Digital Equity is a new project for Creative CityMaking Minneapolis

Creative CityMaking

A project on ‘Digital Equity’ with the City of Minneapolis IT Department was one of three projects chosen for the Creative CityMaking Minneapolis (CCM) program.

What is CCM?

Creative CityMaking Minneapolis is a multi-year, arts-based innovation initiative within Minneapolis City government designed to advance City priorities through in-depth collaborations between City departments and highly skilled community artists. Creative CityMaking Minneapolis is a leading-edge program stewarded by Intermedia Arts, the region’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, and The Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy program at the City of Minneapolis.

Artist(s) will be chosen to help the IT Department improve the way they confront the issue of digital equity in the city. They not only develop a project, but enhance a process. The call for artists ends April 24th! [Read more…]

Fix-It Tech: Sustainable device repairs for Minneapolis residents

Fix-It Tech volunteer

Fix-It Tech volunteer helping a participant with her laptop

 

If something is broken or not working well, the next step would naturally be to try and fix it.

Broken hairbrush? Buy a new one.

Leaky pipe under the sink? Call maintenance or a friend – otherwise, grab your toolbox!

Cracked dish? Glue, buy another, or, just use a different one.

But, what about for a computer that isn’t operating well? ‘Buy a new one’ is not a great option for most people. Even calling on ‘maintenance’ – AKA computer repair shops – can often get pricey. And, glue can only do so much…

Just to understand this new way of living now, we need people to help us with our technical difficulties. – Edmond, 2014 Fix-It Tech Participant

Results from Minneapolis’ 2014 Community Technology Survey showed that many city residents struggle with computer maintenance, whether it be installing software, troubleshooting problems, backing up files, etc.

Let’s face it. A computer is a pretty complicated piece of machinery.

Because of this, the Fix-It Tech Events were launched. [Read more…]

Twin Cities Daily Planet-Waiting time: Digital divide in South Minneapolis

In a story published on Monday, March 25th, Juanita Espinosa digs to the heart of what it means to be on the “wrong side of the digital divide” as she demonstrates the whirlwind of cumulative effects that descend upon someone with limited access to technology today.

Lisa, the woman in the story, can’t sustain an effective job search on the limited time offered at the Franklin Library. Expectation regarding online communication outpaces people’s access to it on a regular basis, and in a world that demands we always be signed on, traditional approaches such as library computer labs can help, but they’re not enough. And the effects of limited access are insidious, as the story shows. Not only can Lisa not conduct a successful job search, but neither can she facilitate her daughter’s education when schools too expect parents to be online.

Espinosa reveals that without a change a dangerous downward spiral might form for Lisa, and such stories are not the exception as issues of the digital divide only continue to grow. Read the full story here.

$4.8m Emerge Career and Technology Center will address growing digital divide in North Minneapolis

Emerge Career Center

Emerge Community Development will be turning the old North Branch Library in North Minneapolis into a new technology center to provide the community with a whole slew of economically empowering services. This will include training in job skills and entrepeneurship, while learning labs, computer kiosks, conference rooms and offices will be available. Other organizations supporting these services will join Emerge in the historic building. Construction should start by the end of the year, but fundraising is still underway: Donate here.

This new CTC will help balance the disparities in joblessness and contribute to the revival of the West Broadway community.

Read more about it here.