NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
A Party Invitation and
Call for Artists, Party Hosts, and Musicians
from SEMILLA CENTER
We had a hard year last year, in many, many ways. Covid-19, economic hardship, violence, addiction, police brutality, social unrest, and homelessness have all increased the neighborhood's fear and isolation. One good thing that came out of the emergency of the uprising last year was getting to know new neighbors and looking out for one another during troubling times. We hope and feel better times are coming, Spring is arriving, and we at Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts have an idea, An Invitation! We want to help create better times with new connections, strengthening existing connections and increasing community trust, using art and parties- Art Parties! to celebrate together and continue looking out for one another. Starting in March, Semilla Center started hosting these art parties on the first Wednesday of the month, starting online while it was colder outside and then we will start to meet in person, outdoors in May - September, and moving indoors, in person in October or November. The parties are a place to create things, to chat, to eat, to dance, to space out, to smile, to celebrate, to meet neighbors, to share information about where we live together and create solutions together to make a healthier and safer neighborhood, this year and beyond. We are starting by making simple lanterns at the parties and lighting them in our windows and on our porches every Wednesday night to remind each other we are keeping the lights on for each other, we are here for each other. Anybody in Phillips can attend but we are also focusing outreach on a small area around the Semilla Center, from 26th St. to Lake St. and Bloomington to 14th Ave. S.
Dates for the Art Parties are:
First Wednesday of the Month, 5:30-7:30pm at locations in Midtown Phillips TBD soon.
May 5, June 9, July 7, August 3*, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1
*The party on August 3 will be on a Tuesday night for National Night Out.
Semilla Center will provide funding for Party Hosts, Artists, and Musicians for these Art Parties:
-Hosts will be Midtown Phillips neighbors that provide food and drinks, and coordinate with Semilla staff and artists to host the Art Party in a designated space. Hosts will receive $333 for each party.
-Artists will design and create a lantern-making art activity with Phillips neighbors at the Art Party in coordination with Semilla staff. Artists will receive $333 for each party.
-Musicians will play music or DJ for the Art Parties in coordination with the Semilla staff. Musicians will receive $333 for each party.
If you would like to be an Artist, Host or Musician or if have any questions you can write to us at email@example.com. Please put Art Parties in the email title and propose what you would like to do as a Host, Artist, or Musician. To stay updated on the parties, check out our website at semillacenter.org or at Semilla Center on Facebook.
Job Opportunity with Midtown Greenway Coalition
Midtown Bike + Walk Ambassador Coordinator
CEPRO Site Community
The master plan for the CEPRO site along the Midtown Greenway includes an urban agriculture zone along the alley
side of the park, near the existing orchard. The CEPRO Site is Minneapolis Parks and Recreation land, adjacent to the Midtown Greenway at 10th Ave So in Midtown Phillips.
Take this survey to express what type of urban agriculture amenity you would most like to see in that part of the park. Thanks for participating!
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.