Company presents: 
Dear God
Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, 7:30 pm
The Fourth Year UMN/Guthrie BFA Acting Company presents the world premiere of Dear God, by Michael Punter, an original commission for the company. The play is a graphic novel that comes to life to tell the story of Shyla Wright, a girl who believes she is a prophet of God after she survives a horrible tragedy in her small Minnesotan town. With miracles, Drag Queens, Twizzlers, Doubters, Fast Food Apostles, Televangelists and so much more, Dear God is an epic journey that questions what it means to believe. Directed by Hayley Finn and illustrated by Gracie Stockton. For information: https://cla.umn.edu/theatre/events/dear-god

Kroening Interpretive Center Programs
North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Court
Unless indicated, all activities are free and or all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/north_mississippi_regional_park/
Naturalist staff will be onsite to provide sanitized materials and introductory instruction for activities that will be self-directed by individual households.

Bonfire Bunch
Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 – 8 pm
Spend an evening at your neighborhood nature center. Enjoy a bonfire, nature inspired outdoor art project, guided nature walk, snack kit and safely distanced socializing. Come hang out in the center’s backyard, it will be bunches of fun. This is a therapeutic recreation designed program. $5. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/bonfire-bunch/117315.

Nature Nuts: Storybook Stroll
Wednesday, May 12, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Get those inquisitive minds and bodies exploring nature through storybooks. Bring your little one outside for an active literary adventure while discovering nature themes during imaginative play. Each week check out a new book alongside nature exploration activities while strolling through the park. For kids up to age 8 with an adult. This is an adult/child interactive experience. $2. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/nature-nuts-storybook-stroll/111351.

Campfire Game Night
Thursday, May 13, 5 – 7:30 pm
Get outside for a night of fun and games in the park. Explore a nature topic, play games in the woods and hang out around the campfire. There’s something for everyone in nature’s backyard. $2. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/campfire-game-night/111311.

Toads, Frogs and Polliwogs
Saturday, May 15, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Jump into the world of amphibians. Discover the difference between frogs and toads then search for them in the park. Play games and make a toad home for your yard. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/toads-frogs-polliwogs/111299.

Family Funday
Saturday, May 15, 1 – 3 pm
Get outside for active, nature fun in the park. Explore a different seasonal theme each week through self-directed: scavenger hunts, nature walks and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. All ages and experience levels welcome to enjoy the outdoors while activating bodies and minds in discovery. For information and to register: https://apm.activecommunities.com/minneapolisparks/Activity_Search/family-funday/111368.

Virtual Workshops from Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Note: Some MCBA workshops fill up before I list them, so feel free to check their website for future options: https://www.mnbookarts.org/category/exhibitions-events/upcoming-exhibitions/.
Simple Slipcase Construction
With Anna Haglin
Tuesdays: May 11, 18, 25; 7 – 9 pm
A slipcase can be an aesthetically pleasing buffer between your favorite book and the elements of your living space, like coffee rings and dust. Its construction is basic and flexible enough to also be used to store prints, photographs or any other loose and fragile items. Learn all the stages of boxmaking (including measuring, cutting, gluing, covering and lining) and gain familiarity with the tools, materials and techniques necessary to build your own handmade box. This virtual workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience in bookbinding. Anna Haglin (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Moorhead, Minnesota. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and earned her MA and MFA in printmaking at the University of Iowa. She completed a two-year apprenticeship in bookbinding at Arion Press in San Francisco and a studio assistantship at the Women’s Studio Workshop. She was awarded a residency at MCBA in 2012 and is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has taught courses in foil imaging, foraging/herbarium-making and papermaking with invasive plants. To learn more click here. All skill levels welcome. $120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $75 supply fee; $60 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $75 supply fee. For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/simple-slipcase-construction/.

Documentary Comics
With Camilo Aguirre
Saturdays: May 15, 22, 29; 10 am – 12 noon
In this three-week workshop, Camilo Aguirre will share his artistic process and the developmental strategies he uses to create his comics. Beginning with an introduction to various formats used in documentary comics, the workshop covers the importance of point of view in the comic—who we are and what our position is in the world—as well as identifying blind spots and how to address them. Throughout the workshop, participants will work toward creating their own documentary story. All skill levels welcome. $108/participant (10% discount for MCBA members); $54 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members). For information and to register: https://www.mnbookarts.org/documentary-comics/.

Art-A-Whirl
May 14 – 16
Virtual and some in-person locations, including one along riverfront
Art-A-Whirl® is the largest open studio tour in the country. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the 2021 Art-A-Whirl will not be held as a normal event. Art-A-Whirl is online, with a hundreds of member galleries, shops and videos. Some individual studios, galleries and businesses will have their own open hours during Art-A-Whirl weekend. Use the NEMAA website to find open studios, buy art online and discover new food and beverage options. If visiting in-person, be sure to wear a mask and observe social distancing. For information: https://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl/

Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music
501 Second St. S.
For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: https://www.macphail.orgor 612-321-0100.
Concerto and Aria Recital
Friday, May 14, 7 – 8 pm
Virtual
MacPhail Concerto and Aria Concert  s the premiere student performance event at MacPhail. Performers undergo two rounds of competitive auditions in order to be selected for the final concert. This year, instead of a chamber orchestra, a double string quartet will perform for select repertoire. Other performances will feature soloist with piano accompaniment or a pre-recorded performance for the singers, who were not able to audition in-person. For information: https://www.macphail.org/events/concerto-aria-recital/.

MSP International Film Festival Will Open Up with Summer of Soul
https://www.startribune.com/twin-cities-biggest-film-festival-opens-with-summer-of-soul/600049010/

Pressing Issues Exhibit at Weisman
https://www.startribune.com/1930s-era-printmaking-exhibition-at-the-weisman-art-museum-feels-eerily-contemporary/600048919/

Twin City Rapid Transit Company Steam Power Plant History
http://millcitytimes.com/news/the-twin-city-rapid-transit-company-steam-power-plant.html

Mill City Farmers Market and Other Local Markets Opening May 1
http://millcitytimes.com/news/many-of-approximately-20-farmers-markets-in-minneapolis-to-b.html

WRAP Restaurant Opening in North Loop
https://northloop.org/new-to-north-loop-galley-wrap/?utm_source=MillCityTimes&utm_campaign=MillCityTimes
 
Third Avenue Bridge Progress Photos

http://millcitytimes.com/news/doug-verdiers-april-22-third-avenue-bridge-project-photos.html