Rondo Neighborhood (Lexington Pkwy)
Historic #Rondo Neighborhood, served in part by the Lexington Avenue light-rail stop, is part of the Summit/University area of Saint Paul. Home to a large and thriving African-American community of homeowners, business leaders, and culture-makers that centered around Rondo Avenue in the 1930s, the neighborhood was largely destroyed by construction of I-94 in the 1960s. Today the spirit of Rondo is carried forward through the Rondo Arts, Cultural, & Business Heritage District (RACBHD), Roots of Rondo Black Artists Rising and Black Excellence programs, Rondo Days and Selby Jazz Festival celebrations, the Rondo Commemorative Plaza opening in July 2017, and the creation of the first St. Paul African American Historical Cultural Context Study.
Northern Spark art projects in Rondo will engage the rich history of Black creativity in the neighborhood and make connections to climate justice through a variety of art forms. Northern Spark’s neighborhood partner is Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Community Development Corporation, with participation from High School for Recording Arts.
Northern Spark takes place on June 10th, 2017. From sunset to sunrise, artist-led and community-driven projects will flourish in neighborhoods along the Metro Transit Green Line.