The NEA Our Town award of $100,000 will support WEQY East Side Radio, program of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council (DBCC) and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center, a community partner of DBCC to create an arts and cultural addendum to the comprehensive plan for the city of St. Paul. The work will be accomplished through a network of partner artists, residents and organizations living and working in the lower East Side community.

A press conference, site tour and public arts demonstration will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center – 788 7th Street, Saint Paul. The Lower East Side neighborhoods of Dayton’s Bluff, Railroad-Island and Payne-Phalen have maintained a strong, working family identity. Over the past 30 years, the Lower East Side has seen a dramatic demographic shift to become one of Saint Paul’s most diverse areas.

City approved neighborhood plans currently in place are comprehensive in housing, business development, new construction, preservation, greening, corridors, nodes and social vitality, but do not specifically name an arts & culture strategy.

This Our Town Cultural Planning project will harness current momentum to add a strong Art and Cultural Strategy to existing plans and build a new unifying theme to connect and amplify the important work of cultural communities through the arts.

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council​ strives to connect our residents to their community at large; to their neighbors, parks, restaurants, organizations, councils, businesses, schools, everything this historic neighborhood has to offer. Stroll along East 7th Street and experience an amazing variety of restaurants, services, beautiful old buildings, new development, schools, emerging creative spaces and parks. DBCC is dedicated to creating a community of equity where all who work, play, shop, eat, study, and live here can thrive.

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WEQY 104.7 LPFM: East Side Community Radio​ envisions a socially, economically and politically powerful East Side by capitalizing on its rich immigrant history and diverse communities. WEQY grew out of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council long history of creative engagement and an emerging desire of the East Sides teens and young adults for a creative platform that combines music, conversation, community action, and scene-making events. For more information, visit

Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center​: a collective of cultural community groups, artists and arts organizations dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities of color through cultural arts and activism. This community based multidisciplinary, multigenerational, multicultural center for Native-Indigenous/POC communities in Saint Paul, uniquely presents the many faces and creative expressions blossoming in the cultural scene of Dayton’s Bluff on the East Side. The Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center follows a similar model of the East Side Enterprise Center created by Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. For more information, visit

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit,