Philosophy

Equity in Place

The Frogtown Neighborhood Association is part of a city-wide network of organizations who not only believe in Equity, but center every aspect of their work around it. 

Organizations within this Equity in Place (EIP) network understand that the problems plaguing our community are deeply rooted in systematic oppression, via inequitable policies and practices, and as a result have lead to unjust patterns of resource allocation.

FNA aims to correct these unjust patterns within Frogtown through grassroots initiatives created by community for community.  

 
 

Initiatives

Victoria Theater

Victoria Theater in comprised of collection of community leaders that envision a vibrant neighborhood where the arts welcome, heal, transform and build power for the people of Frogtown and Rondo. The vision for the future of the Victoria Theater Arts Center is captured through authentic community engagement.

Frogtown Neighborhood Association’s Role:

  • Partnered with a local land bank to purchase a historic structure on University Avenue for an arts project.

  • Successfully fundraised approximately $300,000 for initial project work.

  • Supported a community-driven vision and implementation plan for an Arts Center.

  • Worked with neighborhood leaders to launch an independent nonprofit to finance the project. 


Frogtown Radio (WFNU)

WFNU is a community low-power broadcast radio station licensed to Saint Paul, Minnesota, serving Frogtown and much of Saint Paul on 94.1 MHz. The station has a hyper-local focus on the Frogtown community and surrounding neighborhoods. Programming is varied, with multiple genres of music to local talk with community members.

Frogtown Neighborhood Association’s Role:

  • Successfully applied to the FCC for a low power FM radio station.

  • Recruited neighbors as local programmers, offering training and support.

  • 40 active programs running weekly on WFNU, Frogtown’s radio station.

  • Supported WFNU’s move to independence as its own nonprofit organization; Frogtown Tuned In.


Feeding Frogtown

For families on a tight budget, transportation and cost can be barriers to healthy food, and fresh produce often gets bypassed in favor of cheaper, easier-to-access meal options. With the help of Second Harvest and other local partners, the Frogtown Neighborhood Association is seeking to solve this problem through Feeding Frogtown.

Frogtown Neighborhood Association’s Role:

  • Stepped up when all food programs suddenly closed down.

  • Hired a community expert to help develop the program.

  • Through partnership with St. Paul City School found a permanent home.

  • Supported Frogtown Farm and Feeding Frogtown by purchasing Farm’s hyper local produce.

  • Created a unique weekly distribution model that feeds 400 families a week.


Preserve Frogtown

Since 2012 Historic Saint Paul and Frogtown Neighborhood Association have partnered in Preserve Frogtown, a partnership to honor and celebrate the rich cultural and architectural heritage of this working class neighborhood through housing and creative community-building activities.

Frogtown Neighborhood Association’s Role:

  • Created a model development process to save culturally important properties from dilapidation or demolition.

  • Fully rehabilitated 4 culturally significant homes; sold 1 to a Frogtowner.

  • Worked to sell another duplex with alley house to a local business owner.


Frogtown Creative Arts Festival

The Frogtown Creative Arts Festival was birthed out of our community’s need to celebrate the creativity and talent of Frogtown residents. Every fall, FNA enlivens an empty lot to showcase the amazing talents of artist and entrepreneurs who live right here in Frogtown area.

Frogtown Neighborhood Association’s Role:

  • Developed an annual Arts Festival where local artists of all genres and disciplines are highlighted and compensated for their art.

  • Local bands, vocal artists and poets perform for approximately 300 attendees.

  • Builds a new narrative based on assets of our community.


Wilder Cooperative

Frogtown Neighborhood Association’s Role:

  • Worked with resident leader, Mr. Walter Battle, and other resident leaders to save 163 units in the last black and brown owned housing cooperative in the state from a predatory real estate investor.

  • Supported the creation of a new Board of Directors to strengthen the Cooperative.

  • Working with the Cooperative to build a strong budget to ensure the longevity of the housing community.