Roots of Rondo: Black Artists Rising

Black artists from Rondo - of any level, experience or discipline—from singing in church choir to exhibiting in museums internationally--were invited to take a free professional development training on placemaking and collaboration and then use their creative talents to have an impact in their
neighborhoods and communities. After completing the training, 41 artists applied for modest collaborativeproject support of $1000-$3000. 
21 projects were selected by a community panel and will take place in Rondo in the summer of 2016.

Projects will highlight Rondo places, people, and relationships in unexpected and engaging ways, such as pop-up performances and site-specific installations.

Roots of Rondo artists!
Roots of Rondo artists!

What is the Rondo Community?

Rondo is both a physical geography and a living legacy. Rondo is generally seen as the area between University and Summit Avenues, from Lexington Avenue tapering down to Marion Street that has historically served as the center of Black culture, commerce and community in Saint Paul. Rondo also includes sites beyond those boundaries and into downtown Saint Paul where the spirit of Rondo individuals and families have a presence.

 Other questions?
Contact: Brittany Lynch, Artist Organizer, Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Center at
Jun-Li Wang, Artist Community Organizer, Springboard for the Arts at, 651-789-2084

Roots of Rondo is a project of Springboard for the Arts

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In collaboration with:
ARTS-Us, Aurora-Saint Anthony Neighborhood Development Center, Hallie Q. Community Center, Model Cities, Rondo Ave. Inc (Rondo Days), Saint Paul Almanac, Selby Ave Action CoalitionSoul Touch Productions, Walker West Music Academy and others.

Thanks to our Funders:

Bigelow Foundation

Knight Foundation