ABOUT

Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is a  501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charity; donations are tax deductible.

Mission
The mission of Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is to enhance cultural understanding and economic development between the City of Tours and the City of Minneapolis through active community building.

Building Community
Specifically, over the next five years, Minneapolis and Tours will focus its resources and attention on opportunities and projects that promote local and global sustainability. Minneapolis and Tours will plan and foster activities that address the current economic, social, and cultural needs of our city, while preserving the environment for future generations.

Minneapolis-Tours Timeline

1991
Visit of Tours by a delegation from Minneapolis to sign relationship agreement and become acquainted with the commercial, educational and cultural dimensions of Tours. Tours participates in Eurotech! Conference in Minneapolis.

1992
Elected officials from Tours visit Minneapolis. Touraine artists photo exhibit on display in Minneapolis.

1993
Tours participates in second Eurotech! Conference.

1994
Summer Exchange: French youth visit Minneapolis. Minneapolis Public Library hosts intern from Tours.

1995
Summer Exchange: Tours welcomes Minneapolis youth. The Blake School welcomes first group from Lycée Descartes. A presentation is given on municipal election at the Alliance Française.

1996
The Blake School sends students to Lycée Descartes. Two business owners from Tours visit textile trade show.

1997
The Blake School receives second group from Lycée Descartes. Mallet Workshop, a youth percussion group from Tours, performs with Rimshots! (MacPhail Center) in the Twin Cities. Cache-Cache jazz ensemble performs at U. of St. Thomas.

1998
The Rimshots! are welcomed in Tours.

1999
Bruce Henry in concert in Tours.

2001
Plymouth Music Series Ensemble Singers perform in Tours.

2003
Organ Recital performed by Olivier Vernet at Central Lutheran Church.

2004
Delegation visits Minneapolis for premier performance of Rose Ensemble’s St. Martin Concert Program.

2005
Rose Ensemble performs St. Martin recital in Tours.

2007
Students from Patrick Henry High School visit Tours.

2008
Delegation from Tours is welcomed for Sesquicentennial. Rose Ensemble returns to Tours for Early Music Festival. Lycée Saint-Grégoire exchange with Wayzata High School.

2009
Return of Mallet Workshop.

2010
Wayzata high school students welcomed by high school in Tours

2011
Minneapolis visit of deputy mayors Alain Goudeau & Colette Girard and Director of International Relations Marie-Bernard Amirault-Deiss

October 2011
Visit by Mayor RT Rybak and Minneapolis City Council Vice-President to Tours. Others in the delegation included the mayor’s wife, Megan O’Hara, Meet Minneapolis President, Melvin Tennant as well as Minneapolis and Tours Sister City board members.

2012
Tours visit by  Bill Deef, International Relations vice President of Meet Minneapolis; Simin Hickman, Minneapolis-Tours Minneapolis;Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson; Sarah Johnson, Minneapolis-Tours blogger and volunteer; Tania Jones, Minneapolis-Tours Website content manager and blogger; and Michael Rainville, Marketing Manager of Meet Minneapolis.

2013
Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities supports soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu on a two week tour of Tours.

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