We are thrilled to announce MSP Welcome Week!
The inaugural MSP Welcome Week is a weeklong celebration to welcome our newest neighbors to the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. It is designed to be a rallying cry for people and organizations to join together to:
- Help newcomers make meaningful connections in their new hometown
- Recognize and celebrate welcoming behavior throughout the region
- Inspire others to take an action by welcoming a new neighbor, co-worker, or fellow resident MSP
People and organizations throughout MSP have long welcomed their new neighbors. Two years ago, following the launch of Make It. MSP., organizations came together across sectors to launch the MSP Hello project in order to more intentionally welcome newcomers. Their joint work was informed by interviews and surveys of more than 800 newcomers who described satisfaction with the region’s amenities but challenges making connections.
Since 2016, Make It. MSP. has hosted dozens of MSP Hello events throughout the region with partners including Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota United FC, Break the Bubble, MN Community, Our Streets Minneapolis, Science Museum of Minnesota, City of Woodbury, Discover St Louis Park, Visit Saint Paul, Northern Lights.MN, Minnesota Timberwolves, Bartmann Group, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Impact Hub MSP, Mississippi Park Connection, REI, YWCA, and many, many more.
In order to accelerate impact and reach more newcomers, Make It. MSP. partners decided to launch MSP Welcome Week, inspired in part by the concepts implemented by colleges and universities to welcome a new class of students. In this case, however, partners are working to find newcomers and build a shared platform to connect.
Join us in supporting MSP Welcome Week by:
- Attending an event or meet up
- Proposing your own meet up
- Welcoming someone new to town using the hashtag #MSPwelcome
- Supporting our partners
MSP Welcome Week is presented in partnership with the All Are Welcome Here campaign. MSP Welcome Week will take place September 23-29, 2018 in locations throughout the Greater MSP region. For more information, including events and ways to support the week, visit makeitmsp.org/msp-welcome-week.