400 Year Commemoration Request for Qualifications
This year marks the 400 Year Commemoration of Africans being brought to Jamestown, VA by the British and forced into slavery. While Africans had been enslaved in the Americas prior to this date, this commemoration gives us an opportunity to reflect on the lasting impact of this event, as well as to honor the legacy of resistance and liberation of African American people.
To honor this commemoration, the City of Minneapolis’ Division of Race and Equity is coordinating an effort to bring City staff and residents together to remember the histories of African American people, recover the stories of oppression, resistance, and liberation, and reimagine a future that is not predicated on the harm of African American people.
ReCAST Minneapolis is now accepting applications from individuals, organizations, and other interested parties to partner with the City as a part of this commemoration. Specifically, we are looking to fund commemoration activities throughout August and September, with a special emphasis on the Week of Resilience August 19 – 23. We hold this week sacred because August 20, 1619 was the day that the British brought 20 people of African ascent to the United States and enslaved them. While we request for vendors to think about the activities that can exist throughout August and September, we especially invite applicants who can host an event during the Week of Resilience.
We are accepting applications through June 17th at 5 p.m. The application can be found below.
Potential vendors can apply for up to $5000. Funding it limited to providers located and/or offering services in the identified ReCAST neighborhoods: Folwell, Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, McKinley, Near North, Sumner Glenwood, Webber Camden, Willard Hay, Bryant, Cedar Riverside, Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Elliot Park, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Powderhorn, Seward and Ventura Village.
The following are our objectives related to the Week of Resilience
- Provide residents and City staff an opportunity to remember the culture and identity of people of African ascent prior to enslavement; recover the narratives of oppression, resistance, and liberation of people of African ascent; and reimagine a future without the harm of institutional and systemic oppression.
- Increase trauma awareness (historical and structural), promote healing and resiliency approaches; and lift-up strategies that can advance policy and systems change
- Increase awareness of anti-Blackness that permeates society and institutions in order to take reparative actions that right the wrongs racism has caused
- Create a space that enables people to grieve the history of oppression and celebrate the acts of liberation of people of African ascent
Here are a few examples of types of activities we are looking for. We are open to other types of activities that center the 400 Year’s framework of Remembering, Recovering, and Reimagining. You can find out more information about this framework on the 400 Year Commemoration landing page.
- A teach-in on the legacy of enslavement, resistance, and liberation of people of African ascent
- Training designed to increase the awareness of historical and ongoing trauma
- Circle conversations designed to give community members an opportunity to process grief and have a better understanding of their cultural identities
- Art and other pop-ups designed to push back against negative narratives about Blackness and instead center Black joy, resilience, beauty, and excellence
- Opportunities for white people to wrestle with the sustaining impact of slavery and racism, and the trauma caused by the enduring systems of oppression including Jim Crow, redlining, mass incarceration, and other violence against Black bodies
- Opportunities for other Indigenous People of Color to understand how they relate to sustaining impact of slavery
Activities can be new activities that are designed specifically for this commemoration or can be already scheduled activities that occur during this time frame if they meet the listed objectives. For activities already planned, proposals should include a justification for how these funds will be used to expand upon original plans for the activity. The proposal will also need to demonstrate how these funds will not be used to cover expenses already being covered through other funders or means.
Funding is limited to providers located and/or offering services in the identified ReCAST neighborhoods: Folwell, Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, McKinley, Near North, Sumner Glenwood, Webber Camden, Willard Hay, Bryant, Cedar Riverside, Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Elliot Park, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Powderhorn, Seward and Ventura Village.