Seward Arts & Culture

Arts & Cultural Activities in the Seward Neighborhood — Minneapolis, Minnesota


Open Streets Franklin : July 22nd deadline to register

Greetings, Seward! Deb Ervin here, your friendly neighborhood Open Streets coordinator. Our event happens Sunday, August 21 and this is a reminder that the deadline to register is a week away (Friday, July 22). If you’re planning on participating, don’t delay!

If you have questions / comments / resources to share, please email me! (Deborah [at] articulture [dot] org)


Updates and things that you can help with – – –

Artists. We’d love to involve more artists this year! They can register for free. Please pass on the invitation to participate, or forward contacts to follow up with.
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Seating + Shade. There is never enough of these. All businesses are invited to set out tents and chairs. You can get creative, too. In 2014, Bedlam Theatre set up a pop up living room outside Hope Community – complete with arm chairs, a couch, and a coffee table and it was a huge hit!

Elders and transport options. We’d love to help our elders engage with the event better. More seating options will help. But it would be GREAT to have options for helping them traverse Franklin. Would you like to sponsor a pedi-cab just for elders? Do you have another idea or connection that could speak to this need?

East African community members. Scot from Capitol Café – who is in the news every other week – has been a fantastic organizer this year, engaging our Somali and Ethiopian businesses. He’s been encouraging everyone to attend in traditional, cultural attire. We’ll have the Somali Museum youth dancers near Triangle Park. We’ll likely have street soccer outside the park, a henna artist, dancers at Rebecca’s Café, and more. Do you have a connection that we should follow up with – a musician, dancer, cultural programmer, or artist?

Nodes. Four themed “nodes” will be highlighted in a handout guide the day of the event: environment, wellness, art, and kids. The locations will be determined at the end of the month, but we’re starting to consider areas – – – environmental sustainability around Portland, wellness possibly on the eastern end, kids zones by Triangle and Peavey Parks, and an arts zone stretching from Cedar to 11th Ave. If you have an opinion about locations – or would like to be placed in one – please share it!

Bingo. Businesses have made it known they’d like to promote specific event times. To meet this need, we’re considering using a Bingo card to promote things that are time sensitive (ie, yoga at Noon and 3pm). If you’d like to be on the card, email Jim Welna (jimace817 [at] aol [dot] com).


Energy Builds for Open Streets Franklin on August 21st

Photo by Star Tribune

Photo by Star Tribune at Rebecca’s Bakery and Cafe

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 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.


Open Streets Franklin is Sunday, August 21st!

Open Streets Franklin is happening again this year! Save the date: Sunday, August 21st from 11am – 5pm.

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Businesses that would like to participate with presence on the street can sign up here. The deadline to apply is July 22nd.

New this year!: The Seward Civic and Commerce Association has mini grants available to encourage new businesses to participate, and to support even bigger programming efforts for those who have participated in the past. (Think $50-$200 range).

ALSO. We’re really excited to involve more artists, more East African neighbors and business owners, and more businesses from the greater area of Seward not directly on Franklin Ave. There will be plenty of room for everyone, we promise!

Reach out to Deb Ervin at if you have interest, questions, or an ideas about any of the above. If you’d like to help with outreach and planning, send her a note about that, too! The more the merrier.

Open Streets events rely heavily on volunteer support. Folks who would like to get involved that way can sign up here.

Everyone else – – save the date and we’ll see you in the street on August 21st!