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Near West Side Partners and BID #10 Host “The Spirit of Wakanda Festival”

Arts festival to celebrate local African and African-inspired art

By - Oct 4th, 2018 10:18 am

MILWAUKEE (October 4, 2018) – With the support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Reasons for Hope Grant, Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP) will host the Spirit of Wakanda Festival, an arts festival celebrating African and African-inspired art and community fellowship on Saturday, October 6 from 1 – 5:00 p.m. at 27th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. In the event of rain, festivities will move indoors to the Mobile Design Box (753 N. 27th Street).

Local African dance and drumming group O.N.F.Y.A.H. (Our Nation For Youth Arts & Healing) will perform during the opening ceremony and throughout the festival. Visual artists including Ken Brown, Nubian Star, Ammar Nsoroma, Sonji Hunt, William Muhammed, Mutope Johnson, Darron Reed, Jeffrey Brown, T. Ruth Shank and Rachael Thompson will display their work.

Additional activities will include an arts and crafts table hosted by A.W.E. and music by Core DJ Sherman. Complimentary food and beverages will be available while supplies last.


Near West Side Partners, Inc. is a non-profit organization with a mission to revitalize and sustain the Near West Side as a thriving business and residential corridor, through collaborative efforts to promote commercial corridor development, improved housing, unified neighborhood identity and branding, and greater safety for residents and businesses.  Near West Side Partners, Inc. is an organization of businesses and civic leaders from throughout the Near West Side, including the organization’s five anchor institutions – Aurora Health Care, Harley-Davidson, Marquette University, MillerCoors and Potawatomi Business Development Corp.

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