Festival Partners

Green Minneapolis and The Commons

The Commons is a 4.2 acre, new public green space downtown bounded by Park Avenue and 4th and 5th Streets. The Commons was designed as a place for respite, everyday activities, and events for residents, workers, and visitors. The Commons is for everyone.

Green Minneapolis is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 multi-project conservancy established to advance the vitality of downtown Minneapolis through parks, greening and program activation. Green Minneapolis engages in strategic public, private and philanthropic partnerships to advance the common goal of creating a vibrant public realm.

Hennepin County Library

Hennepin County Library’s mission is to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. We envision a Hennepin County where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.

Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District

The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a business-led, 501(c)6 non-profit with a mission to make downtown a vibrant and attractive place for recruiting and retaining businesses, employees, residents, shoppers, students and visitors. This is accomplished by providing services that make over 120 blocks of downtown cleaner, greener and safer. DID also serves as a catalyst, facilitator, convener and promoter of public-private partnerships, collaborations and services that enhance the downtown experience.

African Economic Development Solutions

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) builds wealth within African immigrant and Black heritage communities through our economic development activities, including business development training, homeownership education, technical assistance and transforms built environments to facilitate healthy, vibrant communities. At AEDS we also take pride in our focus on arts and culture as a tool for community development, and utilizing creative placemaking efforts in the Little Africa business and culture district to cultivate long-lasting relationships with African artists, business owners, and community members for sustainable and equitable economic development.

Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), an American Indian community development intermediary organization – the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The organization is configured as an alliance of the major Indian nonprofits and several Indian businesses in the metropolitan area committed to community-building through sector economic development and large-scale development.