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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

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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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Planting the Seeds – Food Garden Build Day (4/29)

Are you interested in gardening, building community and raising food for good local causes?  You should attend this meeting!  Help our neighborhood add a third community garden – this one will grow food for you and for local food shelves.

St. James Episcopal Church on Minnehaha Parkway is expanding the onsite garden and is inviting neighbors to join.

Everyone is welcome – first time gardeners to expert green thumbs.  At the planning meeting, we will discuss the shared goals of the project, how the garden will be run and we will determine the name of this new green patch.

Community gardens add beauty to the neighborhood and heighten people’s awareness and appreciation for living things.  In addition to growing plants, you will be growing community connections and meeting new neighbors.

Garden Build Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017
St James on the Parkway – 3225 E Minnehaha Pkwy
8:30 a.m. – Coffee, donuts, and volunteer sign-in
9 a.m. – Garden building begins
12 p.m. – Potluck lunch
We will work until the garden beds are built. Come and join us for all or part of the day.

Meet your neighbors, share some food, and help build NENA’s first community food garden! This garden will grow food for local food shelves.

St. James Episcopal Church on Minnehaha Parkway is expanding the onsite garden and is inviting neighbors to join. This is the first big workday for the food garden, where we will be building the new garden beds and adding height to existing beds.

All volunteers 12+ are encouraged to join! Bring work gloves and wear attire appropriate for the weather. If you are joining us for lunch, please bring a dish or snack to share!

This is a project of NENA’s Green Initiatives Committee.  All are welcome!

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NENA General Membership Meeting – NRP Plan Modification and Bylaws Amendments (3/6)

Update:  The NENA General Membership Meeting on March 6, 2017, was a success!  NENA members voted unanimously to approve the proposed amendments to the bylaws.  Members also voted 43 to 1 to approve the NRP Plan Modification.

Background:  The NENA Board of Directors has scheduled a General Membership meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017, to present the next steps of the strategic planning process.  In December 2015, the Board passed the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, and over the past year, has made significant progress.

As part of the Strategic Plan, NENA has developed a multi-year strategy for funding housing, commercial, streetscape, environmental and community engagement projects initiated by the neighborhood.  In March, the NENA Board will share with our community this funding strategy and ask for support from the community at the General Membership meeting.

Highlights include adding an additional $100,000 to NENA’s home improvement loan programs; housing and renter outreach programs, including the new NENA Curb Appeal Matching Grant Lottery; green initiatives such as the new 50th Street Monarch and Pollinator Corridor Project and the Minneapolis Monarch Festival; community development projects in partnership with the Nokomis East Business Association and local businesses; and continued funding for neighborhood favorites such as the Annual Nokomis East Garage Sale Day and Nights out with NENA.  Join us to learn about what NENA has planned for the upcoming years to benefit our neighborhood.

As part of NENA’s multi-year funding strategy, the NENA Board is also recommending a NRP Plan Modification to move $115,000 to Environmental Programming and $25,000 to Community Development Programming.  These funds will be reallocated from over-funded program areas including Housing Initiatives, Environmental Initiatives – Tree Planting, Community Engagement Initiatives and Staff Support.  The Plan Modification requires minor language changes to allow for an expanded programmatic use of NRP funds.

NRP Plan Modification Handout

In addition to the NRP Plan Modification, the Board will present proposed amendments to NENA’s Bylaws.

All residents, businesses and property owners in the four Nokomis East neighborhoods are strongly encouraged to attend on March 6, 2017, and help NENA plan for the future.   Both proposals require a vote and approval from the General Membership.

NENA General Membership Meeting
Monday, March 6, 2017
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Morris Park Recreation Center – 5531 39th Avenue S.

Questions?  Contact NENA’s Executive Director Becky Timm at 612-724-5652 or

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46th Street / Riverview Corridor Community Input Meeting (3/2)

The Longfellow Community Council, the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association are co-hosting a community information and input session on March 2, 2017.

Come and learn more about the Riverview Corridor and plans for 46th Street from the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority.

The public meeting is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be an open house format, with a short presentation from the county at 6:15 p.m. County staff will be present to answer questions throughout the meeting.

Come with your questions and suggestions. This is an occasion to identify any concerns you may have about the project. You’ll have an opportunity to see the project design concepts and hear and exchange ideas with your neighbors and county staff.

Community Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dowling Elementary School
3900 W River Parkway

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First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off & Fundraiser (2/4)

Update:  And the winner is … Jakob Gant with his amazingly delicious Creamy White Chili in a Crock-Pot!

It was a fun evening with many of our Nokomis East neighbors for the First Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off. This great event raised money for NENA’s work in our community such as the Bossen Renters Fair, the Annual Nokomis Garage Sale and our two community gardens – Nokomis East Gateway Gardens and the Nokomis Naturescape.  Start testing out recipes for next year!

Compete for the grand title of “Best Crock Potter” in Nokomis East on Feb. 4, 2017!

Bring your family and friends to the First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook-Off.  Better yet, show off your culinary skills and compete.  All proceeds raised during this event will go towards NENA’s programs and initiatives in Nokomis East. We hope to see you there!

We all know that Minnesotans know how to whip up a dish in a pot.  Is your specialty a traditional cream of mushroom delight or do you have somWinner of contest (1)ething a little bit more exotic? Let the community be the judge on who will be the 2017 Cook-Off Champ. Did we mention there will be a trophy!

This is a family-friendly event.  Ingredients will be listed for each entry to avoid allergies or food sensitivities.

Event Tickets

Each ticket includes entry, samples, bread, dessert and voting tickets. Each attendee will receive three tickets to vote for their favorite entry(s), so use them wisely!
First Annual Great Nokomis East Crock-Pot Cook Off & Fundraiser

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church – 5011 31st Ave S

For questions, email or call 612-724-5652.

Building our community one pot at a time!

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