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In Common Sing-Along & Block Party
July 13 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pmFREE
A community gathering to celebrate one another and the completion of the (American Composers Forum) “In Common Willmar” song and poetry project, created by the community over the past year. We’ll have free food, music, and many activities including a sing-along of the new songs, led by Composer in Residence Kashimana Ahua and local musicians. Read this week’s profile of the project in the West Central Tribune.
There will also be lawn games, chalk to create art inspired by the lyrics from the song book, drumming, and poetry readings. The schedule will be announced soon. Download your free copy of the In Common Willmar songbook here.
Led by composer/performer Kashimana Ahua, In Common – Willmar was a yearlong collaborative artist residency (August 2018 – July 2019) that invited the community to explore and celebrate its unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new songs and poems. Hundreds of people – including children and adults, civic leaders, faith congregations, service organizations, musicians, and artists – came together in new ways to meet as neighbors and to write and sing songs together. No musical or writing experience was required to participate; all were welcome to be part of the activities. This project was coordinated by the American Composers Forum with funds from Otto Bremer Trust.
This activity is part of Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Willmar Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation.