Our Mission: The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) leads initiatives to bring businesses, non-profit organizations and neighbors together to create an inviting and vital West Broadway corridor that will transform the Northside into a thriving economic community.
NorthMPLS is an initiative to better highlight all things Northside and to claim our proper place in the identity of Minneapolis, the Twin Cities and Minnesota.
We will use this information list and promote your business or group on the NorthMPLS.org website, links to Northside social media pages, Shop Northside campaign, communication with local and regional media, Meet Minneapolis, etc.
ANYONE can request to host an event at Freedom Square, and we'll work with you to make as many of them happen as possible. Timeline and availability is on a case by case basis, if you're planning something that needs no funds or special permits, we may be able to say yes very quickly (for example "can we use it for yoga tomorrow?" or "can we meet out there with our easels and paint landscapes") meanwhile sound permits, food permits, etc. have a time delay.
FREEDOM SQUARE features a multi-faceted "Magic Shed" with a flip-down 8ftx8ft performance stage, service counters for selling artworks or serving food. There is a set of fold-up cafe tables and chairs on-site, and the West Broadway Coalition has a mobile sound system which can be brought to the Square when planning ahead. Freedom Square is located at 2034 West Broadway, right across from the Capri Theater.
FREEDOM SQUARE is seen as a prototype to use now and shape the vision for a permanent outdoor performance site or sites along Broadway and North. We began hosting events in summer 2016 and will continue at least into 2018. The Freedom Square design and implementation process is part of a suite of activities that won support in 2015 from the nationally competitive ArtPlace America project.
Being a SPONSOR of one or more of our programs or initiatives is a great way for you and your business to build Northside pride and vibrancy while also building your brand and relationships.
All of our West Broadway Coalition and NorthMPLS efforts aim to build the local economy, strengthen all-inclusive community development, inspire safety and liveability through positive activity,
Sponsor one event, multiple programs, or become an organizational sponsor across all of our activity.
Many of our sponsors are also dues paying members of WBC and/or property rate payers in the West Broadway Business Improvement District. You're welcome to support and participate in one way or many. What ever is right for you.
Open Streets is a citywide project that will create mile-long, outdoor, in-the-street events in eight Minneapolis neighborhoods through summer and fall of 2019.
OPEN STREETS WEST BROADWAY is the North Minneapolis Open Streets
Saturday, September 14th, from 11am-5pm.
OPEN STREETS WEST BROADWAY is locally organized by the team at the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. The event will stretch from Lyndale to Penn Ave N. and to showcase and celebrate Northside businesses, interests, enterprises, individuals, collectives and congregations, North Minneapolis music makers, artists, neighbors, doers, movers and shakers.
Sign up here to participate: as a presenter, a vendor, to lead an activity, to organize an area, or to become an event sponsor.
Vendor of anything: Anything that includes money changing hands. Goods, services, donations. We will need an ST-19 form from you before the event, even if you're not required to collect sales tax. If you're selling, ST-19.
Food Vendors: If you're serving food for free or selling food, you are a food vendor. Short Term Food Permit deadline is Monday, August 27th, you do not have to pay the permit fee, fees are waived, BUT you do need to get it in to us by August 27th. Submit all paperwork to email@example.com (do not submit to the city directly). If you have a Minneapolis Seasonal Food Permit we just need your permit number.
Presenter: Share information, showcase your Northside activity. Traditional tables or tents are just fine of course, but adding a visual twist or simple interactive element can help build your Open Streets success, and we're happy to help you think through creative approaches.
Money is not a requirement for participation*. Our goal is full participation. Sign up.
Money is of course important: not only for a successful Open Streets event, but for successful, inclusive development on the Northside. Local sponsors and businesses are already stepping up to support Open Streets West Broadway and other great West Broadway Coalition programs and events. You're welcome to join the inspiring group of local sponsors for Open Streets starting at the base level of $100 for participant support, or at sponsorship levels of $500, $1000, $2500 or $5000. Again, not required, just welcome*. \
On the other hand, if you NEED money or material to make your open streets magic, let us know the details and we'll try to make it happen, whether its as simple as a tent, or as complex as the fiber-optic cable to enliven your 20 foot tall robotic giraffe, we'll do our best to make it happen. (AND, if we DO make it happen, you can know you'll have those event sponsors to thank for any $upport, its not really any more magic than that). Our goal is to always see money flowing through all our local Northside businesses, small businesses, large businesses, organizations, and start up enterprises.
How Open Streets works:
The City of Minneapolis and and the central organization "Our Streets" handle logistics of closing the street, coordinating with city departments, police, and they waive most of the usual permit fees. Our Streets ALSO organizes the majority of Open Streets events. Open Streets West Broadway is one of two LOCALLY organized Open Streets. So for Open Streets West Broadway the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, that's us, supports all organizing of the event, printing, marketing, porta-potties, and any on street gear and equipment that isn't provided by individual vendors and presenters. We don't pay the city or Open Streets central, we keep all the event sponsor money for direct event support, and still work closely with Our Streets to ensure that our Open Streets is integrated with all the other Open Streets.
*EXCEPT for the EXCEPTION, the money exception: if you are LATE with your permit paperwork, there is a LATE FEE, that's right, instead of fees waived and no money to participate, you'll be charged a city late fee of $175. So. You know. Don't be late.