Selecting the future name of the former Wells Fargo Site at 3030 Nicollet Avenue
Wednesdays: August 17, 24, 31
Blaisdell YMCA, 3335 Blaisdell Avenue
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What is in a NAME? Naming is itself a form of power. The “NAMED” is bounded or exalted, defined, or confined within limits, a name may mark an exclusive circle or excluded fringe. A name may be a prerequisite, not only for the social position but also for social action, political solidarity, or meaning to a communities’ future. Our goal is to put this power in the hands of the community and select a name that carries the intention of social justice and cultural solidarity and a vital future that increases access to opportunity.
Please join us beginning at 6:00 pm for a community meal and community cultural presentations and activities to share the rituals and intentions of naming in the cultural communities that call Lake Street home. We will begin with an artistic and creative expression as opening and then followed by an interactive presentation on naming. Guest leaders include Pangea, Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue, Somali Museum, Tiyumba African Dance, Duniya Drum and Dance, and Migizi.
After four weeks of Wednesday events, we will collaborate as youth and elders to offer a series of names for the community to select from. We will make the announcement in mid-September. This event is hosted by The Cultural Wellness Center and Project for Pride In Living.