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Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival

The annual Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival is a free and unique downtown art experience for residents and visitors that celebrates street art in all its forms. This event will feature scattered site street art installations by 16 artists along Nicollet and Hennepin Avenue.

The 2020 Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival is adjusting to provide social distancing and enhanced public health practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Street artists will have their work completed and ready for viewing on Sunday, August 16. Over the following few weeks, we invite you to downtown Minneapolis to view these scattered works of art at your own pace–whenever you are able–to provide ample social distancing.

We hope to see you for this inclusive and joyful experience in the heart of downtown Minneapolis!

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Street Show Artists Unite for Justice

Join us in July and August as Street Show performers dedicate their live-streamed noontime performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays to social justice organizations. Instead of asking for your contributions to their virtual tip jars, they’ll be asking for your support toward making Minneapolis a more just city. Mpls DID will contribute the first $100 in the performers’ honor to their selected charity.  Learn more.

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 7  |  Debbie Moore

12 noon  |  Thursday, July 9  |  Nico Moore / Speak Free

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 14  |  Amanda Standalone

12 noon  |  Thursday, July 16  |  Stephanie Claussen

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 21  |  Nancy Olson

12 noon  |  Thursday, July 23  |  Hassan – The Messenger

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 28  |  James Ron

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Street Show Artists Unite for Justice

Join us in July and August as Street Show performers dedicate their live-streamed noontime performances on Tuesdays and Thursdays to social justice organizations. Instead of asking for your contributions to their virtual tip jars, they’ll be asking for your support toward making Minneapolis a more just city. Mpls DID will contribute the first $100 in the performers’ honor to their selected charity.  Learn more.

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 7  |  Debbie Moore

12 noon  |  Thursday, July 9  |  Nico Moore / Speak Free

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 14  |  Amanda Standalone

12 noon  |  Thursday, July 16  |  Stephanie Claussen

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 21  |  Nancy Olson

12 noon  |  Thursday, July 23  |  Hassan – The Messenger

12 noon  |  Tuesday, July 28  |  James Ron

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Street Show – Live Streaming Performance

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our spring season is going virtual—performances are at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays in May and June.

Normally, this time of year we are gearing up—prepping the little red wagons, booking musicians and other performers and getting ready to launch the Street Show season downtown. Since we can’t be out there on the street for you, we want to bring you a bit of joy over lunchtimes in May and June with a live streaming version of Street Show featuring some of our regulars (and a few special guests). So whether you are working remotely, or one of our essential downtown workers, we hope you’ll tune in.

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52nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (canceled)

UPDATE: The 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled.

 

The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association welcomes your family to join us celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2020! The 52nd Annual Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, 6:30 p.m. The parade route is along Nicollet, beginning at 6th St and ending on 11th St. Free to attend and watch!

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Curling & Purling

Take your winter funk out for some afternoon fun

Ever wonder what all the fuss is about Curling?

Come try your hand at one of the oldest and most quintessential winter sports Thursday afternoons in the heart of downtown. Learn to throw a stone from local experts while you play a quick match with friends.

While you’re there, get creative with fiber artist Knitteapolis and contribute to a public yarnbombing installation. Or carve your own design in cuttlebone and see it poured in piping hot liquid bronze live on the street with the folks from Pedal to the Metal.

Whether you come to cast a stone, a stitch or a miniature bronze sculpture, you’ll be kicking your winter blues into April by celebrating what makes winter great in Minneapolis.

We’ll have hot beverages and street games for all ages. Learn to knit and carve while you warm up in the newly renovated DID Nicollet Office, then pop outside for some seriously fun curling, purling and pouring.

Invite your friends and bring your enthusiasm (experience is not required).

Local curling club hosts:
January 30 – Richfield Curling Club
February 6 – Four Seasons Curling Club
February 13 – St. Paul Curling Club
February 20 – Chaska Curling Center (with a special appearance by national champion and Olympic competitor Jeff Isaacson)

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zAmya Zone Script Reading

zAmya Zone is the latest work in progress by zAmya Theater Project — who use community based theater tools to build awareness and connection between individuals who’ve experienced homelessness and those who have not. Join us in the Nicollet Theater in the Round Amphitheater for the public, weather permitting. If it is cold we’ll move indoors to the The Commons off the library Atrium.

zAmya Zone is by Junauda Petrus – Nasah, and is inspired by content generated in Creative Expression Sessions at Hennepin County/Minneapolis Central Library. zAmya Zone borrows it’s name from the popular TV series the Twilight Zone and explores the surreal and strange nature of an abundant world that is somehow not enough.

You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind, a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. In this dimension we are on beautiful earth, with abundant food and shelter for all. Yet, in this dimension, there exists the world of homelessness, displacement and poverty. A dimension where your class, your mental and physical health, your race, your ancestry could result in you not having a home, safety or care. Redlining and angry mobs, broken treaties with sovereign nations, settled land and enslavement, genocide and gentrification are apart of this legacy too.

You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of privilege and poverty, between haves and have nots, of shelters and high-rise condos. It is an area which we call the Zamya Zone.

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Pop-in to the Pop-up Open House

Pop-in to the Pop-up! Mpls DID had hosted open houses on the first Tuesday of every the month from 4–6p, this summer. Join us for our final Open House on Tuesday, October 1st. Stop by the DID Pop-up Satellite Office (first floor of Gaviidae Common between 6th and 7th streets) to chat with an ambassador, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about our work downtown.

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Pop-in to the Pop-up Open House

Pop-in to the Pop-up! Mpls DID is hosting open houses on the first Tuesday of every the month from 4–6p, now through October. Stop by the DID Pop-up Satellite Office (first floor of Gaviidae Common between 6th and 7th streets) to chat with an ambassador, play games, enjoy free refreshments and learn more about our work downtown.

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