Facilitate Community Engagement
• Build connections among residents to identify and address community issues.
• Develop PPNA’s multi-cultural competence.
• Engage new neighborhood residents.
2014 Accountability Report to the Neighborhood
- Equitable Park Programming Equitable, culturally relevant park programming, hiring park staff who reflect park users and improved communication by the MPRB with neighborhood organizations are top priorities for PPNA.Last spring, the MPRB shifted personnel and placed new park directors in many neighborhood parks. By applying pressure on the MPRB, the new Powderhorn Park director responded by convening listening sessions in Spanish, door-knocking apartment buildings near the park, creating new culturally relevant programming and hiring more Spanish-speaking staff. Participation in programs and use of the building by Latino community members has increased.
- Spanish-Speaking Residents & Businesses Over one-third of Powderhorn Park residents are Latino and PPNA’s Board has identified outreach to Spanish-speaking residents and businesses as a top priority. PPNA is steering a strategic visioning process with our Latino Advisory Council to identify community needs and dreams, and to match these to existing PPNA and local resources or to develop new partnerships to meet these needs.PPNA launched the Powderhorn Park Latino Outreach Networking Group to gather quarterly all nonprofits, schools, communities of faith, park staff and police working in our neighborhood with Latino families.
- Powderhorn365 PPNA and the Powderhorn Park neighborhood proudly uses art to build community and empower residents. To this end, Powderhorn365 combines art and engagement to share the story of our South Minneapolis neighborhood through daily photographs. Thank you to all of our generous supporters of the P365 Kickstarter which raised over $5,000 for more affordable photo books.Powderhorn365 is everywhere! Check out the redesigned www.powderhorn365.org, P365 Facebook, Twitter, exhibits at Powderhorn Empty Bowls and the PPNA Annual Meal & Meeting and five years of photo books for sale. PPNA added four more utility box wraps to the neighborhood’s collection of ten. Powderhorn365 is made possible with the amazing support of the weekly and guest photographers and the P365 Committee.
- Annual Events Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration, Celebrating Our Independence, Powderhorn Art Fair and the PPNA Annual Community Meal & Meeting
- Monthly & Special Events Community Cafés, Ad Hoc Neighborhood Issue and Land Use Meetings, Immigration Law Sessions
2015 & Beyond
- MPRB South Side Area Master Planning PPNA serves a neighborhood wrapped around a park. The Powderhorn Park neighborhood’s identity and sense of unity are inseparable from our treasured park. PPNA is committed to advocating for and amplifying our community’s voice. The Park Board is launching a comprehensive review and planning process for all south side neighborhood parks. This will involve Powderhorn Park and surrounding parks. PPNA is actively involved representing the needs of our neighborhood and providing opportunities to hear ideas, dreams and concerns from our neighborhood.
- Safe & Livable Community Pilot Project PPNA knows from experience that art is a powerful tool for engaging residents to be creative and find solutions to local challenges. Inspired by ongoing conversations with residents and businesses between Lake and 31st Streets, PPNA is pulling together a diverse group of block club leaders, artists, business owners and Karen Notsch, Crime Prevention Specialist with the Minneapolis Police Department. This arts and outreach project will engage the 13 blocks between Chicago and Cedar Avenues to show our Powderhorn neighborhood pride.
- New Fourth of July Strategy Task Force
- New Committee Missions & Visioning
- New Programming for East African Residents
- New Cultural Outreach for 24th Annual Powderhorn Art Fair
- New & Improved Community Cafés
- New & Improved Quarterly Newsletters
- New & Improved ‘This Week @ PPNA’
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