In February 2019, the Reimagining Expungement team, Sasha Hulsey (MPP/MPH), Kshitiz Karki (MPP), Olivia Reyes (MPP), and Alyssa Scott (MPP) formed within a graduate course. Their work began by exploring the barriers individuals with prostitution and prostitution-related convictions face to accessing criminal expungement - the act of sealing criminal records. They investigated the legal and court systems that implement expungement in Hennepin County, and their most substantial findings included the lack of awareness and differing interpretations of the expungement statute among systems professionals.

After this preliminary research, the team continued their work to increase…


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

Community Visualization

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


Data, policies and other processes are often described in mainstream sources in complex language that is not accessible to community members. When residents don’t have equal access to information about issues affecting their communities, civic engagement is limited and our collective decision-making suffers.

CURA’s Community Visualization bridges this gap by offering design and visualization assistance that explains complex ideas in simple, visual ways.

We partner with community-based organizations, community organizers, and other leaders who are working with people on the margins of policy development, including communities of color and low-wealth communities…


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.

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

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…

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…

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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…

 

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.

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Now available: a new version of the AMI Cheat Sheet, updated for 2018. This version is an update of the 2017 edition, but now using HUD’s 2018 Area Median Income for the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area, which increased to $93,400 for a family of four.

Download a pdf version of the 2018 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 sources, and find a bit of additional info on our post for the …