Are you an artist, neighborhood organizer, or interested in finding creative ways to engage with your community?
We’re working with the Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC) on a new public engagement project designed to creatively connect North Minneapolis residents with the opportunities and resources that NRRC has to offer, and with each other. The Neighborhood Cart (working title) is a mobile neighborhood engagement cart that invites passersby to meet their neighbors and to engage in creative, playful, and accessible activities. The cart will be staffed by NRRC board members, community residents, and neighborhood leaders, who will dispense healthy treats and information about NRRC programs and resources, while also inviting creative interaction, face-to-face conversation, and storytelling.
We believe neighborhoods are not only the sum of their roads, schools, and shopping malls; they’re the sum of their relationships. NRRC has been engaged in the work of building relationships with and among neighbors since 1969, yet reaching out and engaging a broad population of residents and sustaining that engagement remains a challenge. Traditional meeting schedules and structures, as well as perceptions of the accessibility and relevance of neighborhood engagement can be a barrier to broader visibility and participation in neighborhood organizing efforts. We seek to address this by creating a direct line of contact with and between neighbors in a way that is creative, playful, accessible, and fun.
Please take a few moments to provide some information to inform this project by answering a few questions here. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes. And THANK YOU!