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September 18, 2017

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Program and Staff Updates - Spring 2017

May 25, 2017

Questions and Answers with Brittany Lewis, CURA’s New Research Associate

May 25, 2017

Dr. Brittany Lewis is CURA’s Research Associate with an expertise in community-engaged research, urban housing, community economic development, and critical race and gender studies. A 2015–2016 Postdoctoral Fellow at Bowdoin College and 2014–2015 University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, Dr. Lewis has established herself as a scholar committed to investigating the ways that local urban communities resist the racialized gendered legacies of housing segregation, redlining, and concentrated poverty.

Making Capital Funding Decisions More Equitable in St. Paul: A Story of Policy Change through Community-Based Research

May 24, 2017

By Jono Cowgill

CURA:Tech, One Year Later

May 24, 2017

In 2014–2015, CURA hosted a civic technology incubator, CURA:Tech. The one-year project supported teams to identify issues in their community that could be addressed with an information-based civic technology, and create a prototype of the tool. In 2016, we checked in with award winners and other participants to see how their work was going.

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Fall 2017 Community Based Research Proposals are due June 15

May 17, 2017

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program (Nelson Program) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds partnerships between community-based organizations or government agencies and the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects.

Healthy and Equitable Development: Trends and Possibilites in the Suburbs

May 1, 2017

2017-2018 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

February 1, 2017

Competition for the 2017–2018 Fesler-Lampert Chair

February 1, 2017

CURA Director Ed Goetz’s Statement on the Executive Order Regarding Refugee Resettlement and Visas

January 30, 2017

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs is an outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a long history of engagement with diverse communities in this metropolitan area and throughout the state. We are especially proud of the work we have done in partnership with immigrant and refugee groups across the region.

Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposals

January 24, 2017

CURA’s Artists Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists of color and Native artists working in neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that artists and the arts play in neighborhood revitalization efforts and are intended to support the leadership of artists in community revitalization efforts. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists who are working to build a more equitable Twin Cities.

Summer 2017 Community Based Research Request for Proposals

January 24, 2017

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program (Nelson Program) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds partnerships between community-based organizations or government agencies and the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects.

Spring 2017 Community Based Research Summaries

January 19, 2017

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC)
Access to and Affordability of St. Paul Rec Centers for Low Income Families
Alyssa Schmeling, Master of Urban and Regional Planning

CURA Twin Cities Gentrification Project Summary

November 30, 2016

APA MN Recognizes Carver County Partnership Project with Outstanding Student Project Award

November 14, 2016

An RCP-sponsored capstone project by students at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Community Leaders Launch “Week of Action for Housing Rights” in the Brooklyns

November 4, 2016

On October 23, community leaders launched a Week of Action to advocate for Housing Rights in the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. The upcoming local elections, in which people of color in the two cities are set to make historic gains in local representation, present a great opportunity to push these issues to the top of policy priorities. Among other things, organizers used the week of action to highlight the lack of access to quality affordable housing.

ANPI grantee makes an affordable and mobile artist residence

September 20, 2016

Artist Tia-Simone Gardner’s tiny house/studio space is officially under construction. Gardner is a 2016 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) grantee who realized that the affordability and mobility challenges she faced finding a live/work space as a young artist were not unique. The artist loft spaces (combining spaces for living and working) that have popped up around the Twin Cities are slightly more affordable than what you find on the open market, but they are often available only for rent and can still be out of reach for unestablished artists.

Call for Letters of Intent to apply for 2017-2018 RCP partnership

August 26, 2016

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) at the University of Minnesota (U of MN) is now accepting letters of intent from cities and counties that wish to apply to be RCP’s community partner for the 2017–2018 academic year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). The selection process is competitive, and the partner community must support the effort through dedicated staff time and a local financial contribution. Download complete application instructions here.

Job Opening: CURA Community Program Manager

August 4, 2016

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