Annual Conference

Welcome to Minneapolis, home of the 59th Annual Sister Cities International Conference, to be held July 16-18, 2015!

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Join Sister Cities International, elected and municipal officials, engaged citizens, diplomats, and business leaders in Minneapolis, MN to discuss “Bridging Generations for Peace. 

  • Meet members of the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Diplomatic Corps and hear their perspectives
  • Choose from tailored sessions on topics including: 
    • Young professional and youth engagement 
    • Nonprofit and event fundraising 
    • Programming for economic development
    • Sports diplomacy and many more 
  • Attend a specialized regional track focusing on diaspora communities
  • Network and share experiences with members of sister city organizations from around the country and the world
  • Invite high school students to attend the concurrent 2015 Youth Leadership Summit (Click here for the 2015 agenda)
  • Receive on-site immunizations from our travel health partner, Passport Health for your next overseas trip. Sign up now!
  • Participate in an exclusive welcome reception to kickoff Minneapolis’ Annual Sister Cities Day!
  • Tour the “City by Nature” by kayak, bike, or skyway

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Tour #1: Minneapolis Diaspora Tour — Bridging Nationalities and Cultures 

9:00 am - 1:30 pm | Thursday, July 16 | $15.00 Fee

Discover the many cultural treasures Minneapolis has to offer as you bridge generations to learn from some of the oldest and newest communities that make Minnesota their home.  The tour will begin at the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum of Minnesota and the American Indian Center. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population outside of Somalia. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum of Minnesota is the only Somalian artifact and culture museum in the United States and offers educational programs about traditional Somali culture that are not offered anywhere else. Since 1975, The American Indian Center has been dedicated to preserving and supporting American Indian cultural traditions through educational and social service. Minnesota has a rich Native American history and is home to seven Anishinaabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and four Dakota (Sioux) communities.

After departing from the museums, the journey continues to The American Swedish Institute, a Minnesota landmark and educational center for all to learn about the Swedish and Nordic cultures. While there, guests will be treated to a presentations on bridging generations at the American Swedish Institute, and remarks from the African Development Center and the Midtown Global Market.  73,000 of Minnesota’s foreign born residents are from Africa.  For many years, the African Development Center has helped many African immigrants find jobs and learn new skills and languages. 

After hearing from the Midtown Global Market, the tour will take you there to experience first-hand what makes it so unique. The Midtown Global Market gives new and emerging entrepreneurs, many of them low income and recent immigrants, a prime location and support to build a business and a future. You will get to explore the Midtown Global Market which has over 80 places to dine and shop, and has become the hub for all cultures in Minneapolis. Lunch is on your own during this time. CLICK HERE to register.

Tour #2: Minneapolis Saint Paul City Bus Tour

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Thursday, July 16 | Free

Take an Award-Winning City Tour through the glass and steel of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of St. Paul and the diverse neighborhoods between. This three hour guided tour provides the highlights of Minneapolis, Saint Paul and neighborhoods in between- all from the comfort of a deluxe motor-coach! See some of Minneapolis’ most notable sites, such as the Guthrie Theater, Minnehaha Falls, the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” Sculpture, and much more! CLICK HERE to register.

Tour #3: City Walking Tour

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Thursday, July 16 | Free

Embark on a guided walking tour throughout downtown Minneapolis that is sure to be a lifetime memory. Guided by the Fit Tourist, this one hour tour will show you some of Minneapolis’ most notable landmarks, as well as its hidden gems and suggest some evening dining options. CLICK HERE to register.

Already registered and want to tag along? Click here and select “Already Registered” to modify your registration and add on any of these tours. You will need the email address you registered with and your confirmation number to make adjustments. 

 

For a recap of the 58th Annual Conference in San Jose, California, July 31-August 2, 2014, CLICK HERE.