October 13 Community Development Committee Meeting

Join us for the CDC meeting on Tuesday, October 13 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94664930202
Meeting ID: 946 6493 0202

Agenda
7:00 Preliminaries
• Sign In
• Introductions
• Approve September Minutes

7:10 Presentation: 2107 22nd Avenue South (Alissa Pier, Architect, ADL Pier Design, Inc.)
• Letter from Alissa Pier – September 17
• Letter from Alissa Pier – October 9

7:30 Updates
• Ward 2 office (Robin or Cam)
• Ward 6 office (Jamal)
• Seward Redesign (Chris Romano)
• Agra Development (Michael Jon)
• Lake Street Target Remodel (Michael Jon)
• Seward Business Relief Fund (Michael Jon)

7:30 Discussions & Actions
• Committee Charter
• Letter of Support for duplex conversion at 2107 22nd Avenue South
• Sign on to Neighborhoods Rethinking I-94 flyer
• Facilitating Community Investment
• Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard
• Revisiting the Neighborhood Safety Plan for People Walking, Biking, and Using Wheelchairs (approved by the SNG Board of Directors on April 24, 2019)

8:30 Adjourn

 

Send Us Your Dream Idea for a Chance to Win $1000

The Seward Spread Joy Fund (SSJF) has been made available by an anonymous donor for distribution by the Seward neighborhood Group. The SSJF is intended to help create unique and lasting experiences for members of the community. Each year the SSJF will award a grant of up to $1,000 to a Seward resident who yearns to do something that is just beyond their budget. The lucky recipient of this yearly grant will be drawn at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s Annual Meeting in November. The guidelines are as follows:

Guidelines
-Applicant must currently live in Seward and have been a resident for at least three years
-No age limit
-The grant must benefit the recipient in an experiential way, meaning limited physical gains. A grant application that includes physical gain that benefits the community may still be considered (see examples)
-The grant must fund something that would have been difficult for to the applicant to experience without the assistant of the SSJF.
-No more than one application may be submitted per individual each year.

Application Process
Application forms will be available at the Seward Neighborhood Group office and online. The brief application will include:
– a brief description (50 words or less) of how much money is being requested and
how the grant will be used
– applicant’s name, address and contact information
– confirmation that the applicant has lived in Seward at least 3 years
– agreement that applicant will allow the grant to be publicized
* If awarded the grant, the applicant must sign a contract agreeing to submit a report on their experience. The recipient will be expected to share with the Seward community how your project or experience turned out.

Examples of appropriate application ideas for Seward Spread Joy Fund include:
-A person living in Seward wishes to take a language course
-A person living in Seward would like to fulfill a personal dream by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Twin Cities
-A Seward youth hopes to have a wilderness experience in the BWCA.
-A person who lives in Seward wishes to have a bench built on their block for neighbors to use (an appropriate exception to the physical gain rule.)

Examples of unacceptable ideas include:
-A Seward youth wants to buy an iPhone.
-A Seward homeowner needs funds to make repairs to their home.

**Seward Neighborhood Group retains the right to deny an application if the application does not appropriately adhere to the grant’s guidelines.

**No board members or SNG employees are eligible to apply.

Note: Seward is the area bounded by I-94 on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, the Midtown Greenway on the south and Hiawatha Avenue on the west. For a map of Seward CLICK HERE.

***Click here to fill out an application! Once finished, you can email your application to admin@sng.org. You can also arrange to drop off your application at the Seward Neighborhood Group’s office.  DEADLINE October 31 by 3pm. 

CBC Meeting Tonight 10/6 on Zoom

SNG Community Building Committee
October 6, 7 PM

Agenda
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/434566880

7:00    Call to Order

7:05    Introductions & Sign-In

7:10    Approval of Agenda & September Minutes

7:15    Kings Fair Planning Group Updates

7:20    Community Building and Crime Prevention – Community Member Proposal

7:25    Public Safety Letter (Pending Review)

7:35    Potential Voter Registration Drive and/or GOTV Effort

7:45    Potential Town Hall re Policing Reform (From Discussion at Sept BoD Meeting)

8:00    Adjourn

Seward Neighborhood Group New Address beginning 10/15
2525 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55406

MPR Free Event -In Focus: Equity in Education

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 07Show | 7pm RSVP on Facebook

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparities in education in the U.S. Gaps in graduation rates and test scores have long been used to measure these disparities, but there’s also been more focus in recent years on disparities in access to resources and opportunities that can significantly influence how well kids do in school. And then, there’s racism — biased teachers and staff, but also structures and systems within schools that are creating barriers for Black and Indigenous students and students of color. In an event on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., MPR News host Angela Davis will host a discussion with several community leaders who have been working on various approaches to address these disparities. We’ll talk about what’s getting in the way of progress on equity in education in Minnesota and discuss which solutions are showing promise.This event is free and will be available via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Among the voices you’ll hear from at the event:Racial equity coach and former Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis, Minneapolis Black Student Achievement Director Michael Walker and Anusha Nath, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

In Focus is a series of convenings MPR is committed to leading over the next year to bring awareness, dialogue and potential solutions to Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities — in education, health, economic opportunities and many other areas.

Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion. If you have thoughts or questions on the event, check out our Ground Level project page for different ways to share your experience.

