Northside Funders Group launches Northside Storyville, a year-long documentary series featuring North Minneapolis entrepreneurs, community partnerships and changemakers.
“Northside Storyville aims to capture those stories through a yearlong episodic documentary film and story data archive project that acknowledges and amplifies North Minneapolis as a cultural, economic and political asset to our region. Told through the voices of Northside entrepreneurs, civic leaders, residents and youth, we hope to challenge and change the narrative we have all been told about the Northside by exposing all aspects of the people, places and spaces that make North Minneapolis.”
The Northside Funders Group is committed to changing the narrative of North Minneapolis by lifting up stories of resilience, innovation and progress. Residents, civic leaders and business owners called on us to invest in work that pivots away from the existing downtrodden messages about North Minneapolis to highlight the innovators, artists, business owners, investors and builders in our community.
“Northside Storyville challenges the headlines and rhetoric about North Minneapolis with real stories of everyday people and places who make the Northsides’ heart beat with pride. The fabric of the Northside is as vibrant and diverse as the generations of Minnesotans who have called North Minneapolis home, and it is time for people across the entire region to get to know the value and contributions that the Northside makes to our region, and we must do that by hearing it directly from the voice of the people who call the Northside home,” says Tawanna Black, Executive Director of Northside Funders Group.
Changing the narrative paves a new path that calls out the assets of North Minneapolis and provides counter support to the flood of negative media and overcome ill-conceived beliefs that stymie growth, hinder progress and deter investment.
Sarah Hernandez, co-chair of the Northside funders group, “We’ve invested in Northside Storyville to shine a light on the great work and cultural vibrancy of the North Minneapolis we know and love.”
Each month, Northside Storyville will release another episode that features stories of strength, hope, healing and growth. We challenge you to watch, listen for the stories beyond the story you know, and come visit these innovators, changemakers and community gathering places. Get to know the Northside that we know!
Watch the Prelude