Creative City Road Map June e-update

The Creative City Road Map planning process is helping us think strategically about how the city’s arts and creative assets can contribute to the local and regional economy and improve Minneapolis’ quality of life. Find the planning process mission here.

We’re thinking about geometry: June is about triangles

Yes, we’re tri-an-gu-lating folks! What does that mean you ask? It’s a fancy way of saying we’re approaching our planning process from a variety of perspectives. We’ll talk about three types of triangulation below: methodological, investigator, and data. More research speak for the jargon junkies below and find a complete list of jargon here.

Methodological triangulation (phew, that’s a mouthful!)

This means we collected data in a variety of ways in our planning process. Learn more about the different data sources from our community engagement efforts here, including the survey, “what is your creative Minneapolis?” cards, and the community mural. Our work group members also offer valuable data as they bring their perspectives of working in arts and culture in Minneapolis. Find more information about the recent May work group meeting here

The Artist Engagement Teams crash Open Streets
Work group members ponder data. Photo credit: bfreshproductions

Investigator triangulation or “it takes more than one person to screw in a light bulb!”

We not only collected data from multiple data sources, we looked at the data through multiple perspectives, including hiring Voices for Racial Justice, holding Data Jams, and expanding our Staff Data Team. Find more information about how we’re using investigator triangulation here.

Data Jam with work group members at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota.
The staff data team: Abdiwahab Ali, Rachel Engh, and Ravi Reddi.

Data and data and data, OH MY! Yes, its data triangulation

We’re comparing data collected during the planning process against other research to check our findings for consistency, noting where others have seen the same results and paying attention to what this might mean.

At our May work group meeting, we presented our draft goals and objectives. Under each goal in the Creative City Road Map, we’ll give a snapshot of where we currently stand with this goal: what’s going well and where there is room for improvement. We’ll develop the snapshots from a variety of data sources, practicing data triangulation! We’re most interested in the intersections among data sources that shed light on particular goals or objectives. Here’s an example of data triangulation:

Goal: Local artists and creative practitioners thrive with access to resources and opportunities

In the next couple of months, we’ll practice tons of data triangulation in order to tell the story of the current state of arts and culture in Minneapolis. Stay tuned for more!

Coming up next

Join us

July 17, Coffee Talk with Gulgun Kayim, 9-10:30 a.m., Café Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave. S.: Join Gulgun Kayim, Director of the Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program, for her community office hours every third Friday of the month at Café Southside.


July 30, system partners and organizations meeting (this is not a public event)

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