Artists on Main Street 2021: Building a Post-Pandemic Community

The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation is proud to announce our 2021 Artists on Main Street projects.  After receiving many strong proposals, a volunteer Public Art Review Committee (established through the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission) selected five applicants to receive $2,000 each out of the $10,000 grant budget.  These five artists will spend the summer and fall implementing their creative placemaking projects in downtown Northfield!

Project title Lead artist Brief summary
A Breath for Change Epic Enterprise Arts Learners A collaborative installation featuring 3-D self-portraits and birds moving among 3-D trees, culminating in an accessible and inclusive community event and exhibit at the Brick Oven Bakery.
Framing the Scene Erin Ward A free-standing, three-dimensional, mosaiced open frame to be placed along the Riverwalk area.  The interactive sculpture could be used by individuals, friends, groups or families to take pictures.
Literary Steps Kathy Ness Painted replicas of children’s book spines (with titles crowdsourced from the community) on the 16 steps going up to the Division St. side of the Northfield Public Library.
Recipes for Life Catherine Stricklan A mobile screen printing workshop that will pop-up in downtown Northfield and engage the public in creating a screen printed tea towel of a beloved family recipe or treasured words of wisdom from a loved one.
Resilience + the Freshwater Drum Along the Cannon Sophie Rogers A series of workshops and installations of large, performative drawings focusing on the freshwater drum fish and the Ames Mill Dam, cultivating a dialogue on adaptability, resilience and inclusion of our interspecies communities.

Be on the lookout for future news and announcements as these projects develop and begin to take shape throughout downtown!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Announcing the 2021 Bridge Square Block Party Summer Series!

After a year of cancelled events and limited opportunities to come together as a community, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) is proud to present a summer series of fun, family-friendly, casual and safe events in Downtown Northfield. On the third Thursdays in June through September, you can join your friends and neighbors at the 2021 Bridge Square Block Parties.

Together with our June event partner, Northfield Public Schools’ Community Education, we’re excited to kick-off our series on Thursday, June 17 from 5:00 -7:00 PM in Bridge Square.

Bring your families and join your friends and neighbors with entertainment by Northfield’s own Louis & Dan and the Invisible Band (5:30-6:30 PM) and be among the first to hear new songs featuring our beloved downtown! Purchase treats from local vendors, take advantage of “Third Thursday” shopping deals, stroll along the riverfront, or just put out a blanket and enjoy being out in the community again.

The NDDC will also be selling Taste Tour Passport Coupon Books with incredible deals from many downtown restaurants and businesses (valid through December) and Community Education will have a table with resources for you and your families about summer programming and opportunities to get involved, have fun and keep learning!

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for more fun all summer long! For more details and updates, be sure to follow the NDDC on Facebook (@DowntownNorthfield), or visit: https://downtownnorthfield.org/events

The 2021 Bridge Square Block Party series is made possible with generous support from the City of Northfield and our programming sponsors. Please join us in thanking and giving back to the businesses that support our community!

Reminder! NDDC annual meeting begins at 9am Thursday

All members of the Northfield community (and beyond!) are invited to learn more about the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, our recent accomplishments, and future goals for sustaining a vibrant downtown Northfield.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 27th at 9am.  There will be time for Q&A and information about how you can get involved in the NDDC’s ongoing work.

To register for the meeting, please visit this link.  Hope to see you there!

Save the date! NDDC annual meeting 5/27, 9am

All members of the Northfield community (and beyond!) are invited to learn more about the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, our recent accomplishments, and future goals for sustaining a vibrant downtown Northfield.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 27th at 9am.  There will be time for Q&A and information about how you can get involved in the NDDC’s ongoing work.  Additional details will be shared in the coming days.

To register for the meeting, please visit this link.  If you need assistance registering or have any other questions in the meantime, please reach out to Greg Siems, NDDC Executive Director, at greg@nddc.org.

Artists on Main Street virtual workshop – 5/7, 11am

Join us to learn more about the Artists on Main Street program and how you can receive up to $2,000 in funding for creative placemaking projects in downtown Northfield!

To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, please send an email to greg@nddc.org.  For more info and to apply, visit nddc.org/AOMS.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.