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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

2016-2017 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

April 30, 2016

CURA is pleased to announce the recipients of this year′s Faculty Interactive Research Program grants: 

Alisha Volante and her Research on the Rondo Neighborhood & African American History in St. Paul

Alisha Volante

April 26, 2016

Alisha Volante wasn’t always passionate about the past. She grew up learning Black history by reading Angela Davis, W.E.B. Dubois, and Malcolm X. But the monotony of high school history class disenchanted her about the relevance of history to her life and the lives of those around her. But something changed when she entered college.

Staff and Program Updates, April 2016

Program and Staff Updates

April 21, 2016

In October of 2015 the Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) hosted a mixer event at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum that engaged about 60 University staff and faculty and Hennepin County staff around issues of mutual interest. This event was designed to encourage University faculty and County staff to apply for a Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant. 

Hennepin-University Partnership Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

April 21, 2016

By Colin Calvert

The Hennepin-University Partnership was one of four university programs to receive the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award this year.

The Minnesota Prison Doula Project: Supporting Incarcerated Pregnant and Parenting Women

Minnesota Prison Doula Project

April 21, 2016

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs is excited to announce that the Minnesota Prison Doula Project is now housed at CURA’s offices. The Minnesota Prison Doula Project is a perfect fit for CURA because of the hands-on programmatic work by the Program Director Erica Gerrity and Program Coordinator Rae Baker combined with a strong research component added by Dr. Rebecca Shlafer. Learn more about the history and work of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project below.

Disrupting Poverty with Mentoring Young Adults

Mentoring Young Adults

April 15, 2016

by Monique Linder 

The name “Disrupting Poverty” was selected about midway through the impact study that I conducted for Mentoring Young Adults (MYA), a St. Paul–based organization that provides crisis management for vulnerable adults. I was in the midst of a critical discovery period of measuring MYA’s case data and interviewing key funders, service providers, and clients. With all of MYA’s impactful work, the title “Disrupting Poverty” just made sense.

Raising the Standard of Living for Workers While Raising the Standard of Care for Clients

Home Care work

April 15, 2016

By Kaela Dickens

Neighborhoods Now!: Plotting a Course for change

Neighborhoods Now!: Plotting a Course for change

April 15, 2016

In 2014, CURA staff met with six community-based organizations to better understand their priority issues. Among these issues, we identified four overarching topics: collaborations; people and places; systems change; and organizations. As part of CURA’s mission to support place-based organizations to successfully take on local issues by developing the skills of community organizers and leaders, we developed an extensive training program called Neighborhoods Now!

Nelson Program Annual Report Highlights Four Semesters of Community-Based Research

Nelson Program Annual Report

April 6, 2016

CURA is proud to release our annual report for the Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program. It covers 4 semesters of projects from September 2014 to January 2016.

Download the Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program Annual Report.

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