Southeast’s Holland School Partners on Northside Community Day


EVT-SummerArtThe Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University has partnered with St. James AME Church to offer a Northside Community Day on June 5.

The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Washington Park and St. James AME Church, 516 N. Street in Cape Girardeau. People of all ages from the community nearby are invited to enjoy free food, music, kickball, bingo, an Alzheimer’s information booth and graffiti art at the skate park.

The goal is to provide an opportunity for people living within the borders of Bertling Street, Sprigg Street, Broadway and 177 to meet community leaders including city police, University staff, religious leaders and more.

Rhonda Weller-Stilson, associate dean and director of the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, said, “This is an excellent opportunity for the River Campus to meet new community members and to share our passion of art with them. We look forward to talking to kids and families about the upcoming River Campus Summer Arts Festival, other year-long events and answer their questions. Many members of our community are unaware of the free activities we present throughout the year.”

The River Campus is sponsoring the graffiti art event at the skate park. Partnering with  the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and St. James AME Church on the Community Day are City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

“Because of the variety of partnerships, there will be a sharing of services offered in this community,” Weller-Stilson said. “It is also our chance to hear from the community and find out what else they would like to see. It is a great way to establish new relationships.”