Welcoming Week celebration at Powderhorn Park this Friday

Immigrant and refugee affairs

Welcoming Week celebration is this Friday

Welcoming Week Celebration 2018 Oromo Dancers

The City of Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (part of the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department) is hosting a Welcoming Week celebration Friday, Sept. 20 at Powderhorn Park in collaboration with Wellstone International High School and Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County.

Our goal is for families to have fun, celebrate, learn about each other and to create safe and welcoming spaces for residents of the City of Minneapolis, including our immigrant and refugee community members.

The Welcoming Week celebration includes:

  • Free food (first come, first served)
  • Somali Museum of Minnesota dancers
  • Wellstone International School dancers
  • Volleyball and soccer
  • Voter registration
  • Resources from organizations serving immigrants and refugees
  • Noche de Gala Productions with DJ Angel Maldonado providing music throughout the event

La Hora Latina

As part of Latino Heritage Month, the event will also feature an Hora Latina from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with music and dance from many Latino cultures, including:

  • Mi Perú - Minnesota
  • Grupo de Danzas Colombianas
  • Salsa dancing lessons with Rene Thompson

There willl also be several organizations in attendance, including the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights and the Volunteer Lawyers Network, among others. Many City departments will also be represented, including the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Why we celebrate Welcoming Week

People holding cards that read Immigrants are Welcome Here and I'm a Welcomer

Welcoming Week is a national celebration focused on creating meaningful opportunities for community members, whether immigrant, refugee or native-born, to come together, learn from one another and demonstrate that we are stronger when we are a welcoming community.

The City of Minneapolis is a proud member of Welcoming America’s network, a symbol of its commitment toward immigrants, refugees and all residents. ­In 2018, there were more than 2,000 Welcoming Week events across the country.

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Neighborhood and Community Relations at 612-673-3737 or ncr@minneapolismn.gov. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia en español, llame al 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.