During the Little Africa tour attendees traveled along Snelling Avenue, where they visited African Plaza, Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant, Dahabshiil Mini Market, Addis Mini Market, Sabrina’s Café, Sunshine Beauty Salon, and Snelling Café. At each location, the group had an opportunity to meet with the business owners and learn the unique stories of the locations. The tour ended at Snelling Café with a pop-up art gallery featuring the works of artists of visual artists Geno Okok, Sara Endalew, and Binyam Raba, the documentary street photography of Netsanet Negussie, and the eccentric and bold handbags of fashion designer Ngeri Nnachi.
On February 9th AEDS launched its first in a series of community workshops to implement a Facade Improvement project for small businesses within Little Africa. Organized by both AEDS and the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation the project is funded in part by the Knight Green Line Challenge award and seeks to build community engagement while improving the exterior of Little Africa businesses. The second Facade Improvement workshop in this series will take place on April 5th 2016.
Little Africa celebrated International Women’s day by hosting the second event in our arts series. On March 8th Little Africa organized the African Women Entrepreneurs & Artist Networking event. The comprised of an array of guest speakers, a performance by Ifrah Mansour, storytelling circles, and a panel discussion featuring Little Africa Women artists and entrepreneurs.
AEDS has partnered with the Minnesota Home Ownership Center to provide home stretch workshops to prepare homebuyers to be successful homeowners. We offer homeownership workshops throughout the year. Our homeownership workshops are open to all homebuyers in Minnesota. Click here to register for upcoming homeownership workshops.
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