2019 is off to an historic start with the longest U.S. government shutdown in history and the polar vortex visiting record-breaking cold temperatures across the Midwest and beyond. To keep up the cold front, celebrate with The Great Northern 2019, which brings together legacy festivals and original programming, all highlighting Minnesota at its wintry best with an accessible, family-friendly focus. To get a break from the frigid air, consider joining a human rights delegation focused on migration and social movements in Honduras this spring. And to make sure our communities count in 2020 and continue to be fully resourced in the years to come, get active with the Minnesota Census Mobilization Partnership. Wishing you warmth in the meantime!
Tapping the Potential of Community Engagement
This workshop series is designed to deepen your knowledge, broaden your perspective, and sharpen your skills as you explore the potential for community engagement to create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. The sessions are for anyone who is interested in learning more about community engagement, or for those who wish to deepen their work with community. NOTE: Attendance at all four sessions is required, as this is a cohort experience and each session builds upon previous sessions. [Read more.]
APM Podcasts: Open Call
Have an idea for a new podcast? American Public Media, a division of Minnesota Public Radio (“MPR”), is launching an open call for podcast pitches. They’re looking for storytellers, producers and new talent from all backgrounds to join in entertaining, educating and connecting with people in new ways. They’re ultimately looking for two to three new show ideas to develop into pilots and potentially full seasons of at least six episodes. If selected for a full season, APM will also provide marketing and PR support, underwriting/sales and membership opportunities, and the opportunity to collaborate, cross-promote and learn from other APM Podcast teams. [Read more.]
East Metro Pulse
Data can reveal many things about a place. But the way a community functions is more nuanced than numerical.The Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations released the second volume of East Metro Pulse, a survey of residents in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties that measures community vitality and quality of life. The data is free and available ateastmetropulse.org, and the Foundations encourage policy makers, funders and local leaders to use the data to find opportunities to learn, champion important issues and create new networks that will benefit the community. [Read more.]
Wilder Foundation Training and Consulting Services
The Wilder Center for Learning and Excellence™ at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation provides educational training and consulting services that connect you to the decades of experience and community wisdom generated from helping people and organizations develop new skills and ideas, address vital community issues and reach their full potential. The team is comprised of practitioners grounded in research, learning from the community, and accelerating what works through continued education! They offer a variety of training in topics that are culturally responsive, reflect the community Wilder serves and are relevant for Wilder's overall mission. [Read more.]
As we bid 2018 farewell, we thank you for your readership and engagement with Minnesota Rising. The year ahead features our 10th anniversary as a network and we look forward to celebrating with you all in the months ahead. Wishing you and yours every good thing in 2019!
”For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot
”The beginning is always today.” —Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
”I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” – Neil Gaiman
Stories from the East Side
omg (the other media group) was built out of community need. When POC/I have stories to share, there is no central, mainstream place for them to do this. A collaborative effort is in the works to enhance community building and affect change. omg came out of a passion for bringing people of all backgrounds together and celebrate our lives through storytelling. Stories from the East Side is a special project by the East Side Funders Group. The goal of this promotion is to increase regional awareness about the East Side’s uniqueness and to recognize the people who contribute to its vibrancy and sense of community. [Read more.]
2019 Apprentice Program
The goal of the North Spark apprentice program is to share the systems built over the years to produce this beloved event, and to foster an exchange of skills and community knowledge in the neighborhoods where the festival is taking place. For this year's Apprentice Positions, Northern Lights.mn is looking for candidates with cultural connections and community involvement in the Rondo neighborhood of St. Paul and the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis. Applications are due January 11. [Read more.]
Seeking WFMN Innovator Applicants
Young women of color, American Indian young women, young women from Greater Minnesota, LGBTQ+ youth, and young women with disabilities between the ages 16-24, apply to become a WFMN Innovator today. Through the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota WFMN Innovators program, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota provides one-time microgrants of $2,500 directly to young women (ages 16-24) to support their leadership and to drive their ideas and solutions that advance key recommendations in the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (YWI MN) Blueprint for Action. Applications are due January 10. [Read more.]
