Creative CityMaking arts-based partnership underway

The Office of City Clerk, including its Elections & Voter Services Division, is excited to be participating in the next round of Creative CityMaking efforts bringing the arts into public work with a project centered around electoral engagement.

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 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 the Legislative Support Unit responsible for making the actions of the City Council accessible to the public and ensuring 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 that extends well beyond just Election Day. Jeremiah Bey has been selected as the artist who will be working with the department over the next year, with the planning stages of this work getting underway now. Look for the results of this collaboration to begin to be found incorporated into the work of the Office of City Clerk, including the Elections Division, as we move through 2015 and begin preparations for the 2016 election cycle.

Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415