October 14, 2022

CURA's Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) program and the Resilient Communities Project (RCP) are partnering with the Institute for Advanced Study, U-Spatial, University of Minnesota Libraries, and DASH to present this year's “Thinking Spatially Symposium: Indigenous Mapping.” Former CURA CGIS Graduate Research Assistant Kyle Malone is…

March 29, 2022

CURA’s Public Policy Design Lab worked with Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota (ROC-MN) and Minneapolis-based artist Gina Pena to create a visualization of The Rice Activity: Contextualizing the Working Class. This activity was developed through an earlier research project conducted by a UMN Graduate Research Assistant (supported by CURA’s Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program ) working with ROC-MN.

This visualization is based on a hands-on version of the…

April 09, 2020
2020 Census response rate map for Minneapolis

CURA’s Community GIS team created this map of Census 2020 return rates in Minneapolis and is updating it regularly through the 2020 collection period. Here is a St. Paul Census 2020 return rate map.

Click on an area to see the percentage of households who have responded to the census so far. Each area is a census tract. Click on the right arrow at top of the pop-up window to see how the current return rate…

March 22, 2020

Now available: a new version of the AMI Cheat Sheet, updated for 2019 and using HUD’s Area Median Income for the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which increased to $100,000 for a family of four.

This is the third update: find the 2017 edition here and the 2018 edition here.

Download a pdf version of this 2019 AMI Cheat Sheet for Minneapolis and St Paul here.

Read the fine print at the bottom of the guide for details about the numbers and data…

March 04, 2020

Coalition of Asian American Leaders (or CAAL) has proactively led a campaign urging our government and private institutions to collect and use disaggregated data that more accurately reflects Asian American experiences. This way, solutions crafted to achieve equitable social, economic, and health outcomes will be more responsive and relevant.

This winter, CAAL staff, designer Khou Vue, and CURA worked together to create a visual snapshot of The Factors Impacting the Economic Wellbeing of Asian Minnesotans. The infographics in this brochure-poster are selected from a CURA…

March 04, 2020


Building on the 2019 edition of this tool, Parks and Power, artist Cori Lin (www.corilin.co and @cori.lin.art)and CURA have made a 2020 Minneapolis Park Board Budget and Funding Explainer: a graphic guide to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board's budget.

Cori also created The People's Money: a million dollar bill that Parks and Power organizers can use in workshops around participatory budgeting and the MPRB budget.

View and download:

April 30, 2019

Data and visual storytelling often compel us to action in ways that words alone can’t. CURA supports communities in accessing and using information in creative ways to build support for community-driven change.

Community Geographic Information Systems

Taps into complex public data to provide unique maps and analysis that help communities tell their stories

Public Policy Design Lab

Democratizes complex information by providing design and data visualization assistance to community partners

April 29, 2019

Understanding data can help drive better community decision-making. This is especially true when communities are positioned as leaders in asking research questions and articulating the answers.  

The Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) program provides analysis and mapping support to empower community-based organizations and government agencies to make a data-driven case for their work. We fill in critical gaps in capacity to democratize access to public information.


CGIS support is available on an ongoing basis. Community and local government partners may request assistance by sending an email…