Seward Arts & Culture

Arts & Cultural Activities in the Seward Neighborhood — Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Neighborhood Announcement re June Board Vote

Recently, Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) filled 5 board seat vacancies. The manner in which SNG hosted this election came into question just before the July board meeting and time was spent at the July board meeting trying to determine the error. A task force met to determine a resolution, and upon looking back at how the election was conducted deemed that it was a legitimate election and the results of the newly elected board members stand. See below for more explanation.

Pre-pandemic, SNG would fill board vacancies one at a time, welcoming the member to a
meeting to get to know the board and SNG activities. At the next meeting, when the candidate was not present, the board would vote on that person taking the vacant seat. This has been a very atypical year of adapting our processes and procedures to work within the confines of the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with proposed bylaw revisions that were pending approval from the board.

Between the February and June meetings, five board seat vacancies happened for a variety of reasons (moving, career change, personal life). Also between February and June, the board’s plate was very full responding to needs in our community related to a potential development, COVID, and then the unrest, such that the board was unable to fill board vacancies in our typical way. We were thrilled to have 14 candidates step forward over the course of nearly a month of notifying the neighborhood about the vacancies and working on recruiting efforts. At two SNG board meetings in June (a special board meeting was added due to the amount of business to cover), prospective board candidates were welcome to attend. The SNG board is accustomed to voting via email for matters that cannot wait until the next board meeting. The board could not wait until the July meeting to have the election, because its membership would have dipped below 12 and become an inactive board. Therefore, the plan to conduct the election via email was planned and explained at both June meetings in which candidates were
in attendance.

The question about the election was that it did not permit those in attendance at the regular June board meeting to vote in the election, as the Bylaws indicate: “Directors and any SNG members present will elect a director to fill the vacancy….” However, since the vote was conducted via email between meetings, that clause did not apply to this election.

A task force met to determine our board’s options on how to proceed. The SNG board reviewed the options and overwhelmingly decided that the election was valid and that the results of the election stand.

As two board vacancies are expected to open during the month of August, SNG invites
interested members to apply for the board seats. The introduction of candidates and election will take place during the September board of directors meeting on September 23rd. As had been the process for pre-Covid meetings, attendees will be asked to fill out a check-in form and potential SNG members will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a member through this process. By opting in for membership, attendees will have the opportunity to vote for board candidates.

We take these matters very seriously and welcome any feedback you may have regarding this process.

Seward Neighborhood Group’s Board of Directors

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Support Vine Arts Center Rebuild

The Vine Arts Center at the edge of the Seward neighborhood has as part of our mission
working with and for the neighborhoods we serve. As well as being a Seward institution we are on the edge of Longfellow and have members from across the twin cities as well as northern Minnesota.

We have supported city wide activities such as the Greenway Glow for the past 6 years. This year because the fire at the end of May destroyed the Ivy Building our part of the Glow will be outdoors on 27th Ave. Our dedicated group of volunteers puts together a bicycle themed event each year with including child centered activities.

Vine Arts Center has been part of Seward Open Streets and LOLA. This year will be our second year hosting the fundraiser “Art for Food” a benefit for Soup For You Café. Because we don’t expect to have a physical gallery yet and because of Covid -19 this will be an online event. We always welcome new member applications to our cooperative gallery.

Please support the Vine arts Center GOFUNDME to help us rebuild the gallery.

Screen shot 2020-07-31 at 10.01.17 AMSoupforYouCollageGREENWAY GLOW 2019 COLLAGE (1)

 

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30 Dogs in 30 Days Painting Project from Seward Artist, Kat Corrigan

Hello all of you amazing dog and art lovers!

Thank you so much for being a part of this project this summer.  It has truly helped keep me centered and a bit more sane with the daily dose of dog and paint-  those are two of my best medicines! And it’s helped me feel connected and in communication with our larger community, and I hope it’s maybe done that for you too.

I still have a few dogs left to paint (and there’s always the chance to add a 31st dog as well!) so stay tuned to my blog for those!

In the past my “30 in 30” exhibitions have been hung and celebrated at Diamond’s Coffee Shoppe in Northeast Minneapolis in the Thorpe Building, and I encourage you to go visit Diamonds and get some good coffee and a sandwich, but we won’t be hanging this year’s dogs there because of Covid19 and not wanting to encourage people gathering in an indoor space.

This year, I am inviting you to a Zoom Opening on Thursday August 6th from 6:30 to 8pm, where I will have the paintings hanging and I’ll be live as I talk about each painting and show you them safely on screen.  I welcome you to share this Zoom info and to have your favorite snacks and drink on hand, as this is a Virtual Art Opening! I’ll spend most of the time talking about the art, and I invite you to chime in and tell us more about your dogs as I get to your painting. And then we can have questions/comments/suggestions at the end!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85896146718
Meeting ID: 858 9614 6718
Passcode: 485053

I also want to invite you to a Pop-Up Art Exhibition on Saturday, August 8th from 10-noon, in our front yard!  We’ll set up my Art Fair Tent and hang the art gallery-style so that you can either drive by and see the paintings in person, or you can park and walk by, wearing a mask of course and practicing safe social distancing. We are at 3841 26th Ave S in Minneapolis, MN, and I’ll have our green art fair tent up so we’ll be pretty obvious. Possibly, I will have past year’s books and postcards available for sale!

Lastly, I am creating a Blurb Book of this project and they will be available on-line for $20 once I’m done making it, and I’ll send out a note to let people know when that happens- hopefully by this weekend! Click here to see and buy my past project’s books!

Thank you so much for being a part of this creative community~ I am so fortunate to have you all!

And please, if you have any questions, let me know!
Wahoo!
Kat
katjojo@hotmail.com