Deepening our work in Cedar Riverside
The zip code in which Mixed Blood has resided since its 1976 inception, 55454, is the most ethnically diverse between Chicago and the West Coast. Four thousand people live on Mixed Blood's block, hailing from 63 countries and speaking 92 languages. In 2009, Mixed Blood began building relationships within the local Somali, Eritrean, and Ethiopian communities. In partnership with Bedlam Theatre, Mixed Blood has expanded and deepened its work within the Cedar Riverside community to include offering auditorium, office, and event space for individuals and organizations in the neighborhood, free admission to performances at Mixed Blood Theatre, training an acting company of young adult East Africans, and creating and producing plays by, about, for, and with the residents of the 55454 zip code.
Current opportunities include:
- Be Part of Cedar Cypher: a two-day community building winter festival at Mixed Blood Theatre () celebrating Somali arts and artists with the conscious intention of being for, by, and with the local Cedar Riverside community. Featuring performances by acclaimed local & international artists, a panel discussion lead by community activists on youth issues, performances from local Somali playwrights preformed by local Somali actors, and the presentation of several curated visual art projects. The Cedar Cypher winter festival experience will conclude with a finale party and screening of a mini documentary following the process behind building community through sharing the stories & visions of local artists.
See our plays for free: Through Radical Hospitality, admission is free on first come first served basis starting 2 hours before every show.
Attend the 55454 Series and events: There will be four free plays about Africans and Muslims in America starting in January 2015. There will be events and discussions for each of these plays.
Past Welcoming Spaces Events Include:
Somali Networking Event (Dec 2013)
Health Commons Volunteer Appreciation Event (Dec 2013)
Cedar Riverside Youth Council Meetings
Abdi Warsame Election Night Central (Nov 2013)
Images of Africa: An African Film Series presented by The Film Society of Minneapolis St Paul (Nov 2013)
Ramadan Soccer Tournament Planning Meetings
YWCA Panel On Racism (June 2013)
Cedar Riverside's Got Talent