Join Whittier Alliance and Whittier Park this Saturday morning to enjoy some fresh air, fall colors, complimentary refreshments, and to do your part in keeping our neighborhood clean! This year's clean-up is partnership with the Litter Be Gone initiative, a week-long collaborative effort to make our city cleaner. As always, bags, gloves, and trash grabbers will be provided. Visit Litter Be Gone's website to learn more about their 2018 schedule of events. See you on Saturday!
All are welcome to join us this Friday, September 28th at 6:00 pm for a happy hour edition of Whittier Alliance's Environmental Sustainability Committee gathering! We are a group of active community members interested in identifying ways we can work together to make our neighborhood just a little more clean, a little more green.
We'll be at The Wedge Table (2412 Nicollet Ave) in the Community Room for a discussion on hybrid vehicles, our upcoming Fall Neighborhood Clean-Up (October 6th!), and how community members can request funding for 2019 sustainability-focused projects in Whittier. Faces new and familiar are always welcome!
If you're concerned about the housing climate in Whittier, join us on Monday evening for a jam-packed agenda at our Housing Issues meeting! We'll hear from Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender - Minneapolis City Council Ward 10 on the Renters' protections bill she co-authored with Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, a presentation from North Bay Companies on a proposed residential development at 2645 1st Avenue, and strategize next steps on other housing-related organizing efforts.
ALL are welcome to attend, even (especially) if you've never attended a meeting in the past. We'll be in the the Black Forest Inn banquet space accessible directly off 26th St. from 6:30--8:00 pm. Hope to see you!
Whittier Alliance is pleased to announce the two finalists for our 2018 BIG Ideas Grant, which will provide up to $4,000 to anyone proposing a project that would directly benefit the Whittier community! Following a volunteer panel review, the project proposals from Hennepin History Museum and Zest Ed were selected to be put forth to a community vote.
Check out the below link to read more about each specific proposal and cast your vote for the project you'd most like to see come to fruition for the Whittier neighborhood! Votes may be cast until Monday, October 15th; the results will be reviewed and the winner announced on Wednesday the 17th.
Please note that anyone can vote, however votes from those with a direct affiliation to Whittier will be weighed more heavily. Whittier Alliance is proud to support this community building initiative; if you have a BIG Idea for our neighborhood, be sure to keep an eye out for the Summer 2019 Request for Proposals!
Join us this afternoon, Wednesday, September 12th, for the Whittier Business Association Meeting, 3-4:30pm at Glam Doll Donuts where topics will include an update on the Whittier Alliance Strategic Plan and the upcoming Eat Street Festival! All are welcome!
Join us tonight, Monday, September 10th, at 6:30 pm for the monthly Community Issues Meeting! We will be at Whittier Recreation Center (425 W 26th St.), and all are welcome to attend. Check out the agenda below!
As the centerpiece of the Eat Street Food Music & Arts Festival, September 15th, we will have live bands on one stage stationed between 26th and 25th Streets on Nicollet Avenue and multi-cultural dance performances throughout the day, each utilizing sound amplification systems. This will begin with the sound check process likely around 10:30--11:00 am and will conclude at 9:00--9:30 pm. For additional details, please review the full notice provided here.
Interested in a behind-the-scenes view of the inaugural Eat Street Festival? Join us as a volunteer! Each volunteer receives an event t-shirt and a food voucher for their time and efforts. Check out the below link for the remaining shift times and descriptions!
The Whittier Alliance Neighborhood Organization is organizing the inaugural Eat Street Food, Music, & Arts Festival, the ultimate celebration of the Whittier neighborhood. The festival will take place Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 1-9pm, on Nicollet Avenue between 25th - 27th Streets. Live music, performances, international fare, and activities from the neighborhood’s many arts and cultural organizations will collectively reflect and celebrate who and what Whittier is at its heart.
This free, family-friendly event will give festival-goers of all ages the chance to experience Eat Street in a unique way, with artisans and makers, food trucks, local organizations, visual artists, and Whittier restaurant favorites all lining the intersection of Nicollet Avenue and 26th Street.
A stage on the north end of Nicollet Avenue & 25th Street will host a variety of musical acts, spanning genres from Salsa, New Orleans-style Brass, R&B, to Indie, as well as a fashion show curated by Eat Street’s own B. Resale. The lineup includes Malamanya, McNasty Brass Band, Madison McFerrin, with local artist HALEY headlining the event. Between stage sets, an array of multi-cultural dance and music performances will take place throughout the street.
The Kids’ Fun Zone on the south side of Nicollet Avenue & 27th Street will feature Whittier arts organizations leading activities that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
In all, the Eat Street Food, Music, & Arts Festival will offer something for everyone as an event that showcases some of the many things that make the Whittier neighborhood special. At a time when area road construction and bridge closures are negatively impacting many in Whittier’s small business community, the Whittier Alliance has great hope that this event will bring much needed exposure and new patrons to neighborhood businesses, many of which are owned by immigrants and people of color.
This event is funded in part by the City of Minneapolis' Great Streets Program, and all proceeds will directly benefit Whittier Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in their efforts to produce this Festival annually. For more event details including vendor, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities, visit EatStreetFest.com, Eat Street Food, Music, & Arts Festival, or contact the Whittier Alliance.