Keep an eye out for the new utility box art in Midtown Phillips!
This past year, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association has partnered with community organizations and neighborhood youth to create art for five utility boxes in Midtown Phillips with the theme of “Healthy Connections.” The partnering organizations were Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts, Banyan Community, Waite House, and New American Youth Soccer Club. In the fall of 2019, five artists were chosen by these organizations and youth they serve to work with neighborhood youth and design art for local utility boxes.
Artists chosen were Angela Barerra, Jorge Amerigo, BrieAnna Lindquist, Andres Guzman, and Samie Johnson. Over the winter, the artists met with youth at these organizations and came up with designs interpreting what “Healthy Connections” meant to them. The designs were finalized this past Spring, approved by the Minneapolis Art Commission, and were installed in July. The project was facilitated and coordinated by Bart Buch. Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved!!
The boxes can be found at the intersections of:
26th St. and Bloomington Ave. S.
26th St. and 12th Ave. S.
24th St. and 11th Ave. S.
26th St. and 10th Ave. S.
28th St. and Chicago Ave. S.
WHO WE ARE
Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, Inc is a volunteer-driven, community organization that advocates for a vibrant, safe, and healthy neighborhood.
Through regular meetings, outreach, and funding, we bring diverse community members together to celebrate Midtown Phillips and explore ways to make it even better.
Where is Midtown Phillips?
The boundaries of the Midtown Phillips neighborhood are East 24th Street to the north, East Lake Street to the south, Bloomington Avenue to the east, and Chicago Avenue to the west.
Join the board, attend community meetings, volunteer your time at local events.
MPNAIs efforts rely on the time and talents of volunteers.
If you live in Midtown Phillips, you are a also voting member of the neighborhood association.
WHAT WE DO
We currently partner with 8 local Phillips neighborhood non-profits to implement a variety of projects which expand the outreach within the Midtown Phillips neighborhood: Banyan Community, St. Paul's ELCA, Somali TV, Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater, MN Youth Association, KRSM Radio, New Americans Youth Soccer Club and MadDads of Minneapolis.
Visit "Our Partners" page for more information.
MIDTOWN FESTIVAL AT OPEN STREETS
A multicultural gathering held in July featuring local talent and local food vendors, as well as participation from other community Partner organizations. A strategy to learn about our various neighborhood cultures and build relationships with residents. Neighborhood and city-wide programs and projects set up booths to inform and recruit involvement from the neighborhood. We create a ‘Midtown Phillips Zone’ as a part of Open Streets.
PHILLIPS CLEAN SWEEP
This is an annual event in partnership with Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling and composting to clean up the community. Midtown Phillips partners with three other neighborhoods in order to clean up the Phillips area and instill a sense of community accountability and pride. In 2018, over 750 volunteers came out to help pick up trash and meet neighbors. Local businesses supported this event through donations of food and supplies. City, county and neighborhood non-profits set up project displays during lunch to provide an educational component to this event. We also raise funds to provide 6 garbage trucks in the 4 Phillips neighborhoods to pick up tires, furniture, appliances, electronics, household construction, old carpet Free of Charge to all residents!
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Occurs nation-wide the first Tuesday of August. MPNAI partners with local community organizations to support block events. A majority of blocks within the Midtown Phillips area participate, raising awareness about neighborliness and creating ties between residents.
MEETING AND DINNER
At this meeting, we highlight speakers from various government entities come to inform residents about changes and projects occurring within the city. We host resource booths with information pertaining to the residents of Midtown Phillips. We also hold our annual board elections and present financial reports for the year, as well as showcase our community partners, who have been working hard to increase and maintain outreach within the Midtown Phillips neighborhood.
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