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Bridging Festival will “Bridge” Phillips from Little Earth to 35W

10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Ӣ August 13

By Dallas Johnson

First Annual Bridging Festival & Mural Installation Celebration is Moving Through Phillips August 13th

The Bridging Minneapolis Project is partnering with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre to present The Bridging Festival, a hands-on, interactive event progressing throughout Phillips, East to West along 24th St, from Hiawatha to 35W. Our festival will move from site to site (like a progressive dinner) and we”'ll co-create while we learn about projects taking place throughout our neighborhood.

Aug 13th ”Bridging” Schedule

  • Pre-Festival – Two 3-wheelers collect water from the Mississippi River and Lake of the Isles
  • 10am – Little Earth of United Tribes (24th & Cedar): Water blessing ceremony
  • 11am – East Phillips Park (24th & 18th): Refreshments
  • 12-2:30p – Phillips Community Center (24th & 11th): Circle ceremony, lunch and HotB helps us create festival adornments
  • 2:30-3p – Tour of Somali Mall (24th & Elliot)
  • 3:30-4:30p – Open Eye Theatre (24th & 5th): The bridge was created as a result of the collaborative efforts of neighbors in the early 70s who”'d suffered the wound caused by freeway installation. Not only a gateway, it”'s a testament to what can be achieved through collective vision and action. HotB will host our ceremony as we co-mingle our water from both sides of the bridge and commemorate our first Bridging Minneapolis mural panels.
  • 4:30-7p – The Center for Changing Lives (24th & Oakland): Enjoy live music, storytelling, creation-stations (make mosaic planters with Semilla to be placed throughout Phillips, create mural panels to take home, make perennial seed balls to plant in barren spots in the neighborhood), learn about neighborhood projects and resources and check out maps and photos that tell the history of our neighborhood.

“Bridging” Coming Soon!

Bridging Minneapolis Project artists, Elissa Cedarleaf & Greta McLain have been working with participants from Jefferson School, Kateri Residence and St. Stephen”'s Shelter to create 4”' mural panels visually conveying answers to questions using a bridge as a metaphor, i.e. “How have you been a bridge? Who”'s been a bridge for you? How are you in transition”. The “Bridging” murals will be installed on the sound barrier walls along Highway 35W at 24th Street. The MN Dept. of Transportation permit has been granted and now that the MN State Gov”'t is back in business, the installation celebration is ON!

Our new website is here!

Learn more about “Bridging Minneapolis” and Phillips West. Check out resources for activating your own neighborhood. Our site also features a community calendar. Notify us when you”'re celebrating special days and accomplishments, hosting events or meetings, etc. and we”'ll post to our new neighborhood calendar. www.bridgingminneapolis.com. Contact us to join our team or add yourself to our mailing list. dallicious@gmail.com

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