We provide project management, government relations, storytelling, & nonprofit administration services to Friends of the Falls (FOF). Guided by the Native Partnership Council, the Riverfront project brings together FOF, the Native American Community Development Institute. the City of Minneapolis, & the Park Board.
Studio Civic prepared The Falls Initiative Community Engagement Plan in collaboration with the entire engagement team, and reflecting the guidance of the Native Partnership Council. It was approved by the elected bodies of the City of Minneapolis & the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board as part of the MOU between them and Friends of the Falls. The Falls Initiative has at its heart a commitment to truth and reconciliation, and a mission to educate as well as engage the broader community. The project team believes that an organized and transparent process founded on empowerment and inclusion will result in an authentic opportunity for healing, and lays the groundwork to create a place of great significance.
Check out the plan in its entirety here.
Educating the broader public through media and art are central to the Falls Initiative. This 8-minute highlight video of featured content from the first Falls Initiative Community Conversation, "A Story Disrupted: Indigenous Perspective" is one of many examples of our work to facilitate storytelling and knowledge sharing through media. Footage was shot in studio at AV For You, video produced by Studio Civic for Friends of the Falls.
The potential of immersive technologies to transform public engagement has been a topic on our radar since 2016 when our founder piloted municipal applications of VR for the City of Minneapolis.
Our pitch to pilot an immersive gallery was welcomed by Friends of the Falls and the engagement team, who worked together to curate a compelling multimedia gallery experience that was brought to life by REM5 VR.
The immersive gallery shares the Falls story with a national and even international audience, since it is accessible regardless of geographic location, time, or physical ability.
The immersive exhibit is accessible on any computer from the Friends of the Falls website, here.
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