Welcoming Week

The city of Minneapolis held its second annual Welcoming Week Celebration on, Friday, September 21, 2018 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at The Commons park area outside of the Vikings stadium.T he event featured music, dance, spoken word, interactive art, soccer, voter registration, food trucks and more. A video montage of the event can be found here.  Welcoming Week is an opportunity to show our support for immigrant and refugee communities, and to demonstrate that Minneapolis is a Welcoming City.

Performances included:

Among many others.

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.

Welcoming Week

I'm a welcomer Welcoming Week 2018 sign

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.

Read more about Welcoming Week on the Welcoming America website: WelcomingAmerica.org

Get involved


The Commons
425 Portland Ave. S.
Downtown Minneapolis
(Near US Bank Stadium, a.k.a. the Vikings stadium)

Wall of Immigration and Refugee Stories in 2018 Carry-on Homes Exhibit at The Commons

Pictured: Wall of journeys,
part of Carry-on Homes exhibit of immigrant and refugee stories.
Photo courtesy of Carry-on Homes.



Contact the Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Michelle Rivero, at 612-673-3737 or via email to [email protected].


Last updated Sep 26, 2018