Minnesota has some of the largest racial disparities in education in the U.S. Gaps in graduation rates and test scores have long been used to measure these disparities, but there’s also been more focus in recent years on disparities in access to resources and opportunities that can significantly influence how well kids do in school. And then, there’s racism — biased teachers and staff, but also structures and systems within schools that are creating barriers for Black and Indigenous students and students of color. In an event on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., MPR News host Angela Davis will host a discussion with several community leaders who have been working on various approaches to address these disparities. We’ll talk about what’s getting in the way of progress on equity in education in Minnesota and discuss which solutions are showing promise.This event is free and will be available via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Among the voices you’ll hear from at the event:Racial equity coach and former Minnesota Teacher of the Year Jess Davis, Minneapolis Black Student Achievement Director Michael Walker and Anusha Nath, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

In Focus is a series of convenings MPR is committed to leading over the next year to bring awareness, dialogue and potential solutions to Minnesota’s persistent racial disparities — in education, health, economic opportunities and many other areas.

Through conversations with community leaders that are shaped by our curious, engaged audience, MPR hopes to encourage new connections and relationships that will help Minnesota communities make progress toward equity and inclusion. If you have thoughts or questions on the event, check out our Ground Level project page for different ways to share your experience.

Greenway Glow Arts Festival Sat. 9/26

The Greenway Glow Community Arts Festival on the Midtown Greenway features community art, live performances, local food, craft beer, and more!  Saturday, September 26th, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. along the Midtown Greenway.

Artists will create special installations and give live performances along the trail.  The arts festival is FREE, but we invite you to register as a VIP to help raise funds for the Midtown Greenway!  VIPs get:

  • + Appetizers from Krishna’s Delights
  • + 2 craft beers from Eastlake Craft Brewery at the Pop-Up Beer garden at 2601 28th Ave S (next to Lawless Distilling), 4 – 9 p.m.
  • A $10 gift card for Lawless Distilling’s cocktail lounge (to be used at a later date, in the weeks following the event)
  • + ice cream
  • + glowing lights! 
  • The chance to win cool bike lights and prizes from QBP.
  • + glow-in-the-dark t-shirts if you choose to raise/donate funds!

Don’t miss the pop-up Beer Garden in the Ivy Building Parking lot, presented by Eastlake Craft Brewery.  4 – 9 p.m. at 2601 28th Ave S (next to Lawless Distilling).

Note:
  The event is 5-miles long and outside.  It will take place at two-dozen small outdoor locations along the Greenway.  Social distancing measures will be in place.  No more than 25 people at a time will be allowed to view any art installation, and social distancing areas will be marked.   Please maintain social distances of 6 feet or more from all artists and others at the festival.   Masks are mandatory for everyone.  Please bring a mask and hand sanitizer and have fun visiting the art and celebrating our community!   View our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

For more information or to donate CLICK HERE.

SNG Virtual Board Meeting 9/23/2020

Join us for the SNG September Board Meeting.

We have two open board seats for terms expiring in November. If interested, please send your name, contact information, and bio to Mark.a.splett@gmail.com. Candidates will be voted on at Wednesday’s meeting.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/415887073

SNG is Moving!

Seward Neighborhood Group is moving to the Five Square Building at 2525 East Franklin Avenue.  We will take up residence at our new location starting October 1.  Someday, post-COVID, SNG will host an open-house at our new home.  

Meanwhile, SNG is looking for volunteers to help with moving – which will take place over the course of October – especially if you have access to a truck, van, or large SUV.  We are also looking for anyone with interior design expertise to help us configure our new space.  And we are potentially looking for some storage space in the neighborhood. 

If you can help with moving, interior design, or storage, please contact Michael Jon Olson, Interim Executive Director, at michael.jon.olson@sng.org.

Office interior of current tenant, The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Community Development Committee meeting September 15

Seward Neighborhood Group – Community Development Committee

September 15, 2020 | 7:00-8:30pm
Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94664930202
Meeting ID: 946 6493 0202

Agenda
7:00 Preliminaries
 Sign In
 Introductions
 Approve August Minutes

7:10 Updates
 Ward 2 office (Robin or Cam)
 Ward 6 office (Jamal)
 Seward Redesign (Chris Romano)
 Agra Development (Michael Jon)
 Lake Street Target Remodel (Michael Jon)
 Seward Business Relief Fund (Alexis, Michael Jon)

7:45 Discussions
 3 rd Precinct Issue
 SNG CDC & Redesign CDC
 Membership of the Committee
 Facilitating Community Investment
 Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard

8:30 Adjourn

September CDC Meeting Announcement

The September Community Development Committee meeting will be held via Zoom on the 3rd Tuesday, September 15, instead of the regularly scheduled 2nd Tuesday of the month. Agenda and Zoom details TBA.

Request for King’s Fair 2021 Event Planning Volunteers

We need your help to make King’s Fair 2021 bigger and better than ever before!

Starting in 2021, we would like to see King’s Fair become an annual event. This means that we need your help to plan and carry out this defining event for Seward! 

If you have experience in event planning, community organizing, food service, theater or music production, or simply a desire to help out, we need you. If you have a neighbor or a friend that might be interested please put them in contact with SNG. 

Planning for the 2021 event will begin in shortly and meeting details will be sent to all interested parties. 

Send your input and interest to the Chris McLaughlin and the Community Building Committee at admin@mcwatson.org

Hope to see you there.