Healthy ideas for Duluth to be presented today
Four local organizations will present ideas about making Duluth a more vibrant city during the Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival — and at least one of the groups might win a financial boost.
The Healthy Duluth Ideas Festival will include quick-hit TED-style presentations with topics ranging from a connected trail system across the top ridge of the city, to the staging of a theatrical performance that will highlight health inequities.
The Zeppa Foundation will award up to $10,000 toward at least one of the ideas presented during the festival, which starts at 5:30 p.m. today at the Zeitgeist Arts Building.
The community is invited to attend, ask questions, provide feedback and help determine how the money is divided.These ideas first were introduced at healthyduluth.org, a website that aims to catalogue community action, from the seedlings of an idea to those that are already in progress.Tony Cuneo, executive director of the Zeppa Foundation, said healthyduluth.org is a resource, both for other organizations and policy-makers. “We want organizations across Duluth to have a place to find each other and network,” he said. “We want to be able to point to the ideas on this site and clearly articulate that there is a lot of great work going on in our community. We’re a sort of forward-thinking, proactive community when it comes to health equity and designing policies and systems and making healthy choices easy choices.”The festival will include information from:* Cyclists of Gitchee Gummee Shores, which will talk about its vision for the Grand Traverse — a trail system across the top ridge of Duluth.* Seeds of Success, which will explore how improvements to the local food system can positively impact community health and development.* The Health & Wellness Table, which will discuss its idea for an interactive performance about health inequities and ideas for change.* Healthy Duluth, which will focus on tactical urbanism.The Zeppa Foundation received a grant through the Convergence Innovation Partnership, which is a national effort to improve health equity.
If you goWhat: Healthy Duluth Ideas FestivalWhen: 5:30 p.m. today, followed by a receptionWhere: Zeitgeist Arts Building, 222 E. Superior St.Tickets: Free, open to the publicMore info: Go to healthyduluth.org