Call for Ideas: The Northside Oral History Project


ReCAST Minneapolis

Northside Oral History 

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting Request for Ideas for Phase 2 of the Northside Oral History Project!

ReCAST is a federally-funded program within the Division of Race and Equity at the City of Minneapolis. It exists to address trauma that arises as a result of structural and historical racism.

ReCAST has three main goals:

  • increase trust and understanding between community residents and City staff
  • provide opportunities for healing and capacity building for community residents and City staff
  • create opportunities for community residents and City staff to engage in shared decision making.

The Northside Oral History Project addresses our first goal. This project centers the stories of residents who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area for decades. Through this work, we will elevate the stories of resistance and resilience that have made the community what it is. The purpose of this project is to bring residents and City staff together to create asset based systems change.

There are two distinct phases of this project:

  • Phase 1: Working with 4000 More Creative we captured the stories of 90 community elders. We recently concluded this phase as of April 2019. We extend appreciation and gratitude to our partners who made this success possible: Oak Park - Pillsbury United Communities, Masjid An Nur, Liberty Community Church, and Northside Residents Redevelopment Council.
  • Phase 2: We will invite organizations and other applicable entities to design an art project that will tell these stories creatively. Projects could include: an exhibit, a mural, a teaching curriculum, a performance, music, or place-making feature. We intend on selecting up to 3 artists for this phase with budgets up to $25,000.

We are currently accepting applications from vendors for ideas on art projects. Interested applicants will be provided with the executive summaries from Phase 1 that will give them a high level understanding of participants’ stories. Based on the executive summaries:

  • applicants will fill out an application explaining their interest in the project
  • how they would develop and implement the project
  • provide work samples that show the artist’s capacity to follow through on their vision. Applicants will also be asked to provide a budget and a timeline.

Upon submission of these ideas, these proposals will be voted on by a council comprised of Northside community members. Six applicants will receive a stipend of $250 to develop a full proposal based on the complete data set. These proposals will then be voted on by community members.

Applications are due Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. and are available online. Please direct any questions about the application or process to [email protected].

Opportunity Opens

Monday, Aug 12th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Aug 23rd 2019, 5:00pm

Application Location

MN Artists