Happy 10 years of Minnesota Rising! It was a decade ago this month that the first blog post went live on onMinnesotaRising.org and the work began to explore this question of how to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota, and develop the collective capacity of the rising generation to impact Minnesota's future. We've been so pleased to host five annual Un/Conferences equipping and connecting emerging Minnesota leaders; the “Our Minnesota” Cascading Conversations Tour; the Collaborative Competence Learning Labs Series focused on failure, imagination, story, and inquiry; multiple IDEA GENERATION events based on ProAction Cafe methodology; the LOCUS network for and by people of color and indigenous (POCI) leaders; a research project in the West Central region of the state entitled Greater Minnesota Rising; and so many more convenings and initiatives. We thank and celebrate with you, our network of 1000+ members and partners, for joining in this work of continuing to ask ourselves and our generation the critical questions that guide our actions individually and collectively. Cheers to 10 years more!
2019 ConnectUP! MN Summit
With 250 attendees, ConnectUP! MN Summit is the premier ecosystem event in Minnesota that convenes investors, entrepreneurs from underestimated communities (womxn, people of color, LGBTQ+, etc.), and entrepreneur community stakeholders (philanthropists, incubators, etc.) and offers action-oriented content and collaborative networking to bridge the 180 degrees of separation between entrepreneurs from underestimated communities and local investors. ConnectUP! MN Summit also serves as connective tissue across the disjointed entrepreneur ecosystem (includes investors, banks/CDFIs, philanthropy, incubators, nonprofits, academia, faith institutions & entrepreneurs); and fill gaps highlighted in SISG’s State of the Work Report. [Read more.]
Seeking LOTT Advisory Board Members
The Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (LOTT) is actively recruiting board members. LOTT ignites women to lead with confidence. When women lead with confidence, their leadership will build stronger, more equitable communities that will transform the world. LOTT wants you to help us live out this mission. Leaders of Today and Tomorrow is an entirely volunteer-run initiative. The LOTT Advisory Board oversees and plans all components of the fellowship and alumni/networking events bringing together women leaders throughout Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area. Learn more and apply by June 2! [Read more.]
Apply for Generation Listen Council
MPR's Generation Listen is seeking diverse perspectives to help shape the future of Minnesota Public Radio. As a Generation Listen Advisory Council Member, you’ll be invited to engage with MPR content creators and staff and assist in planning and hosting MPR events that highlight our community’s most pressing issues. You’ll join a blended network of young Minnesotans who share your passion for public radio, important conversations, and inspiration to impact the next generation of listeners—your voice will contribute to a community of engaged listeners and big thinkers. Application is due by Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5pm. You may submit your written application online or if you prefer, you may submit a video to email@example.com. [Read more.]
2019 Facing Race Awards
Nominations are open for the 2019 Facing Race Awards! Recognize the adults and youth in your community who are working to promote racial equity and anti-racism efforts in Minnesota by nominating them for a Facing Race Award. The Facing Race Awards are part of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations' commitment to equity and offer the chance to recognize community members who are courageously transforming our region and state. Two individuals will be selected and recognized on September 19 at the public award ceremony. Each award recipient will receive a $15,000 grant to direct to the nonprofit of their choice. Nominations will be open until June 7 at 3 p.m. [Read more.]
In this spring season of re-birth, we see nourishing investments in our neighborhoods, soil, and people taking bloom. Students are preparing for graduation and the turn of seasons offers increasing daylight and new growth. To follow nature's course, consider applying for the FINNOVATION Fellowship, a nine-month program that supports early-stage impact entrepreneurs who have bold ideas for sustainable, systems-level change. Or testing out a new idea or partnership with a Humanities Innovation Lab grant. And to see up close and in depth our relationship with water in Minnesota, join a Nibi Walkalong the Red Lake River, Cannon River, or Pokegama Lake, as you feel called. Here's hoping that snow and rain give way to sunny days and that these April showers indeed bring May flowers!
Seeking Humanities Innovation Lab Applications
The Humanities Innovation Lab supports individuals or organizations who use humanities practices and subject matters to make small steps toward a big idea. The Lab supports experimenting, playing, learning, and growing as the essential spark for humanities ideas with public impact. This opportunity is about answering the question “What would we do if we had $2,000 and six months to try something new?” Minnesota Humanities Center is calling this a Lab to foster an exploratory environment in which you don’t have to have it all figured out. [Read more.]
