Omaha NeighborFest 2018: Activating People, Places and Spaces

Spaces (Movement)

3:30-4pm Tour de Garden

The North 24th Street Corridor has experienced a boom in community gardens over the last few years. This bike tour will visit three nearby gardens, the Union for Contemporary Art’s Abundance Garden, Sustainable Spaces Pocket Park, and the Global Leadership Group’s Abundance Garden. This will be a shorter ride on neighborhood streets. Bikes from Heartland B-Cycle will be provided. Hosted by Lasha Goodwin of the Global Leadership Group and Goodwin’s Barbershop.

4:30-5:30 Lowland Excursion Bike Tour

The Atlanta Beltline, New Orleans’ Greenway, but what about Omaha? Other cities have found that multimodal corridors can provide transportation options, recreation space, access to nature, economic development, and improve quality of life. This bicycle tour will explore the bicycle friendly topography of North Omaha and trace the route of a potential bicycle and pedestrian trail that is being explored by the City of Omaha Neighborhood planning division and the National Parks Service. The tour will be a modest 30 minute ride and the route will consist of neighborhood streets, hidden pathways, and bridges along Highway 75. Regular cycling experience is recommended. Bikes from Heartland B-Cycle will be provided. Manne Charles from The Study will be hosting.

5:30-6pm Tour de Garden

The North 24th Street Corridor has experienced a boom in community gardens over the last few years. This bike tour will visit three nearby gardens, the Union for Contemporary Art’s Abundance Garden, Sustainable Spaces Pocket Park, and the Global Leadership Group’s Abundance Garden. This will be a shorter ride on neighborhood streets. Bikes from Heartland B-Cycle will be provided. Hosted by Lasha Goodwin of the Global Leadership Group and Goodwin’s Barbershop.

6:30-7:30 Lowland Excursion Bike Tour

The Atlanta Beltline, New Orleans’ Greenway, but what about Omaha? Other cities have found that multimodal corridors can provide transportation options, recreation space, access to nature, economic development, and improve quality of life. This bicycle tour will explore the bicycle friendly topography of North Omaha and trace the route of a potential bicycle and pedestrian trail that is being explored by the City of Omaha Neighborhood planning division and the National Parks Service. The tour will be a modest 30 minute ride and the route will consist of neighborhood streets, hidden pathways, and bridges along Highway 75. Regular cycling experience is recommended. Bikes from Heartland B-Cycle will be provided. Manne Charles from The Study will be hosting.

Places

2-4pm Storytelling at Carver Bank

Your voices and stories are needed to help preserve the rich history of the North 24th Street corridor during NeighborFest on September 2nd. As the Carver Bank, 2416 Lake Street, we will make video and audio recordings of what you remember about growing up along the North 24th Street corridor. All recordings from this workshop will be donated to the Great Plains Black History Museum archives and used in a future public presentation. This event is presented in partnership with the City of Omaha Neighborhood Planning Division, Great Plains Black History Museum, Making Invisible Histories Visible, North 24th Street Corridor Alliance, ONE Omaha, The Raleigh Science Project, and UNL History Harvest.

12-2pm – Private recording sessions by appointment.

2-4pm – Open to the public for live storytelling, free food, and recording sessions.

2:30-3:30pm and 6:15-7:15pm Streets as Places Workshop

Streets are a place for people, yet the way some are arranged, they don’t always feel like it. Car-centric design can make spaces less walkable and comfortable. In this workshop we will tour the entirety of NeighborFest, observe how the streets are utilized, and discuss what qualities make for ideal places. Attendees will leave with an overview of the festival and useful tips for making their neighborhood streets a place to be. This session will be led by Dawaune Lamont Hayes.

3:30-4:30pm How to Start a Neighborhood Association

Neighborhood associations form for all kinds of reasons. They have started to advocate around development concerns, in response to ongoing safety issues, to create new community programs, or just to find ways to make their neighborhoods better. This workshop will help you identify the initial steps you need to take to develop a team of neighbors and create a better quality of life in your neighborhood.

5-6pm The Duece North 24th & Lake Street Walking Tour

Jewish settlers began to populate the area in the 1890’s, calling the stretch between Cumming and Lake the “Miracle Mile.” For African Americans who called North Omaha home in the early 20th century, it was known as the “Street of Dreams.” 24th and Lake emerged as a bustling district of theaters, restaurants, retail shops and music clubs like the Dreamland Ballroom, McGill’s Blue Room, and Allen’s Showcase. Tour goers can explore the rich history of this street, a current arts vibe, and experience new development happening today. Restoration Exchange is proud to recognize this important historic commercial district. This walking tour will be led by Vince Furlong and Alijia Ali.

People

2-9pm Pop-up Arcade

Sometimes building community is just about having fun. With this in mind, The Study will be hosting a pop-up arcade and game night. Everyone is invited to play board games, card games, and of course video games.

