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.]
Despite it being the shortest month, February has been full to overflowing. There were numerous opportunities to celebrate Black History Month throughout the past 28 days and there are multiple ways to continue to learnabout and support local African American culture and community all year long. This month ushered in the Year of the Pig as the Lunar New Year kicked off on February 5. And of course, we set the record for the snowiest February in Minnesota history, with more than a foot of snow falling in the Twin Cities since the record was broken earlier this month. As we keep count of the snowfall as well as one another, we can start to staff up for the 2020 Census and nominate our colleagues and co-conspirators for the 2019 Nonprofit Leadership Awards. Thanks for your work to help surface and support other leaders with these submissions, and may coming together to overcome the record-breaking levels of snow bring out the best in all of us!
"She Won! Now What?" International Women's Day Reception
In honor of International Women's Day, LOCUS is partnering with POWERMoves to celebrate amazing women of color who are leading as elected officials, entrepreneurs, and so much more. Special guests at "She Won! Now What?" on Friday, March 8 include: Marquita Butler, the 2nd black woman elected to the Brooklyn Center City Council; Maria Regan Gonzales, the 1st Latina Mayor of Richfield; and MN Fateemah, award winning stylist & Beauty Inclusion Strategist. Enjoy light snacks, treat yourself to a complimentary cocktail and gift bag, and take photos with FotoGenic MN! [Read more.]
Challenging Islamaphobia Conference
Join the largest regional conference on challenging Islamophobia in the nation. The conference will bring leading national experts of Islamophobia, as well as community leaders in Minnesota addressing how to challenge Islamophobia. Last year's conference drew over 250 attendees from school administrators, government employees, corporate diversity and inclusion leaders, non-profit leaders and elected officials, students, and community activists. The mission of CAIR-Minnesota is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. [Read more.]
Apply for NEW Leadership™ Development Institute 2019
NEW Leadership™ Northern Lights has held an annual NEW Leadership™ Development Institute since 2004. These intensive five-day residential institutes provide leadership training, inspiration and support for women in the upper Midwest. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting women from communities that are underrepresented in public leadership. Participants gain valuable leadership experience by attending workshops on: running for office, public speaking, fundraising and grant writing, public policy advocacy, working with the traditional and new media, and building community partnerships. [Read more.]
Changing Racial Narratives in Media Conference
On March 19-20, attend "Truth and Transformation: Changing Racial Narratives in Media, an innovative conference that aims to equip media professionals to challenge racial narratives and build trust in local news media. Learn how to create more accurate, complete and trustworthy "narratives by challenging racial bias -- for yourself, your work and your communities. The conference is the product of a collaboration between The Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Public Radio, KMOJ, Pillsbury United Communities, ThreeSixty Journalism at the University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University. [Read more.]