Seward Arts & Culture

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


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.

Open Streets MPLS Franklin

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!