An exciting new way for CURA to support your work!
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CURA Community Visualization

CURA Community Visualization - Call for Issues

Are you working on a policy issue that is complex and difficult to communicate?

Are you looking for a new way for your community or constituency to better understand and organize around this issue?
CURA’s new Community Visualization program is looking for partners to collaborate with this Fall (late Sept 2015 – early Jan 2016) to create visual pieces that make complicated policies and processes more transparent and easier to understand. These pieces could include infographics, posters, visual guides or other tools.

What is CURA’s Community Visualization program?

CURA Community Visualization staff work collaboratively with CURA’s Community GIS team, providing timely data analysis, visualization, information design and mapping resources to community organizations throughout the Twin Cities. We use data and design to make sense of complex issues, collaborating with organizers, advocates, analysts, educators, designers, students, technologists, artists and community leaders to make tools that demystify often complex policy and planning issues, especially for those traditionally on the margins of policy development. We prioritize projects and collaborations that create benefit for communities of color and low-income communities. Project examples can be found here:

What makes a good Community Visualization project?

  • There is a clearly defined issue or process that you want to make simpler and easy to understand.
  • There is a defined constituency for the tool we develop, and you have strong relationships with members of this constituency.
  • You are able to engage members of this constituency to help shape and influence the project as we go.
  • There is a clear purpose or outcome you are trying to achieve with the piece we create.
  • You already have the content for the project and/or have the capacity to take the lead (with support from CURA) on developing the content.

What does CURA support include?

  • We provide design support to create a visual piece around your issue, able to be shared by print and/or web (based on what we collaboratively determine is needed).
  • If the piece is printed, we pay for an initial set of copies to use for getting feedback during the design process.
  • We share the piece on our website, and create a digital version you can post as well.

Examples of recent work

Who Can Live in My Apartment?
Who Can Live in My Apartment: a guide to occupancy code for rental housing in Minneapolis, in collaboration with Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Lyndale Neighborhood Association and Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association
Life Cycle of an Organizing Campaign, in collaboration with the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing
Learning Tools for the Community Equity Pipeline, in collaboration with Wilder Foundation

Have an issue? Interested in collaborating? What next?

Send an email to Kristen Murray ( by Sept 10, 2015 with several sentences that describe:
  1. The issue you are working on, and the constituency that benefits from the project, including your relationship with and accountability to them
  2. The goal or purpose of the visual piece
  3. The content that will be used: Is research and/or content development required? Do you have the content already?
We will follow up with you promptly after Sept 10 and make a decision about collaborations by late September.

Please get in touch with Kristen (kmurray@umn.edu612-625-7560) if you have questions or would like to discuss a project idea.
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