Does your community also love fairs and festivals and celebrating your creativity?
Well, here’s a local model for you! Some go-getters in Huntington have created an event series called BAM, which takes over properties like these and puts on a block party – featuring music, arts, and pop-up retailers – to reenvision what underutilized blocks could actually look like.
(And want to know what BAM stands for? Nothing – it isn’t an acronym! Think BAM! as in KAPOW! Like the old Batman show…)
What better way than a two day party to showcase some of the best things Huntington has to offer!
#WeBAM is a community event organized by Create Huntington (the folks behind Create VEGington, Create LOVEington, and Chat N Chew).
It’s a huge few days in Huntington, and the perfect moment to visit this rebounding city and learn from the recent successes it has had.
#WeBAM kicks off on Thursday with a Chat n Chew, a weekly community conversation facilitated by Create Huntington every Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Frederick Building.
The focus of this Chat n Chew is “Filling up Vacant Storefronts” – a conversation about how to encourage redevelopment of empty downtown buildings.
Centered around the 311 9th Street Pop-up Headquarters for the Create Huntington #WeBAM, local community leaders, entrepreneurs and community development champions will be brainstorming around the idea “I wish this was _______.” And how do we get there?”
#WeBam celebrates the revealing of Create Huntington’s impact study results and its strategic planning project that has been underway since September 2016.
On Friday internationally renowned community development, citizen engagement, and social capital expert, Dr. Cornelia Flora, will be keynote speaker. Dr. Flora is an Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa and her research was the basis for Huntington’s new strategic plan.
Also on Friday, one of Huntington’s most beautiful, but underused, properties transforms into #WeBAM HQ, full of pop-up businesses, music, engagement and other activities from 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday brings food trucks, live art and vendors organized by Huntington Culture Storm , kids activities, yard games, a pop-up park, little free library book drop off, and eight pop-up businesses.
311 9th Street (and the adjoining alleyway)
Friday, June 9, 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 12 – 9 p.m.
FREE FREE FREE
On the Saturday @ 311 9th Street:
12 – 2:30: Community Engagement Shark Tank
2:30 – 4: Appalachia – Visible Reading Series
4 – 6: Live music and Music Gear Exchange presented by Honky Tonk Heroes
6 – 9: Live Music from Jacey Fuller, UV Jazz Quartet, Thyrd Wyrld, and Cumberland Rock
#WeBam is sponsored by gracious funding and support from: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, The City of Huntington, Marshall University, and The City of Huntington Foundation.