Creative CityMaking opportunity on Electoral Engagement

Minneapolis artists are invited to submit proposals now for the next round of Creative CityMaking projects. Creative CityMaking Minneapolis (CCM) is a multi-year arts-based innovation initiative within Minneapolis City government designed to advance City priorities through in-depth collaborations between City departments and community artists. Creative CityMaking is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kresge Foundation. The Office of City Clerk and its Elections & Voter Services Division are excited to be participating in this round with a project centered around electoral engagement.

The deadline to respond to the Call for Artists is Fri., April 24 at midnight. The project is designed as a 20 hour per week commitment for 12 months to embed an artist or team of artists in the department's efforts. The scope of work within the Office of City Clerk encompasses multiple forums through which residents engage directly with their government. The Elections & Voter Services Division administers all elections for Minneapolis residents, including at the local, state, and federal levels. The Office also manages the open appointments process for Appointed Boards and Commissions, and includes a Legislative Support Unit responsible for making the actions of the City Council accessible to the public and ensuring that residents are able to engage in the Council process and provide input on proposed policies and actions.

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