NDDC Awarded $30,000 Artists on Main Street Grant

We are pleased to announce that the NDDC was awarded a $30,000 grant through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Artists on Main Street initiative. This program will help the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation to sustain a vibrant downtown by:

  • Providing art and creative placemaking experiences that draw people to shop, dine and connect in Downtown Northfield
  • Enhancing the downtown’s aesthetics through the creativity of our local artists
  • Utilizing the arts as a springboard for improving diversity and inclusiveness in Downtown Northfield across all cultures

Check out the official release from PAM below and watch here for updates on the program as we launch it in early 2019!

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with Springboard for the Arts, and with support from the Bush Foundation, launched a new program earlier this year, Artists on Main Street, to explore how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. The pilot year’s success in Faribault, Mankato, and Winona has resulted in continued investment in the program by the Bush Foundation to include eleven communities over a three-year period. Four communities were selected to join the program in 2019, and they are Northfield, Olivia, Wabasha, and Willmar.

“The Bush Foundation is very excited to be able to support Artist on Main Street through the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Main Street Program. We see this as a great opportunity to support artists as leaders in their communities and to show how art and culture can be an important part of efforts led by local Main Street programs, Cities, Economic Development Authorities, and Chambers of Commerce throughout the region.” – Erik Takeshita, Portfolio Director for Community Creativity at the Bush Foundation.

During the program’s pilot year, over ninety artists and creatives attended Creative Placemaking Workshops resulting in a total of thirty-four artist-led projects involving fifty-five artists and creatives. “Over the last year we’ve seen new relationships built between Main Street organizations and artists in their communities, which has resulted in more community pride and new, creative ideas about addressing downtown concerns,” said Michele Anderson, Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts. “We’re excited to welcome another cohort of communities to this program and build on this momentum.”

Each community receives support on planning and implementing creative placemaking projects through training, one-on-one technical assistance, and cohort support to integrate arts-based problem solving. Artists on Main Street communities receive $20,000 for project funding and program implementation the first year and $10,000 the second year for artist-led solutions to a local challenge identified by the community. Training and resources will be provided in partnership with Springboard for the Arts to artists who live, work and have a personal investment in the community to make positive physical, economic and social impacts.

“Artists on Main Street is creating bright spots of arts-based community development and downtown revitalization in Greater Minnesota,” said Sarina Otaibi, Rural Program Manager for the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.

First Friday Art Night December 7th Lineup

First Friday Art Night is Friday, Dec. 7th…start planning your evening now!

5:00-7:00 pm Book Signing at the Northfield Arts Guild lobby, 304 Division Street. Authors Denny & Karen Vinar will be signing copies of their book How Did You Find Me…After All These Years?

5:00-9:00 pm Meet the Artists Reception in the Northfield Arts Guild Main Gallery featuring 24 artisans of the Fine Craft Collective

5:00-9:00 pm Grow with the Guild Exhibition in the Northfield Arts Guild Up Gallery featuring artwork created by adult and youth students who have recently taken a Guild class

7:00-8:00 pm North Star Winds Concert  in the Northfield Arts Guild upstairs studio. One of the Twin Cities’ newest chamber ensembles, North Star is a classical wind octet, consisting of two oboes, two clarinets, two horns, and two bassoons. The group performs repertoire spanning from Mozart to Bernstein while enthusiastically embracing contemporary composers.

6:30-8:00 pm Christmas Ballroom Dance class – Rumba, Swing and Viennese Waltz with Brian Sostek at Northfield Dance Academy 640 Water Street S. Pre-registered before Nov 30th $40 per couple/$20 for singles. At the door $45 per couple/$25 for singles. Email northfielddance@gmail.com to register

7:00-8:30 pm New Moon Yoga and Intention Setting Class at Prema Yoga Studio 220 Division St. S. $25 Dress in comfy clothes and bring a journal, pen and mat.

7:00-10:00 pm: Live Music with The JC Sanford Trio at Imminent Brewing – 519 Division St S. Trombonist/composer and Northfield High School graduate JC Sanford returned to his hometown in 2016 after spending over twenty years in Boston and New York City. JC will be joined by Kameron Markworth on bass & Phil Hey on drums.

