Celebrate Our New Look May 12

Walker|West Celebrates 30th Anniversary and Exterior Redesign

Walker|West will celebrate the completion of its exterior redesign project from noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 12  at 760 Selby Avenue, St. Paul. The event kicks off a year-long celebration of Walker|West’s 30th anniversary.

Mayor Melvin Carter and his Communications Director Peter Leggett will attend. Before joining the Mayor’s office, Leggett was Walker|West’s Executive Director. Selby Avenue will be closed to traffic so the public can view the new facade and listen to students and faculty perform.

“The renovation identifies Walker|West as a place of professionalism and artistic expression. We hope it becomes a point of pride within our community,” said Duane Ramseur, Interim Executive Director of Walker|West.

Artist Ta-coumba Aiken and Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. designed the renovation. Welsh Construction built it. The project was made possible through the generous contributions of:

  • Mardag Foundation
  • Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
  • Knight Foundation
  • 3M
  • Pohlad Family Foundation
  • Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
  • Saint Paul Star Program
  • R. Bigelow Foundation
  • The Ruth A. & Raymond A. Reister Charitable Trust
  • The Boss Foundation
  • The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts
  • Members of the Walker West community

Engaging Our Community, Investing in Our Neighborhood

Walker|West board members, staff, faculty, students, parents and neighbors all provided input early in the design process. The goal of the project was to create a visual statement that would:

  • Reflect the quality of artistic activity occurring inside the building
  • Represent Walker|West’s role in the neighborhood and the Twin Cities music community
  • Transform a part of Selby Ave. that has lagged behind others in investment and development

Growing Through Music Since 1988

A concert celebrating Walker|West’s 30th anniversary will take place Sunday, September 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul. Yolande Bruce and Walker|West students and faculty will be featured performers.

Rev. Carl Walker and Grant West founded Walker|West in 1988. The organization creates a music learning community rooted in the African American cultural experience where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather, explore and grow through music.