2019-2020 Resident Artist Research Project
The Bell Museum is seeking four resident artists for the 2019-2020 cycle of their Resident Artist Research Project (RARP). With the opening of a new facility in July 2018 that includes a state-of-the-art digital planetarium and a five-acre outdoor learning landscape, its role is expanding to become the gateway to the sciences at the University of Minnesota. The museum-based artist residency program invites dynamic candidates from all disciplines to investigate artistic practice as a lens for science discovery in four, 12-15 week residencies taking place over the span of 18 months. Applications are due January 20. [Read more.]
In the past few weeks, Minnesota has elected as Lieutenant Governor the first Native American woman to ever be elected to statewide executive office in U.S. history and the first Somali American elected to the United States Congress. Across our communities, we are represented by an increasingly diverse delegation of decision-makers, spanning those who are the original inhabitants of this land to some of the newer arriving refugee groups to the state. In other recent record-setting news, GiveMN's 10th annual Give To The Max Day raised over $21 million for nonprofits and schools on November 15, bringing the total raised by generous Minnesotans since GiveMN.org's inception to over $200 million.
To contribute to this spirit of inclusive and invested leadership, see opportunities in this month's Dispatch to continue learning, speaking up, building relationships, and taking action to ensure equitable and vibrant communities. In particular, consider opportunities to lead state agencies as part of the Walz-Flanagan administration, volunteering with groups like the Science Museum of Minnesota and Reading Partners, or applying to serve on the leadership teams of LOCUS and LOTT.
During this season of reflection and gratitude, know we at Minnesota Rising are grateful for you as readers and partners in the network. Thank you!
Call for 2019 Leadership Team Applications
LOCUS was founded in 2013 as an initiative of Minnesota Rising, which works to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota, and focuses on developing the collective capacity of the rising generation. LOCUS, in turn, was created by and for people of color and/or indigenous peoples (POCI) to intentionally center ourselves in the conversation about Minnesota’s future. We host regular dialogues, events, and family dinners. We embrace and support each other through the pursuit of stronger connection and inclusiveness. Through these practices, we strive to cultivate a pool of identity-driven leaders, ready to lead in our local communities. Applications for our 2019 Leadership Team will be accepted through December 18, 2018. [Read more.]
Pupusas, pan, y política: El Censo 2020
Citizens League se enfoca en ayudar a todos quien viven in Minnesota a entender el poder político que tienen en sus comunidades. Por ese motivo, estamos organizando nuestro primer evento que se dará acabo completamente en español. En esta ocasión, se trata del Censo del 2020. ¿Cómo funciona el censo federal? ¿Qué datos se piden, y como se usan? ¿Cuál es la controversia sobre una posible pregunta el en censo sobre ciudadanía? ¿Qué preparaciones ya se están haciendo para juntar los datos de todos los Minnesotanos? [Leer más.]
MN State Agency Appointment Process
Governor-elect Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor-elect Peggy Flanagan announced key members of the gubernatorial transition office to lead the process of appointing Commissioners for the various State Agencies. The transition office Hiring Directors are responsible for guiding applicants for Commissioner through the Governor-elect's appointment process. They will work hand-in-hand with the One Minnesota Transition Advisory Board. Hiring Directors are fielding applicants, reaching out to stakeholder groups, and broadcasting that everyone interested in applying has to submit their application materials by December 7. [Read more.]
Third Thursday: Hello Winter
MSP HELLO aims to welcome newcomers and helps them build meaningful connections to resources and people in the community. Join MSP HELLO at this FREE event to get a taste of all the wintry things happening in the Twin Cities this season! On Thursday, December 20 from 6pm - 9pm, discover Minnesota’s wintertime fun with local organizations and resources to stay warm, get outside, explore, and embrace winter. Connect with longtime locals and newcomers to MSP region. Make art, sip a warm libation, enjoy live music and take a winter-themed tour of Mia’s collection. [Read more.]