Give to the Max Day

By Margo Ashmore

Support the Arts District on Give to the Max Day

“The best thing about Northeast is its eclectic vibe …[it’s where] old and new Minneapolis meet. The southern portion … is filled with dive bars … around for decades, award-winning new restaurants, breweries and art studios galore that come even more alive during the annual Art-a-Whirl studio tour…The Arts District is a highly walkable area within it … that offers a little of everything that makes greater Northeast the neighborhood that it is.”

Kathy Mommsen tile mural

— This passage from the Washington Post’s Travel Section “ONE SQUARE MILE: Northeast Arts District,” the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District opens our page onGiveMN.org for Give to the Max Day. We hope you’ll make us one of your organizations that you give to on this festive online day that raises funds for many great causes.

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is home to hundreds of artists whose studios and storefronts make it a destination for travelers and a coveted place to live and/or work.

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District board members are the guardians and voice of this city-designated “one square mile” District. We advocate for preserving and expanding space used to produce art.  We support and promote artists, arts and culture, incubate arts-related projects, encourage thoughtful community-connected economic growth, tourism and worldwide cultural artistic exchanges.

Our programs and activities:  

• Hosting hard-hitting public forums with candidates and elected officials on issues such as gentrification and creative sustainability; Advocating for additional affordable maker space and ensuring the arts and creative economy play a central role in all neighborhood developments;

• Promoting artists’ work through social media channels, Arts Insights (this monthly feature in the Northeaster) and exhibits, such as the Airport exhibits that will kick off in January 2021.

• Exploring, with the public, the practical applications of arts — in development, education, health, healing and more, through PechaKucha Nights that have been known to bring people to tears of understanding.

Funds raised from the 2020 Give to the Max Day will magnify the work of visionary volunteers, keeping the proverbial lights on while building stronger leadership through wise application of occasional, strategic paid hands.

USA Today readers voted Northeast Minneapolis Arts District #1 in 2015, and we’ve been visited as a model ever since. We know the world is watching and learning. Help us keep getting it right!

What contributions could support:

$450 buys a zoning appeal, or an hour a day for a month of daily social media posting

$250 supports a month of website maintenance and development

$100 buys snacks for the public attending a future forum

$50 supports the PechaKucha license

$25 buys a box of envelopes.

Any amount counts! Thank you for your support at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Northeast-Minneapolis-Arts-District on November 19 or before.