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Northside Oral History 

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting Request for Ideas for Phase 2 of the Northside Oral History Project!

ReCAST is a federally-funded program within the Division of Race and Equity at the City of Minneapolis. It exists to address trauma that arises as a result of structural and historical racism.

ReCAST has three main goals:

The Northside Oral History Project addresses our first goal. This project centers the stories of residents who have lived in the Penn/Plymouth area for decades. Through this work, we will elevate the stories of resistance and resilience that have made the community what it is. The purpose of this project is to bring residents and City staff together to create asset based systems change.

There are two distinct phases of this project:

We are currently accepting applications from vendors for ideas on art projects. Interested applicants will be provided with the executive summaries from Phase 1 that will give them a high level understanding of participants’ stories. Based on the executive summaries:

Upon submission of these ideas, these proposals will be voted on by a council comprised of Northside community members. Six applicants will receive a stipend of $250 to develop a full proposal based on the complete data set. These proposals will then be voted on by community members.

Applications are due Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. and are available online. Please direct any questions about the application or process to [email protected]

Scope of Work & Project Types

    Scope of Work

    • Outline and implement a project plan that enables applicant to use the data collected in first phase of Oral History Project for an art project
    • Identity the medium (visual, performance, etc), tools, and materials needed to implement the project
    • Specify the key themes that the art project will address
    • Ideas on how City of Minneapolis staff and community members could potentially be involved in the project in a participatory manner (this will be more deeply developed with ReCAST staff upon selection)
    • Indicate how the project will be presented back to City Staff and the Community

    Project Types: We are open to the type of project proposed by the applicant. Potential projects can include but are not limited to:

    • Visual art including paintings, murals, collages,
    • A documentary, podcast, or radio program
    • Theatrical performances including storytelling, monologues, and musicals
    • Music
    • Pop ups and place-making
    • Curriculum or teach in

Qualifications & Criteria For Artists


  • Required: Applicants must have experience as an artist and specific experience using the medium proposed in their application.
  • Required: Applicants must have experience designing and implementing a community based art processes
  • We are accepting applications from applicants throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. We strongly encourage artists who have a deep knowledge and connections to North Minneapolis to apply.
  • Criteria: Each application will be scored on the following criteria

  • Professional Expertise: Does the applicant show that they have expertise as an artist?
  • Community Knowledge: Does the applicant show that they have knowledge of North Minneapolis?
  • Scope of Work: Does the applicant identify how they will meet the objectives outlines in the scope of work?
  • Experience: Does the applicant provide demonstrable knowledge and practice around the identified scope of work?
  • Budget: Does the applicant provide a detailed budget? Does the budget show how they will meet the goals outlined in the Request for Ideas (ROI)?
  • Requirements

  • Please be sure to look over the Terms and Conditions document on ReCAST Minneapolis’ web page. This document lists the requirements that your organization will need for insurance and also spells out what selected trainers will be agreeing to.
  • Please also look at the fee schedule for specific activities that may apply to your work.

Other Important Logistics


    Include a detailed budget, not exceeding $25,000, that indicates cost for materials, artist time, and other related expenses

    Selection process and timeline: There are several steps to the selection process

  • August 26 – Request for Ideas Deadline at 5 p.m.
  • August 27 – September 4 Projects Reviewed by Community Review Council comprised of staff, community members (elders and youth) and artists. Review committee will select 6 artists to go to next stage in the process
  • September 6 – Artists receive invitation to go through the full set of data of 90 stories. Artists will develop a detailed workplan that identifies which stories will be used, how they will be used, the roles of each member on the artist team, how staff and community members will be engaged in the implementation of the workplan and the timeline in achieving these objectives. Artists will also develop a presentation of their projects for the community voting process that will take place on September 24 and 25th.
  • September 20 – Detailed workplan is due
  • September 24 and 25 – Community Review Process
  • September 30 – Artists selected are announced
  • October 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 – Project Implementation Phase

Oral History Project Toolkit

Frequently Asked Questions

    How did this project come to be?

