Randy Furst and Faiza Mahamud from the Star Tribune came out last month to see how Seward’s side of Open Streets Franklin event is preparing this year. Read their article here.
Burhan “Scot Isqoox” Elmi – Scot – has been a wonderful addition to the coordination efforts. He’s getting the word out and inviting Ethiopian and Somali residents and business owners to dress up in traditional, cultural attire. He’s also bridged a connection to the Somali Museum, who will have a music stage with dancers by Triangle Park, and to Coach Ahmed Ismail from the West Bank Athletic Club, who will be organizing a soccer game on Franklin, also in front of Triangle Park.
Open Streets Franklin will happen on Sunday, August 21st from 11am – 5pm.
The deadline for businesses and artists to sign up is July 22nd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or go straight to the Open Streets website to register. Artists can join for free; any business in Seward can get a spot on the street.