2-3:30pm Block Connectors

While neighborhood associations can be effective structures in bringing a neighborhood together, most of our neighbors will never attend an association event or meeting. Block Connecting is an asset-based strategy for reaching out and connecting our neighbors beyond the neighborhood association level. Attendees of this workshop will leave with the practical tools they need to effectively do Block Connecting within their own neighborhood. This session will be led by Christian Gray from inCommon Community Development.

2-5pm Community Art Project

“Who are you?” is an interactive community art project that will come to fruition at NeighborFest. Participants will write or draw with paint markers, on a large scale wooden box what first comes to mind when you think of your neighborhood, as well as a response to the question “Who are you?”

The purpose of NeighborFest is activating people, place and things. This project is aligned with those values as it explores different perceptions of local neighborhoods all throughout Omaha, asking them to share their opinions of where they live while describing their identity, because identity can greatly impact someone’s reality. This could spark about change for people who may not have the best experience within the area they live in, as well as showcase the positive aspects of places people live, depending on the way a participants decides to answer.

This community art project will be curated by Alajia Mckizia.

2:30-4pm “Writing your story” Verse Inc. Workshop

Telling your story in poetry can be complicated. You must know your voice, pick the topic that best tells the story, use poetic language and paint a picture in words. Today, we want you to have fun painting that picture of ‘neighborhood.’ What does that idea mean to you? It will be a poem that comes from your soul because everyone belongs to a neighborhood. It will be a poem that evokes the most emotion from you. It can be a joyous or questioning, tragic or hopeful, mundane or cosmically explosive. What is ‘neighborhood’? Come share your vision, your energy and let’s discover something awesome. The session will be led by Michelle Troxclair of Verse Inc. with the help of some poets from the neighborhood.

3-6pm Out of the box – Designing the Best Neighborhood Ever!

Out of the Box is an interactive workshop that will allow participants to create a fun, safe and friendly neighborhood. They get to decide what it should include, how it could built and who will help make it happen. Using paint, markers, cardboard boxes and other craft supplies participants of all ages will build, design, and activate people, places, and spaces. Come on! Let’s make it happen.

4:30-6pm Listening Project

The most powerful way to identify the assets of our community is simply through sitting down with our neighbors and listening. The Listening Project is an asset-based exercise that helps identify resident and neighborhood gifts, local leadership, and promising ideas for making their community even better. Workshop attendees will leave with the practical tools they need to effectively conduct listening sessions within their own neighborhood. This session will be led by Christian Gray from inCommon Community Development.

Omaha’s 136+ active neighborhood associations need more opportunities for engagement, learning, and inspiration. Building on momentum from Neighborhoods, USA 2017, Omaha NeighborFest is a community-driven event aimed to build neighborhood association leaders’ capacity, increase community-based volunteerism, and strengthen grassroots community development initiatives in all Omaha neighborhoods. Our focus area for 2018 is the North 24th Street Corridor. What to expect:

ON STAGE
Black Votes Matter Concert for Change
Curated by local musician and activist Roger Lewis (The Good Life, Benson Soul Society, Tyrone Storm, Oquoa, Dirt House), the Black Votes Matter Concert for Change unites musicians and music fans in the call to get out the vote for change. Live Music sets the tone for a celebration and recruit attendees that do no not typically participate in neighborhood associations and community-based programming. Featuring musical performances by:

DOLORES DIAZ AND THE STANDBY CLUB

Mesonjixx

BXTH

Dana Murray

The Dilla Kids

Umoja Choir

ToonZ Squad

Tukka (Smoov Yung Brutha)

Get Out The Vote Speakers
Get Out The Vote will be on site to create more awareness of upcoming election dates and register more citizens to vote.

Project Pitches
Attendees will be invited to speak to the audience about their goals for a community-based project and become eligible to apply for a mini-grant through ONE Omaha.

IN THE STREETS
Workshops + Pop-Up Demonstrations
Workshops and pop-up demos focusing on skills, action steps, and resources to support community endeavors will be held at the fest as a way to provide capacity building opportunities for neighborhood leaders and provide interactive how-to’s on neighborhood projects. Workshops such as:

  • Applying for Grants: A Neighborhood Perspective
  • Designing Cities for Kids – Out of the Box
  • Future Urban Tail? – Bike Tour
  • How to Start a Neighborhood Association
  • Oral History of Omaha
  • Streets as Places Workshop

Vendor booths
Vendors will be on-site at the fest to connect city and nonprofit resources with neighborhood leaders and community advocates. Vendors such as:

  • Big Muddy Urban Farms
  • CUES School System/CUES Fund
  • Felius Cat Cafe
  • Hillside Solutions
  • inCommon
  • MOTA
  • Noa Bride
  • Omaha DSA
  • Omaha Public Library
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • The Big Garden
  • Woodland Tonics
  • Wunderland Creations

For questions or more information contact: info@oneomaha.org