Minneapolis hosts Welcoming Week, Sept. 15 - 24
The City of Minneapolis will take part in “Welcoming Week” Sept. 15-24 — a nationwide initiative designed to bring together immigrants, refugees and native-born residents.
The City is hosting two community events to foster dialogue and understanding about Minneapolis’ rich diversity and to stand up for immigrants and refugees in our community:
- 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S. The event will feature a panel discussion, information from community organizations and several interactive activities, including storytelling and a chance to share thoughts on what makes a welcoming city.
- 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S. The event will focus on youth experience of immigration, including a panel discussion and artwork. (In case of rain, the event will be held nearby at Wellstone International School, 3328 Elliot Ave. S.)
The City recently joined Welcoming America’s network of Welcoming Cities and Counties, recognizing its commitment to inclusiveness toward immigrants and all its residents. Nearly 100 local governments across the country belong to the network launched by Decatur, Georgia-based Welcoming American, a nonprofit founded in 2009. In 2016, there were nearly 400 events in 150 communities for Welcoming Week.
The City will also launch its #WeAreMpls campaign during Welcoming Week, which will highlight compelling stories and photos of newcomers and long-time Minneapolis residents.
For more information about Welcoming Week, go to minneapolismn.gov/WeAreMpls.
Published Sep 18, 2017