Lynch Street Cultural Arts Festival
The annual Lynch Street Cultural Arts Banquet and Festival is the major fundraiser for West Jackson Community Development Corporation. It was started in 1992 to celebrate the rich history and tradition of Lynch Street as a major center for business and industry in the early 1900’s. Each year hundreds of festival goers participate in the two day event which begins with a cabaret style banquet on the last Friday in April and culminates with a free outdoor festival the next day. The headline act is a nationally renowned R&B artist, as well as local entertainers, a children’s village, and a health fair. Major sponsors of this event include: Alltel; MS Arts Commission; Entergy; The Clarion Ledger, The Palisades; Boyles Moak Brickell & Marchetti; Wachovia Bank; The Clarion Hotel; Schwartz & Associates, PA; Partnership For A Healthy Greater Jackson; Bank Plus; AmSouth Bank; Regions Bank; and Trustmark Bank.
Annual Meeting and Community Rally
Each December, West Jackson CDC hosts the Annual Meeting and Community Rally. The theme of this event is “Rallying the West”. It is a community event to inform residents about the activities, progress, and vision for the future. Special guests for this event include: the president of Jackson State University, representatives from state and municipal entities, representatives from funding agencies, sponsors, volunteers, community partners and residents, and staff.
Community Garden Project
West Jackson CDC sponsors a community garden where vegetables are seeded and harvested. The youths in the Summer and After School and Youthbuild Programs tend the garden. The produce from the garden is donated to elderly residents in the west Jackson community.
Make a Difference Day
West Jackson CDC observes the national day of service, Make A Difference Day, each October by sponsoring a community service project to benefit the west Jackson community. Some of the projects West Jackson CDC has sponsored were: feeding the elderly in the community, harvesting the community garden and giving the vegetables to the residents, and painting and repairing the Lizzie Cooper Community Center.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clean-Up Day
Each January, West Jackson CDC commemorates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day with a community wide clean-up. West Jackson CDC rallies staff members, AmeriCorps volunteers, community residents and volunteers and through a collaborative effort they beautify west Jackson. This effort results in the cleaning of streets and parks and the planting of flowers and shrubbery throughout the neighborhoods in the area.