The specific project intended for this collaboration involves a focus on nurturing a culture of electoral engagement across the city. The Office seeks to partner with artists from a variety of disciplines who are able to help with communicating the value of electoral engagement to a range of residents, including through the use of media and forums that are not traditionally utilized in such work. Just as significantly, this engagement should create opportunities for dialogue and conversation through which community members feel both able to express their viewpoints and share experiences with staff, and also see the clear value in doing so. The true value in this work will come from the ability to forge connections that are not already in place. Minneapolis has enviably high rates of voter turnout as one measure of electoral engagement, but there are significant differences in those turnout levels based on geography and demographic differences. In the 2014 general election, there was a 42 point differential between the precinct with the highest level of voter turnout and the precinct with the lowest turnout level.
For more information about the the Creative CityMaking collaboration, including current opportunities and prior projects, visit Intermedia Arts' website.
Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415