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September 19 – The Wall of Forgotten Natives

September 19 – The Wall of Forgotten Natives

Patina Park, President/CEO, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Robert Lilligren, President and CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute & Samuel Olbekson, President of the Board of Directors, Minneapolis American Indian Center From rural reservations to inner city urban environments, Native Americans face unique challenges finding affordable and culturally appropriate housing options. This challenge..
July 10 – The Geography of Prince

July 10 – The Geography of Prince

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today… for an Urban Currents all about Minnesotan music legend, Prince! For the past three years, local music historian Kristen Zschomler has been researching, fact-checking and clarifying Prince’s historic journey. Now, she is presenting her fascinating and revealing excavations — many of which challenge long-held narratives and perceptions about..
June 12 – The Music of Minneapolis

June 12 – The Music of Minneapolis

Jason Wittenberg, Planning Manager for the City of Minneapolis & Elizabeth Gales, Historian/Architectural Historian at Hess Roise Minneapolis’ vibrant music scene has deep roots. They go well beyond Prince, Dylan and Westerberg. Last year, the City of Minneapolis set out to document this rich history, completing a first-of-its-kind Music Context Study which provided information on several genres..
November 14: Scooters, Ubers and Bikes, Oh My!

November 14: Scooters, Ubers and Bikes, Oh My!

While engineers and others continue tinkering with autonomous vehicles in labs, a transportation transformation is playing out on our streets and along our curbs. In recent years, we have seen bike share programs go dockless, multiple scooter companies arrive on our sidewalks, and ride-share cars continue their rise in popularity. With each innovation, our streets,..
July 25: Extremely Mainstream

July 25: Extremely Mainstream

Brenda Hoppe, Founder, Midwest Skateboarding Alliance and Dustin Grice, Founder/CEO, Ride Minnesota™ Skateboarding, BMX, and motocross and other “extreme” sports have taken over downtown the past two summers as Minneapolis develops further to support such sports. With the X-Games ramping up this weekend, this action-orientated sporting event shines light on the fast-paced summer activities that have become..
May 22: Afrofuturism in North Minneapolis: Designing a World Beyond the Status Quo

May 22: Afrofuturism in North Minneapolis: Designing a World Beyond the Status Quo

Roger Cummings, Chief Cultural Producer, Juxtaposition Arts The release of Marvel’s Black Panther brought Afrofuturism to the big screen, broadcasting a vision of futuristic technology. Black Panther redefined the classic Hollywood superhero movie and celebrated a dizzying array of African artistic traditions with people of African descent at the center. While Afrofuturism is generally an..
March 28: The Super Bowl – What Did We Learn?

March 28: The Super Bowl – What Did We Learn?

*Join us for an evening Urban Currents event* Steve Marsh, Senior Writer, Mpls-St. Paul Magazine and Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District We threw a party, we invited the world.  By most accounts, it ran smoothly and people had a good time. But now that everyone’s gone, we ask ourselves….what did..
January 25: It’s Just Beer … or is it?

January 25: It’s Just Beer … or is it?

*Join us for an evening Urban Currents event and see our newly renovated office* Sarah Bonvallet, Co-Owner and Creative Director at Dangerous Man Brewing Co., Gary Nicholas, founder of Nicholas Brewing Projects, and Adelheid Koski, President and Neighborhood Coordinator, Holland Neighborhood beer  /ˈbɪər/ : a beverage usually made from malted cereal grain (such as barley), flavored with hops,..
November 29: Dear Mayor-elect … Congratulations, Now the Work Begins.

November 29: Dear Mayor-elect … Congratulations, Now the Work Begins.

*Join us for an evening Urban Currents event*  Nick Minderman, Committee Member, Minneapolis Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee, Eleonore Wesserle,  Director of Narrative Strategy, Line Break Media and Alissa Pier, Commissioner, Minneapolis City Planning Commission It took a few rounds, but with the help of ranked choice voting, the City of Minneapolis has elected a new mayor. Between..
October 24: Characteristics of the Perfect Mayor

October 24: Characteristics of the Perfect Mayor

Special Election Edition of Urban Currents Unique cities, unique issues, and unique times. With the election around the corner, we are tuning out candidates’ debates and position statements for a moment to talk about the characteristics we should look for in our next mayor. While Minneapolis and Saint Paul are uniquely different, both face big..