Seeking Mural Artist for Barbara Barker Center for Dance
The University of Minnesota's Dance Program is currently accepting proposals for a new mural for the lobby of the Barbara Barker Center for Dance. In this 20th anniversary year of the building, program leadership has identified the need for a rejuvenation of its space. The purpose of the new, two-dimensional mural is to infuse the space with a sense of joy, energize all who enter, evoke the idea of movement, and simply inspire. Any artist is welcome to submit a proposal. Preference will be given to artists with a connection to Minnesota. [Read more.]
Apply for 2019 #RunAsYouAre MN Training
#RunAsYouAre 2019: National Training is a day long workshop for women who want to run for office and support other women who want to run. VoteRunLead's signature "How to Run for Office" trainings, led by national certified trainers, will be in 20 cities across the country including Minneapolis on Friday, May 18. VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse women's campaign training organization in the country. To date, VoteRunLead has trained more than 33,000 women to run for office. VoteRunLead centers women of color, with 60% alumnae of color, and is the only organization working in America’s heartland with a Rural Women’s Initiative. [Read more.]
Ramsey County SummerLands Pilot Project
Does your community group have an idea for a temporary pop-up park, container garden, community event space or art installation? Ramsey County is making some land available for seasonal community use. Apply to manage a piece of land from June 2019 to October 2019. Applications must be received by May 2. Acceptable uses include: Temporary Community Event Space, Temporary Park or Greenspace, Temporary Art Installations, Temporary Container Garden. Visit the website for more information about available land and the application. [Read more.]
Spring has sprung, and we likewise sprang forward for Daylight Saving Time. The Vernal Equinox points to a balancing in nature of day and night, and with March being Women's History Month we saw a similar effort in humankind to balance gender equity through advancing the Equal Rights Amendment and celebratingInternational Women's Day on March 8. In the month ahead, opportunities abound for inspiration, self-care, learning and development, connecting, vulnerability, and balancing what we most wish to be and do with what the world needs most from us now. See opportunities below and on the sidebar in this month's Dispatch!
RaiseMN is open for business!
RaiseMN is the answer to years of research, listening, and planning as the GiveMN board and staff sought to fill the critical gap identified by Minnesota nonprofits: a lack of confidence that organizational fundraising strategy and infrastructure will keep up with the demands of their missions, especially among small- to medium-sized nonprofits. RaiseMN believes nonprofits are experts on their organizations and donor relationships, but sometimes need a little outside expertise or collaboration to build a right-sized sustainable fundraising strategy. That's why they use a coaching model, which relies on questions, listening, and thoughtfulness on both sides, to provide a bespoke experience for each organization they work with. The RaiseMN team has expertise – and particular energy – for working with small- to medium-sized fundraising shops. Whether you have one burning question or you're looking for on-going support, they're here to help! [Read more.]
Apply for Metropolitan Council Committees
Metro area residents who want to help shape regional policy and services are invited to apply for one of several advisory committees to the Metropolitan Council. The Council relies on these committees to help develop solutions that best serve the entire region and is seeking diverse perspectives – across geography, income, age, race and ethnicity, ability and life experiences – to inform policy-making and operations. Consider applying to serve on one of these seven advisory groups: Audit Committee, Equity Advisory Committee, Land Use Advisory Committee, Livable Communities Advisory Committee, Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, Transportation Accessibility Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Board. These are volunteer positions, but members are reimbursed for expenses related to their service, such as parking. [Read more.]
Take the MSP Hello Newcomers Survey
Share your experiences in our MSP HELLO Newcomers Survey: What makes you feel welcome or part of a community? How likely are you to stay in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) region? How easy or difficult was it to find the resources you needed when you moved here? Whether you have recently moved to MSP or relocated here many years ago, MSP Hello wants to hear more from you. What was a lifesaver? What more could have helped? Who or what are you looking to meaningfully connect with? By learning more about your experiences, the partnership can can continue to develop better solutions that meet your needs. Throughout 2019 and beyond, the team will take what you share and engage the community in creative and collaborative solutions. Take the survey today to help build a region that is more welcoming and inclusive and better connects newcomers to resources, communities and each other. [Read more].
Volunteer for Doors Open Minneapolis
Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that allows the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. It is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give visitors a FREE behind-the-scenes look at over 100 exciting venues. They to enrich experiences by presenting meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are. Greeters are needed for 4 hour shifts at each participating venue. You will welcome and register visitors, and be ambassadors for this great new civic program. You will receive a free Doors Open Minneapolis t-shirt and get ‘front of the line’ VIP access at all other venues. [Read more.]