This July, two events will take place near the stunning Mississippi River!
Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is turning 25 this year – help us celebrate with two great events!
Sister Cities Day, an event highlighting our city’s global connections, will be held this year on Sunday, July 17 from 1-5 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. This free family friendly afternoon includes refreshments, live entertainment and the opportunity to learn more about our city’s twelve sister cities. This year, Tours will be highlighted to celebrate a quarter century of friendship with our French sister city. Learn more on the Meet Minneapolis website. You can also help us promote the event by downloading our Sister Cities Day Flyer.
On Tuesday, July 19, we invite you to join a delegation from Tours, France including Mayor Serge Babary and Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson as we celebrate our 25th anniversary as sister cities. The reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Pillsbury A Mill Artist Lofts and include hors d’oeuvres, music and, of course, wine! Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be purchased on our Event Brite page. This is an event which will benefit Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities, a nonprofit organization.
Thank you for your support over the past 25 years – hope you can join us to celebrate!
Clara with Mark (right) and François Le Roux (center), artistic director of the Académie Francis Poulenc
Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is proud to support the work of Mark Bilyeu and Clara Osowski, two Minneapolis artists who are returning to our French sister city this spring to participate in the 20th anniversary celebration for the Académie Francis Poulenc. Read more about their journey on our blog.
Tours City Hall captures the spirit of the season
We invite you to join us and get involved in the many interesting and fun projects we have planned for 2016 to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the sister cities of Minneapolis and Tours (France). We are especially excited about the upcoming “Year of America” in Tours, planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Americans in World War I in 1917.
We will be planning cultural exchanges and events (music, film, theater, painting, photography…) and cultivating business relationships as the featured guest in the 2017 Foire de Tours. We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our partnership in 2016! Please visit the volunteer page on our website to learn more about opportunities, events and celebrations throughout the new year.
The Thanksgiving Menu in Tours during World War I in 1918 included turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, along with the appropriately named “Armistice Punch.”
This Thanksgiving, Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities is very thankful for everyone who donated to our organization on Give to the Max Day. Due to the generosity of our donors, we raised almost $1,000! As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, we rely solely on support from individuals to help fulfill our mission of enhancing cultural understanding between our two great communities.
We invite you to read more about opportunities to become involved in 2016 including planning for the Foire de Tours and our 25th anniversary celebration or check out our blog for highlights of the 59th annual Sister Cities International conference that was held in Minneapolis this summer.
Help us strengthen ties between Minnesotans and others around the world by donating to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities!
For nearly a quarter century, we have reached across the ocean to engage young and old alike to reinforce the bonds of friendship with Minnesotans and residents of this French city located an hour southwest of Paris.
Visit our page on Give.mn to read about our upcoming projects including the 2017 Foire de Tours, which will showcase Minnesota at an exhibition in our sister city, plans to celebrate our 25th anniversary next year and more.
Help us move our organization forward by contributing to Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 12. If you are not available that day, you can also schedule your gift any time between November 1-11 and your credit card will be charged on November 12.
All contributions are 100% tax deductible. Thank you to all of our donors for your ongoing support!
The view of the Mississippi River attendees had at the Nicollet Island Pavilion reception during the Sister Cities International conference.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their time to help Minneapolis make a great impression on visitors from around the world in hosting the 2015 Sister Cities International Conference in July. For a recap of this opportunity to expand our global partnerships, read Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities board member Sarah Johnson’s blog or like us on Facebook to view our photo gallery!
Even President Barack Obama is a fan of sister cities: “The increasing interconnectivity of nations in today’s global economy underscores the need for robust partnerships between communities around the world. Organizations like Sister Cities International foster such relationships, increasing mutual knowledge and understanding between cities and cultures. These collaborations promote trust among citizens and nations, create opportunities for technological and economic innovation and development, and lay the foundation for continued peace and prosperity.”