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 arts events throughout the West Bank and free admission to special performances merging Mixed Blood performers with community artists, training an acting company of young adult East Africans, and creating and producing a play by, about, for, and with the residents of the 55454 zip code.
Welcoming Spaces Mixed Blood provides free space and technical support for neighborhood-focused events bringing the community together. 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. 4000 people live on Mixed Blood's block, hailing from 63 countries and speaking 92 languages. Mixed Blood's venue is a point of assembly for its neighbors, available without charge for meetings, performances, or gatherings of any kind organized by residents and business owners within 55454.
To request the 200-seat auditorium, 40-person rehearsal room, or small meeting space, contact Raúl Ramos (Neighborhood Engagement Manager) at