7:00-8:00 pm ArtMakers Presents: Just So Stories at HotSpot Music/ArtMakers Studio 801 Division St. S. A Rudyard Kipling family Christmas featuring classic tales with original music, puppetry and magic!

8:30-11:30 pm Trailer Trash Presents THE TRASHY LITTLE XMAS SHOW at The Grand Event Center – 316 Washington St. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Music 8:30~11:30 pm. $15 Advance Tickets / $20 at the Door.

8:00-11:00 pm Live Music with Daniel Kase at Tanzenwald Brewing – 103 Water St. N.

8:00-11:00 pm Live Music with Ben Aaron at the Tavern Lounge – 212 Division St. Original folk, blues and Americana songs

8:30-11:30 pm Live Music with Carey Langer at the Froggy Bottoms PADio – 307 Water St

7:30pm Theater Performance – A Christmas Story opening night at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West. Tickets available online $17.00 adults, $12.00 seniors/students

 

Save the Date for these Downtown Events

Nov 15 Give to the Max Day Make a tax-deductible donation and help the NDDC sustain a vibrant Downtown Northfield

Nov 16 Signage Input Meeting for downtown business owners – Give feedback and help the City of Northfield update sign regulations for the historic district. 8 am at the Archer House River Inn – coffee and donuts provided!

Nov 17 Grand Opening of Minnesota Soulstice – Check out Downtown Northfield’s newest clothing and gift store during their celebration from 9am-5pm. 310 Division St. S.

Dec 6th Winter Walk 20th Anniversary Celebration – parade, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, luminaries and shopping with cider and cookies. The fun begins at 5pm! Learn more at http://www.northfieldchamber.com/WinterWalk

Dec 7th First Friday Art Night, featuring a Christmas Ballroom Dance Class – Rumba, Swing and Viennese Waltz with Brian Sostek at the Northfield Dance Academy, 640 Water Street S. from 6:30-8:00pm. Pre-register before Nov 30th $40 per couple/$20 for singles or at the door $45 per couple/$25 for singles. Email northfielddance@gmail.com to register. Check out the full First Friday Art Night lineup here!

Give to the Max Day Nov. 15!

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is participating in Give to the Max Day (GTMD18) as part of the NDDC fall fund drive. GTMD18 will take place November 15 from 12am-11:59:59pm. One of the benefits for donors who make gifts during GTMD18 is the chance to be winners in drawings for prizes. If you are selected, you can name the organization that will receive your prize. Prizes range from $500 to $10,000! We hope that you would choose  the  NDDC as the beneficiary of your good fortune!

Here is a list of the prize drawings on GTMD18:

  • $500 Golden Tickets every 10 minutes
  • $10,000 Power Hours at 10am and 10 pm
  • $1,000 Hourly Golden Tickets
  • $500 Early Giving Golden Tickets (1 each day between November 1-15
  • $10,000 Super-sized Golden Ticket (drawn from all early giving donations)

How to donate to the NDDC during GTMD18:

  1. Go to givemn.org
  2. Click on the green “Donate Now” button
  3. Do a search for “Northfield Downtown Development Corporation”
  4. Click on the green “Donate” button
  5. Choose your giving level (or click custom for the amount you’d like to give)
  6. Enter your credit card information
  7. Accept our thanks!

The goal for the NDDC fall fund drive (through December 31, 2018) is $5,000. Give to the Max Day would be an excellent time for our friends to help us make significant progress toward reaching our goal.

You can donate anytime between today and 11:59:59pm on November 15, 2018. Please the hashtag #GTMD18 when you share any news about the NDDC on social media.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Opens Doors

The NDDC board and staff joined representatives from the City, Chamber and CVB on October 30th for the ribbon cutting at Downtown Northfield’s newest lodging destination, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. The new 80-room hotel is located at Highway 3 and 2nd street and features an indoor pool, fitness room and underground parking garage.

This Fairfield was custom built to include a special feature: just off the breakfast area is a bar, lounge and deck overlooking the Cannon River. The bar area will be open to the public in the evenings, serving beer, wine, cocktails and appetizers.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites is locally owned and managed by Rebound Hospitality of Northfield. Reservations are available at www.marriott.com/mspnf or by calling 507-366-5000.