Join Springboard for the Arts, The West Bank Business Association, and neighborhood partners for a series of projects this spring and summer to connect and celebrate the Cedar-Riverside community!

Events include a creative lighting artwork display to increase safety, a youth artist exhibit, a large, community-designed banner, an intergenerational film about the West Bank community, an area clean-up, and neighborhood-wide celebration. All events are free and family-friendly.

About the Projects

West Bank Get Together
Friday, May 17, 6 – 8pm at Currie Park (Clean-up)
Friday, June 7, 6 – 8pm at Currie Park (Music Festival)

A celebration of music and beautification of the West Bank neighborhood through sound art, music and community and cleaning. Project team members include Abdirizak Bihi, Jacob Aaron and Bianca Pettis.

Feynuus Lighting Artwork Display 
Friday, June 7, 6 – 8pm at Currie Park
A creative lighting display in Currie Park will showcase how to make the area safer while educating people about the Feynuus, an important source of lighting in Somalia. Project teams members include Bosteya Jama, Halima Hassan, and Fartun Del.

Living the Dream Banner Inauguration 
Saturday, June 8, 5 – 7pm at Edna Park (next to the Wienery)
An unveiling of a large, community-designed banner that reflects the current and future growing industry present on the West Bank. Project team members include Meena Mangalvedhekar and Larry Rostad.

Hope Through Art Youth Artworks Display
Saturday, June 8, 5 – 7pm at House of Balls studio 
A display of artwork created by Cedar-Riverside youth mentored by local artist Allen Christian from the House of Balls. Project team members include Abdirahman Mukhtar, Alan Christian of House of Balls, Abdullahi Farah and Mary Jane.

West Bank 6 Story Film Display
Sunday, June 9, 5 – 7pm at Mixed Blood Theatre
A viewing of a film that counters the negative perceptions maintained by many about the peaceful community of West-Bank. Project team members include Abdurizak Sisco, Abdullahi Sheikh and Ahmed Ali.

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About the Project Partners

The West Bank Business Association exists to engage the business community in the responsible economic development of the West Bank district while preserving the unique character and heritage of the Cedar-Riverside area. www.thewestbank.org


The West Bank Business Association
exists to engage the business community in the responsible economic development of the West Bank district while preserving the unique character and heritage of the Cedar-Riverside area. www.thewestbank.org

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard’s mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. www.springboardforthearts.org

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The Connecting Community project is supported by Springboard for the Arts and West Bank Business Association. Funding is provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts’ Building Bridges 2017 – 2018 Grants Program, The Kresge Foundation and Bush Foundation.

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