Call for artists to design downtown banners

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and the City of Northfield Arts and Culture Commission are sponsoring a competition for artists to design a street banner that will be hung on lamp-posts along Division Street and Water Street in downtown Northfield. These banners will be seen by thousands of visitors and residents annually.

The winning design will replace the red, white and blue “Historic Northfield Since 1855” banners, which have been in use since 2005. Artists should submit designs that highlight the cultural, historic, or artistic characteristics of Northfield.

This initiative is made possible by the NDDC’s affiliation with Main Street Minnesota, a program of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. The NDDC was recently awarded a mini-grant of $4,200 by Main Street Minnesota to assist with funding this project.

By focusing the new banner initiative on the local artist community, the call for submissions will showcase the high volume of artists living in the community who play a central role in making downtown Northfield a hub for excitement and culture.

“The artists in our community serve as a driving force behind the excitement and allure of downtown Northfield. We want our banners to reflect that,” said Greg Siems, Executive Director of the NDDC.

Artists may submit their designs until June 7, 2019, by emailing them directly to teresa.jensen@ci.northfield.mn.us. Guidelines for submitting entries should be downloaded from the Public Arts page of the City of Northfield.

The design entries will be reviewed by a Public Art Review Committee in mid-June and banner production will begin following the selection of the winning design. The artist that submits the selected design will be awarded $400. The new banners will be displayed beginning in September 2019.

For more information about the NDDC or to contact board members, email greg@nddc.org or visit www.downtownnorthfeld.org.

First Friday Art Night May 3

5:00pm                     #Clay Northfield@ Northfield Arts Guild and Carleton College. Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Divison St  S until 6:00pm. Weitz Center for Creativity @Carleton College, 320 3rd St East until 9pm.

Inspired by the choice of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to hold their 2019 conference in Minneapolis, the Northfield Arts Guild, Carleton College and St. Olaf College partnered to create thirteen unique exhibitions of contemporary ceramic work. Falling under the general title of #claynorthfield, each of these experiences celebrates creativity, diversity, and the important role art plays in our lives. This Northfield celebration of clay is truly unprecedented and designed for both visitors and our local community.  Exhibit details at www.northfieldartguild.org; apps.carleton.edu/museum; wp.stolaf.edu/flaten

6:00pm                 Live music with Spare Niche Jazz at Tanzenwald Brewing,  103 Water St. N.

7:00pm                 Live music with Cannon River Currents at Imminent Brewing,  519 Division St. S.

7:00pm                 Live music with Jim Pellinger at the Contented Cow Pub, 302 Division St. S.

7:30pm                 St. Olaf Jazz 1 presents their annual spring concert at the Pause Manestage, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College, 1520 St Olaf Ave. Led by music faculty member David Hagedorn, St. Olaf Jazz 1 was awarded “Outstanding Performance by Large Undergraduate Jazz Ensemble” in DownBeat Magazine’s 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. Results were announced in the magazine’s June 2019 edition.

7:30pm                 The Dance and the Railroad, Carleton Players production at the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, 320 3rd St E.

8:00pm                 Live music with Dan Israel at the Tavern Restaurant & Lounge, 212 Division St. S.

8:00pm                 Live music with the Tony Rook Band at Reunion – Eat, Drink, Gather, 501 Division St. S.

8:30pm                 Live music with Angel Val at Froggy Bottoms River Pub and Lily Padio, 307 Water St. S.

8:30pm                  Live music with James Lewis & the Jack Pines at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St. S.

Save the Date for these upcoming 2019 First Friday Art Nights

June 7                    August 2                           October 4                              December 6
July 5                    September 6                   November 1                        

New Executive Director to begin work May 1

The NDDC has hired a new Executive Director! Greg Siems has accepted the part-time position and will begin his duties on May 1, 2019.

Siems was most recently the Assistant Director of the Institute for Freedom & Community at St. Olaf College. Prior to that he was the Director of Vision 2020 in Austin, Minnesota, where he coordinated and supported over 100 volunteers across nine committees working to improve Austin’s quality of life. In that position he secured over $1.3 million in project funding by cultivating sustained relationships with diverse stakeholders including elected officials, city staff, private citizens, charitable foundations, nonprofits and businesses.

Siems graduated from Luther College with degrees in Political Science and Russian Studies and holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

“We feel fortunate to have Greg joining us at the NDDC,” NDDC Board member Mark Lancaster told NDDC’s Downtown Northfield MN, “and we are excited about the future of the NDDC under his leadership.”

The NDDC is a Designated Minnesota Main Street organization. It is committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant and vital Downtown Northfield. It focuses on all of the constituencies in the district: building owners, business owners and residential citizens. The NDDC works collaboratively with all economic development partners in the city, including the Northfield City Council, the Northfield Economic Development Authority, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Northfield Enterprise Center.

For more information about the NDDC, please call (507)645-5604 or visit www.nddc.org. The NDDC is on Facebook at Downtown Northfield MN. The NDDC is a 501(c)3 corporation with offices at the Northfield Office of Business and Tourism, 19 Bridge Square, Northfield, MN 55057.

City of Northfield Seeks Input from Residents and Business Owners

We want to pass along this request from the City of Northfield.

“Greetings!
The City of Northfield is seeking feedback via POLCO, a public engagement platform. The subject of the POLCO survey is snow removal in the city and all residents and businesses are invited to participate in the survey.

Spanish and English paper copies of survey questions are available at the Northfield Public Library and DMV located at City Hall.

We strongly encourage all to create a POLCO account. Please help our effort by informing community members about the POLCO engagement tool.”

Follow this link to the Press Release and the survey: https://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1040

First Friday Art Night April 5

April 5, 2019

5:00pm                
#Clay Northfield@ Northfield Arts Guild and Carleton College
Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St S until 6:00pm
Weitz Center for Creativity @Carleton College, 320 3rd St East until 9pm
Inspired by the choice of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) to hold their 2019 conference in Minneapolis, the Northfield Arts Guild, Carleton College and St. Olaf College partnered to create thirteen unique exhibitions of contemporary ceramic work. Falling under the general title of #claynorthfield, each of these experiences celebrates creativity, diversity, and the important role art plays in our lives. This Northfield celebration of clay is truly unprecedented and designed for both visitors and our local community.  Exhibit details at www.northfieldartguild.org; apps.carleton.edu/museum; wp.stolaf.edu/flaten

7:00pm
Live music with Mary Cutrufello at Imminent Brewing, 519 Division St S

7:00pm
Live music with Jack Norton at Contented Cow Pub, 302 Division St  S

8:00pm
Live music with Ben Aaron at the Tavern Lounge, 212 Division St S
Ben Aaron returns to Northfield with his original folk, blues and Americana songs for a night of great live entertainment. Sit back and relax as he plays your favorite popular songs from the past and present.