Minneapolis is a Welcoming City
Minneapolis recently joined Welcoming America, a network of cities and counties that foster an inclusive community and believe that, when everyone feels like they belong, communities prosper. Welcoming Cities believe that all people, including immigrants, are valuable contributors to society, vital to the success of our communities and to our shared future.
Welcoming Week is a national celebration where participating cities and counties schedule events recognizing the contributions and importance of immigrants to our communities. Get-togethers, readings, potlucks and sporting events are some ways that municipalities choose to celebrate and show welcome to our immigrant and refugee community members.
Welcoming Week Minneapolis
Welcoming Week is an opportunity to show our support for immigrant and refugee communities, and to demonstrate that Minneapolis is a Welcoming City.
Past performances included:
- Spoken word from Ifrah Mansour, Lula Saleh and Bryan Thao Worra
- Performance artist La Curandera (Xochi de la Luna)
- Dancers from Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, part of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.
- Dancers from the Somali Museum of Minnesota.
- Traditional Thai Manorah dance, in collaboration with Asian Media Access.
- Ribbon dance, in collaboration with Asian Media Access.
- Thai Drum Dance both in collaboration with Asian Media Access.
- Guzheng musical performance by Jarrelle Barton.
- The Wellstone Dance Crew.
The participatory art installation "Carry-on Homes," a cornerstone participant in the event, was the winner of the 2018 Creative City Challenge. “Carry-on Homes” is a multi-functional pavilion that explores the stories of immigrants in Minnesota. It is also a place where individuals come together to explore the concept of home through public events and performances. The Creative City Challenge is a Program of the Office Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, presented in collaboration with Northern Lights and The Commons.
Last updated Nov 7, 2018