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Bossen Mural Celebration (10/3)

As the paint dries on the Bossen mural, it is time to celebrate! Join Nokomis East mural artist Victor Yepez and NENA for an open house. Meet our artists including Nokomis East mosaic expert Dani Bianchini, learn about the community process and celebrate the newest public art addition to our neighborhood.

Bossen Mural Celebration Open House
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 pm
58th E Street & Sander Drive

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Minneapolis Monarch Festival (9/9)!

NENA presents the Minneapolis Monarch Festival on September 9 at beautiful Lake Nokomis!

The annual Monarch Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing migration from Minnesota to Mexico. Using art, music, dance, games, native plants, prairie tours and food, the festival raises awareness of the need to provide and protect monarch habitat.

Festival Website


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NENA Welcomes New Wenonah Board Member

In July, Mark Keeler of Wenonah was appointed to fill a recently vacated seat on the NENA Board of Directors. Mark has been a member of the NENA Board since 2015 and served as the Board Chair in 2016-2017.

Mark’s hope for his Board term is to see new and innovated businesses move into our area. I’m concerned that as housing prices rise in our area that affordable housing will become even more difficult to find. Also, he hopes NENA continues to be a connecting place for all organizations in our community.

Vocationally, Mark has been a pastoral lead in a few different churches around Minneapolis for the past eight years. He is also a very good bowler and showed off his skill at Town Hall Lanes earlier this year.

Mark and his wife Kelly live in the Wenonah neighborhood and recently welcomed their second child. He said, “We love the feeling of living in a small town in a big city. In the small of amount amount of time we have lived here we have enjoyed building relationships with our neighbors and local businesses.”

We are glad that Mark has rejoined the NENA team!

Click here for information about serving on NENA’s Board.


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Nokomis East Garage Sale Day (6/17)

Save the Date – Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

The annual NENA garage sale brings buyers and sellers together for a neighborhood wide event. Whether you’re looking to clean out the basement or seeking reasonably priced hidden treasures, this is the event for you, your friends and family.  Last year, over 100 sales took part in the all-day event, which draws bargain hunters from all over the metro area.

Please consider making a donation to support this free event.

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2017 Neighborhood Garage Sale Day Map

Double click on the map pin or on an address to see the sale description.




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Call for Mural Artist for Bossen Area Mural (6/2)

Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) invites artists to apply for mural painting commission
Application deadline: June 2, 2017, 12:00 p.m. at NENA

NENA will award a commission to complete a mural in August 2017 at a garage located at 5757 Sander Drive (Garage located on 58th Street S).  This project is produced by NENA with support from the City of Minneapolis Health Department

NENA works to better the quality of life and build a sense of community pride by sponsoring actions which help our environment, businesses and homes.


  • Engage the community through art making and art access on what makes a healthy , livable neighborhood with a lens for healthy eating, being active and tobacco-free living
  • Demonstrate the community interest in creating a healthy, livable neighborhood
  • Prevent graffiti
  • Advance NENA’s mission


  • 5757 Sander Drive (South façade of garage located on 58th Street S).
  • Mural size negotiable
  • Paint on existing vinyl siding OR on another surface to be hung on building

All Minnesota artists or artist teams are eligible to apply, but applications from Minneapolis community members may receive preferential consideration.

Artist(s) will be paid a total fee of $6,000 to include artist stipend and project materials.  NENA will make two payments.  This first payment will be for $3,500 in June when the contract is signed and one for $2,500 after the mural is completed.

Artist will design the mural that will include community members input on what makes a healthy, livable neighborhood with a lens for healthy eating, being active and tobacco-free living. Artist will direct the production of the mural painting, prepare the site, paint the mural, and create opportunities for and engage community members to contribute to the mural painting. The artist will determine appropriate contributions for youth and/or adult volunteers that are safe to execute and produce a high quality mural.  NENA will connect community volunteers with the project.

June 2              Artist applications due.
June                 Selection committee considers applications, community input, property owner input.
June 23           Artist selection and notification.
June – Aug     Artist joins NENA staff to visit the Bossen area and meet neighbors.
August 1          Mural design due date; property owner approval is sought.
August 18        Community paint day – led by artist.
August 25        Community paint day – led by artist.

This is a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). It is not necessary to submit a site-specific design or proposal. Artists will be chosen on the basis of art examples, statement of interest, qualifications in public art and creating art with volunteers, and proposals if provided.


  • Your name, address, phone and email.
  • Statement of interest in and suitability for this opportunity- a community engagement and mural project.
  • Plan for engaging the community to determine neighborhood interests.
  • Artist resume, including work with youth/community volunteers to make art.
  • Art examples: 3-5 high-res jpg images total. Include completed public projects AND/OR other artwork AND/OR designs you would envision for this project.
  • Identification/description (brief) of each sample image you submitted.
  • 2 References that can speak to your ability to achieve project outcomes.

Email materials to Becky Timm at Materials must be received by June 2 at 12:00 p.m.

Becky Timm, Executive Director
Nokomis East Neighborhood Association
4313 E. 54th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55417

PDF Document

Mural Site

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New Board Members Elected at the NENA Annual Meeting (4/27)

NENA is a growing community-based nonprofit organization serving four unique, welcoming neighborhoods with over 14,600 residents and dozens of businesses in the southeast corner of Minneapolis. NENA is dedicated to bettering the quality of life and building a sense of community pride by sponsoring actions which help our environment, businesses and homes.

This is your neighborhood. This is your opportunity. This is your time to get involved.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, neighbors from all over East Nokomis gathered at our Annual Meeting, coming together to make their neighborhoods a better, stronger and healthier place to live.  Nokomis East’s Annual Meeting provided updates on what the organization has been working on and the plans for the future. It’s an opportunity for members of our community to get involved.At the Annual Meeting, NENA held elections for the Board of Directors for 10 open seats – neighborhood and at-large representatives. NENA Members – like you – voted on our organization’s leaders.

Newly Elected and Re-Elected Board Members

Front Row – Tina Wong (Wenonah), Liz Brophey (Wenonah), and Katie Sheetz (At-Large). Back Row – Dave Larson (At-Large), Domonique Gilmer (Wenonah), Jack Dickinson (At-Large), Ian Turner Baebenroth (Keewaydin), Aaron Weiss (Minnehaha), and Corey Mabis-Rowe (Keewaydin), Larry Ouellette (Keewaydin – Not Pictured).

Learn more about Serving on the NENA Board.  Looking for more information, please contact NENA’s Executive Director Becky Timm at (612) 724-5652 or

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