Hi-Lake Initiatives: A Retrospective
In the immediate days following George Floyd's murder in 2020, Norah's Minneapolis Third-Precinct neighborhood was reeling with deep wounds and needs. At that time, Norah joined together with neighbors to spearhead a cluster of community projects which came to be called the Hi-Lake Initiatives. Here are some of those stories.
#PaintourPeace facilitated community paints on plywood covering the windows of neighborhood businesses, providing supplies and space for every passerby to add their visual voice. 800+ neighbors from preschool to community elders created 5000SF of art in 5 written languages on the boards of a dozen businesses during May-June. See more pictures of the art and artists on Facebook at Paint our Peace.
TedX Youth Minnetonka
Norah had the privilege of being the closing speaker for a TEDX Youth conference held in Minnetonka MN in 2020, speaking about Hi-Lake Initiatives and her "Year of the Proactive Yes." View that presentation here.
#CommonTableSouth brought revenue to neighborhood businesses, food to neighbors, and increased connection to the neighborhood via donation-funded, festive, pay-as-able outdoor lunches. In 25 events, CTS served 2,700+ meals and drove $27K of revenue to primarily BIPOC owned and run small food businesses, funded by attendees and sponsors. For photos visit FB@ Common Table South.
Pandemic Hymn Sing