Last week, the traveling Creative City Road Map exhibit wrapped up its stint at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and made its way south east to the Brian Coyle Community Center.
Music and discussion at UROC
Before leaving UROC, artist engagement team members Keegan Xavi and Chrys Carroll hosted a “loop back” event full of music, delicious food from Ghandi Mahal Restaurant, and discussion about the Road Map and arts in Minneapolis.
After a welcome from Keegan and Chrys, Representative Keith Ellison took the stage where he strummed tunes on his guitar and waxed poetic on the importance of artists and arts in our community. He said that one result of the Road Map planning process has been building a base of constituents that share values and understanding of needs in the arts ecology.
Keegan and Chrys took people on a tour of the exhibit and then led a discussion about the Road Map, including individual artists’ needs and how it would be implemented.
A big thank you to Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Gallery Curator and Special Projects Coordinator at UROC, for hosting the traveling exhibit and the “loop back” at UROC.
Coffee, tea and conversation at Brian Coyle Center
Last Friday, Road Map team members Rachel Engh and Abdiwahab Ali hosted an informal Coffee Talk at Brian Coyle. With refreshments from Mapps Coffee and Tea and Afro Deli, two local Cedar Riverside businesses, Rachel and Abdiwahab answered questions about the planning process and led a conversation about the Road Map, including discussing arts and cultural activities going on in the neighborhood.
In attendance were representatives from The Cedar Cultural Center, West Bank Business Association, Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and the University of Minnesota. Abdiwahab was available to translate Road Map content into Somali for non-English Somali speakers.
A big thank you to the Brian Coyle Center staff for making us feel welcome!
Last chance to see the Road Map exhibit!
Up next, the Road Map exhibit travels to its last stop, Two Rivers Gallery, from Nov. 2-10, with a “loop back” event on Nov. 10.