Artist Engagement Team members Sha Cage and E.G. Bailey, in partnership with Alejandra Tobar-Alatriz of Lake Street Arts and Pangea World Theater hosted the first “loop back” event Monday at Midtown Global Market. Opening with a poem, Sha captivated the lunch crowd and set the energy for the rest of the event.
Alejandra then introduced Elder Sharon Day, executive director of the Indigenous People’s Taskforce, who shared some words about Indigenous Peoples Day and performed an original song.
Sha described the Creative City Road Map planning process and E.G. shared some of the key findings from the information we collected from the community. Alejandra, who has been part of the Creative City Road Map planning process as a committee member, gave her perspective on the planning process and offered to translate the content Sha and E.G. presented into Spanish.
Sha and E.G. then led a group to the Creative City Road Map exhibit, which had been displayed for the previous week on the Midtown Global Market’s Art Wall. They talked about the exhibit and filled in the comment cards with ideas and questions regarding the Road Map.
The “loop backs” are designed to reach underserved communities around Minneapolis and return to geographies we engaged during the first part of the planning process. The goals of the “loop backs” are to report back on what we heard, and ask for feedback on the draft Road Map and ideas for how to achieve Road Map goals. Join us at the next exhibit and “loop back” event at the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center Oct. 14-20.