Preservation Grant Update
Thank you to everyone who voted, voted and voted for our Club throughout the Partners in Preservation Grant process. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Club to not only raise funds, but awareness of who we are what we do. Over the course of the five-week voting process we were featured on WCCO News, KARE 11 News, in Minneapolis / St. Paul Magazine, the Star Tribune and more. We even received our very own Mayoral Proclamation from Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey. A sincere thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that gave tours and worked on this event behind the scenes.
Every vote from every person throughout this wonderful month meant something. Every vote counted, because we needed everyone to place in the top 13 winners of this campaign.
We are thrilled to announce that The Woman’s Club has received more than $90,000 in grants to fund our renovation of The Assembly Theater Space.
And this grant money is entirely due to YOU. Thank you so much to all who put their time and effort into voting for us every day; we wouldn’t have won without your love and dedication! It’s been inspiring to see this amazing Minneapolis community come together for this campaign.
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis needs your vote!
Polling opens online today at voteyourmainstreet.org/minneapolis. The Woman’s Club is competing against 19 historic properties in locations across the United States for a Main Street Grant from Partners in Preservation. Anyone with a valid email address can vote up to five times per day September 24 through October 29.
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis hopes to win the funding to begin a multi-phase renovation of The Assembly at The Woman’s Club, a 600-seat theater that is need of updates and upgrades to better serve audiences and attract more performers. The Assembly has historically hosted diverse forms of theatrical practice and public engagement and currently fills a vital need in the Twin Cities arts community by providing a safe and accessible performance space for independent artists. With this grant The Woman’s Club hopes to complete Phase One of a three-phase renovation. Phase One includes replacing the seats and repairing the damaged floor. Club President Joanne Provo states, “We are really counting on our community and supporters near and far to cast their votes daily so that The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis can continue providing a quality performance space for the Twin Cities. This is an effort which speaks to the very core of our mission.”
This year, to mark the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, Partners in Preservation will have a special emphasis on historic buildings and sites that celebrate the contributions of women in Main Street communities across America, both historic and modern day. Through this, Partners in Preservation will seek to uncover and raise awareness of women’s often unrecognized contributions to American history and society.
Formed in 1907, The Woman’s Club is perfectly aligned with the theme of this year’s grant program. Numerous founding members of The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis were active in women’s suffrage and one founder Clara Ueland, was the first president of the League of Women Voters. Historically, The Club advocated for public safety in tenement housing and public schools. Members worked with and continue to work with veterans, visually impaired persons, and women and children from all over the Twin Cities metro. Currently the Club engages in numerous Community Outreach
initiatives including a scholarship program with Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Shop with a Cop in partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department, a hats & mittens drive for a designated shelter / non-profit, a book drive for Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association and a school supply drive for People Serving People.
Partners in Preservation will be visiting The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis on Thursday October 17, when The Club will be hosting two Open Houses. The first from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and another from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The events are free and open to the public. There will be guided tours, complimentary appetizers and drinks in addition to live entertainment and specials in our dining room.
Created by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Partners in Preservation program has provided $24 million in support of historic places across the U.S., helping historic places in eight cities to date, including San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis, New York, and Washington, D.C. region, and has engaged more than a million people.
Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.
Votes will be counted and winners announced immediately following the voting period on October 30. To vote for the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis and to learn more about Partners in Preservation visit voteyourmainstreet.org/minneapolis.