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Neighborhood Cultural Music

The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) was established in 1960 to make Seward a better place to live, work, and play and is recognized by the City of Minneapolis as the official citizen participation organization within the boundaries of the Seward neighborhood. The mission of CommonBond Communities is to build community by creating affordable housing as a stepping-stone to success. They provide on-site resident services in the Seward East and West Towers. SNG, WBSM, and CommonBond collaborated to recruit a planning group from Seward Towers residents and other members of the East African community to plan and promote three free concerts in Matthews Park featuring East African musicians and other performers. Together they created a professionally staged concert series that gave project partners and East African immigrants the opportunity to work together on cultural programming and create an opportunity for East African residents to be the hosts for events in a setting outside the Seward Towers. The project built community, engaged Seward Towers residents, and caused new residents to be involved in the neighborhood.

Project Award Date: 
Community organization or agency: 
Seward Neighborhood Group / CommonBond Communities
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988