Arts & Education
Minneapolis can do more to capitalize on the creativity and intelligence for which this city has long been known. As mayor, I'll implement city policy to showcase our strengths and expand on our reputation.
- Use housing policy to protect artists from gentrification. I would push for industrial zoning designations and supplementing them with an overlay of live/work artist housing. When industrial zoning designations are swapped out with residential ones, gentrification displaces the artists that made Minneapolis such an attractive city in the first place.
- Liberalize restrictions that stymie art in public places. Restrictions that prevent artists from selling their work in public spaces or make the process cumbersome and inaccessible don't just make it hard for artists to sustain their livelihoods, but also deny Minneapolitans the chance to enjoy their creations. As Mayor, I will support reforming licensing ordinances that impede artistic creativity and cultural expression.
- Expand on the city's existing public arts programs such as artistic utility boxes and paint the pavement. Lists of spaces available for these kinds of public art should be compiled and publicized for artists' benefit. Expanding and making this program more accessible allows artists to apply their skill and beautifies our neighborhoods.
- Resume regular meetings with the School Board. It used to be that the Mayor would meet with the School Board on a near-monthly basis. I would resume these meetings because our city governments cannot be operating in silos, especially when our children are involved. Because we have an independent school board, the Mayor has to collaborate to have a positive impact on our public schools, and as your Mayor I promise to do just that. I worked hard as the co-chair of the Yes for Minneapolis Kids campaign, our successful project to get the referendum funding Minneapolis public schools passed this past November. And, while schools have closed throughout the city over the last 15 years, in the 3rd Ward, working with invested parents and School Board Directors, we managed to open one. Webster Elementary is now up and running and winning awards! I cannot think of a single issue that impacts our city's success or failure more than our children's education, and so we need a Mayor that won't settle until every child has access to a superb education.
- Vocational training. Having vocational training in our schools should not be the exception to the rule--it should be the rule, and the city has a role to play. I believe our schools should offer vocational training in welding, painting, glazing, and even coding. You can teach a 5-year-old to code and, by the time they have graduated, they have a direct pipeline to a living-wage job, whether or not they go on to college. The city should be connecting industry and business with recent grads, and creating the direct pipeline between critical skills and the employers that need employees with those skills.