The West Bank Crash Course logo includes "The West Bank Crash Course" in big, bold letters, followed by "an un-conference." When: September 25-27, 2019. For more information visit www.thewestbank.org/crashcourse (where you are now.)

Join us for the the West Bank Crash Course – September 25-27, 2019. Three days of free workshops tailored to the unique needs of businesses including restaurants, nonprofits, artists, and musicians.

This year’s Crash Course will take place at the Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 South 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (except for storytelling at Palmer’s (Wednesday).


Our History – Wednesday, September 25

4-7 PM – West Bank Stories

Hosted by Palmer’s at Palmer’s Bar, 500 Cedar Ave S

Palmer’s Bar is one of the oldest in Minneapolis – and one of the best! Join us for a casual happy-hour full of West Bank storytelling and pints!

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West Bank Goes Green – Thursday, September 26

Sustainability and environmental issues are challenges that demand action. How can your business be part of the solution without hurting your bottom line? From energy efficiency, to embracing multi-modal transportation, to implementing smarter waste management systems, spend the day learning about how your business can be part of the green revolution.

Today’s events are at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S 4th St.

10 AM – Mass Transit=Mass Customers

Hosted by Metro Transit, West Bank Business Association

The West Bank is home to not one but TWO light rail stations, as well as several major bus nodes. At this session, learn more about getting more people from light rail and bus to your business

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11:00 AM – The Aquaponic Garden For Businesses

Hosted by Ghandi Mahal

Learn more about food security and how Gandhi Mahal created a thriving aquatic eco-system to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and fish.

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12 Noon – West Bank / Cedar-Riverside Feedback Session: The Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan

Hosted by the West Bank business association in partnership with Our Streets MPLS.

The West Bank / Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is one of the most “accessible” neighborhoods in terms of transit and location, but are we really? What can be done to make our neighborhood better for those that live, work, learn, and play in the neighborhood? How can we advocate for more resources and improvements?

Join us for a FREE lunch and a conversation about the City of Minneapolis’ 10-year Transportation Action Plan and how it impacts you.

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1PM – Walkable West Bank

Hosted by Abigail Johnson and Julia Curran, Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Bike, bus, train, or car – no matter how you arrive on the West Bank as you shop you are a pedestrian. Given that walking (and rolling) visitors are increasing, learn ways you can improve the pedestrian-friendly nature of your storefront.

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2 PM – Organics and Recycling for Business

Hosted by Nancy Lo, Hennepin Country Waste Reduction and Recycling

Organic and recycling can boost customer loyalty, but implementing new systems can be a challenge. Learn more about the benefits and rules of recycling and composting for businesses.

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Making it Work in Music – Friday, September 27

Musicians and artists are the lifeblood of the West Bank. An important part of our history, they create the culture that brings people to the neighborhood to visit restaurants and shops. This day of workshops is aimed at giving these small businesses the tools they need to grow and thrive. While the information is tailored to artists, there is information relevant to any entrepreneur starting their journey.

Today’s events are at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S 4th St.

10 AM – Neurodiversity and Mental Health in Music

Hosted by Lyndie Walker, MT-BC Music Therapist Board Certified, Toneworks Music Therapist Services

Many of music’s greatest works have come from times of turmoil, but what about the artist during the process? Join us for a conversation to discuss neurodiversity and Mental Health in Music. 

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11 AM – Live Sound Basics

Hosted by Molly Murray, Event Logistics Specialist & sound Tech, National MS Society

Playing to the venue is key for a musician. But what are the finer points of running sound successfully, and what should musicians know? Join us for a judgment-free crash course in live sound. 

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12 Noon – Tax Education for the Self-Employed, with Q+A

Hosted by Prepare+Prosper

No topic generates more anxiety – and questions than TAXES! Join Prepare + Prosper for an informational session of taxes for the self-employed, followed by a Q&A session. Bring you tricky questions and the worries that have been keeping you up at night. This is you (FREE) opportunity to ask a specialist.

Grab lunch from your local fave or bring a brown bag – but leave room for dessert – we’ll have treats from West Bank businesses to share.

Prepare + Prosper and its volunteers work with low to moderate income people to build financial well-being through free tax preparation and financial services, products, and coaching, and by changing systems to create economic opportunity.

You can find out more about their services at prepareandprosper.org

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1 PM – Go Get Your Money!

Hosted by Jamie Schumacher, West Bank Business Association

HEY ARTISTS! Building an audience? Creating new works? Join us for a rapid fire information session on resources for artists including grant opportunities.

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2 PM – Repetitive Stress Clinic For Artists and Musicians

Hosted by Dr. Diane Smith, Advanced Wellness & Sports Rehab, PA

Ow, my wrist! Oof, my neck! Musicians and artists are particularly vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries. At this clinic learn how you can avoid some of the ailments common to musicians and artists – and how to help take care of your body when you find yourself in a pinch (literally.)

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The West Bank Gives Back

Donations to Brian Coyle

Nobody should ever have to miss a meal. Crash Course workshops are free, but door donations are greatly appreciate. 100% will go towards re-stocking the good shelf at Brian Coyle, committed to providing healthy, culturally-relevant food.


The Crash Course is made possible thanks to generous support from McKnight Foundation, the Good Neighbor Fund, and the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Business District Support programs.

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