  • ReCAST Minneapolis’ first goal is to build greater trust and understanding between City staff and community residents. Within our first year, our advisory team expressed interest in using art as a medium to build that trust. With the guidance of that team, we were encouraged to pursue a Oral History project for the Penn/Plymouth area in North Minneapolis that would give community elders an opportunity to share, in their own words, their narratives about living in this community over the last 50 years.
  • Why is this project only focused on North Minneapolis? What about other communities?

  • In our project plan, ReCAST Minneapolis identified parts of North Minneapolis, South Minneapolis, and Cedar Riverside as key areas to do our work because of the overlap of racial disparities due to a long legacy of discrimination, redlining, environmental injustice, and violence against communities of color. In 2018, we focused on South Minneapolis and are now hosting a mural in City Hall depicting the narratives of LatinX immigrants.
  • Why are there two phases of the selection process?

  • There are two phases of this selection process for several reasons. The first reason is that the 90 stories represents a significant amount of data. Because we recognize the ways in which artists are not always justly compensated for their work, we have designed a process that will stipend up to six artists $250 for looking through this data set. The second reason that there are two phases is because we want to ensure that whatever projects are implemented, have been supported by the community. To that end, we will hold a voting process in September where Northside residents will be able to select which projects should move forward.
  • Are there funding restrictions?

  • Yes. The funding restrictions are based on terms set by the Department of Health and Human Services which provided the funds being used in the project and those established by the City of Minneapolis on how to use public dollars. Funding restrictions are located at the bottom of the page.
  • What are other ways to get involved with ReCAST Minneapolis?

  • ReCAST Minneapolis has a diverse body of work that community residents, organizations, and City staff can get involved with. To keep up to date with these activities, please sign up for our newsletter and like us on Facebook.

Funding restrictions - please read

SAMHSA, ReCAST Minneapolis grant funds must be used for purposes supported by the program and cannot be used for any of the following:

  • Pay for any lease.   
  • Pay for food, other than light snacks, not to exceed $3.00 per person.
  • Pay for housing other than residential mental health and/or substance abuse treatment.  
  • Provide services to incarcerated populations (defined as those persons in jail, prison, detention facilities, or in custody where they are not free to move about in the community).  
  • Pay for the purchase or construction of any building or structure to house any part of the program.  (Applicants may request up to $75,000 for renovations and alterations of existing facilities, if necessary and appropriate to the project.)  
  • Provide residential or outpatient treatment services when the facility has not yet been acquired, sited, approved, and met all requirements for human habitation and services provision.  (Expansion or enhancement of existing residential services is permissible.)  
  • Provide inpatient treatment or hospital-based detoxification services.  Residential services are not considered to be inpatient or hospital-based services.  
  • Pay for unallowable costs (e.g., meals, sporting events, entertainment). Only allowable costs associated with the use of federal funds are permitted to fund evidence-based practices (EBPs). Other sources of funds may be used for unallowable costs (e.g., meals, sporting events, entertainment).  Other support is defined as funds or resources, whether federal, non-federal, or institutional, in direct support of activities through fellowships, gifts, prizes, or in-kind contributions. 
  • Make direct payments to individuals to induce them to enter prevention or treatment services. However, SAMHSA discretionary grant funds may be used for non-clinical support services (e.g., bus tokens, child care) designed to improve access to and retention in prevention and treatment programs. 
  • Make direct payments to individuals to encourage attendance and/or attainment of prevention or treatment goals.  However, SAMHSA discretionary grant funds may be used for non-cash incentives of up to $30 to encourage attendance and/or attainment of prevention or treatment goals when the incentives are built into the program design and when the incentives are the minimum amount that is deemed necessary to meet program goals.  SAMHSA policy allows an individual participant to receive more than one incentive over the course of the program.  However, non-cash incentives should be limited to the minimum number of times deemed necessary to achieve program outcomes.  A grantee or treatment or prevention provider may also provide up to $30 cash or equivalent (coupons, bus tokens, gifts, child care, and vouchers) to individuals as incentives to participate in required data collection follow up.  This amount may be paid for participation in each required interview.
  • Distribute sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug.  
  • Pay for medicines for HIV antiretroviral therapy, sexually transmitted diseases (STD)/sexually transmitted illnesses (STI), TB, and hepatitis B and C, or for psychotropic drugs. 

Application Questions & Materials

Last updated Aug 6, 2019



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