Omaha NeighborFest 2018: Activating People, Places and Spaces


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