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Little Africa Art & Cultural Fest on Saturday August 23, 2014

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Enjoy African art, music, dance, food and cultural connections at the Little Africa Art and Cultural Festival on Saturday August 23, 2014, from 4-8pm at Hamline Park in St. Paul, located at 1564 West Lafond Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

Little Africa Fest will offer an African experience right in the middle of St. Paul along the Green Line.

Little Africa Art and Cultural Festival features African drums by Jesse Buckner, African dance and music by Tujare (Indy Jay) Mohamed, African digital paintings by Big Z, and African art by John Reynolds among others. The festival is part of the C4ward Arts and Culture along the Green Line project supported by a partnership between TC LISC and the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

Visit African restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and other businesses in the Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota. Be sure to experience the authentic spices of African food like Injera and curried lamb stew or lentils cooked in Berbere sauce at Snelling Cafe, Fasika Restaurant or Flamingo Restaurant. Attend the festival to get free tickets to FREE African wine, coffee and food at nearby businesses in the Little Africa district.

Also at the festival will be the launch of the African Market Potential study–an effort to estimate the impact of the $1.4 billion African immigrant market. This is a study funded by the McKnight Foundation in collaboration with Concordia University.

Little Africa is a branding and marketing campaign focusing on African immigrant economic assets in three nodal points around primary transit corridors–the Blue Line, Green Line, and Bottineau Corridor. The nodal points are: the core area around the Snelling and University Avenue area in St. Paul; in Minneapolis the area along Cedar/Riverside/Franklin Avenue; and in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center the area around Brooklyn Boulevard.

Little Africa is an initiative of the African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) in partnership with the Little Africa Development Group. The mission of Little Africa is to leverage the rich and diverse businesses, art, and cultural assets of Minnesota’s growing African immigrant populations to build sustainable wealth within the African immigrant communities.

For more information concerning the Little Africa Festival, please visit the Facebook event page or contact Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) at 651-646-9411.

The Little Africa Art and Cultural Fest on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 4-8 pm at Hamline Park in St. Paul. located at 1564 West Lafond Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55104.

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Little Africa’s Celebrating Art & Culture along the Green Line

Little Africa Business & Cultural District of Minnesota and African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) proudly present “Little Africa’s Celebrating Art & Culture along the Green Line” festivity on Saturday August 23, 2014 from 4PM – 8PM at Mosaic on a Stick located at 1564 West Lafond Avenue St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

The following individuals will be showcasing their African inspired art & culture:

★ Jesse Buckner: African & contemporary drumming.
★ Big Z: Digital painting showcasing Oromo culture.
★ Tujare (Indy) Mohamed: Traditional & modern Ethiopian dance.
★ Sara Endalew: African inspired art works.
★ Janette Yiran: African art collection & African percussion instruments.

For event event details and RSVP, visit our Facebook event page. For questions and more information contact Gene Gelgelu at (651) 815-9367.

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AEDS Spotlight on African Owned Small Businesses in the Twin Cities

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AEDS had the great opportunity to be featured on KFAI’s Wave Project segment on Sunday August 3, 2014 (click here to listen to the archived mp3 stream), which allowed us to share more information on the various services and programs we provide and our mission to building wealth within African immigrant communities throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding metros. One way we aim to see Minnesota’s various African immigrant communities fulfill their share of the American Dream is by providing Micro-Entrepreneurial Training and Small Business Consulting to new, emerging and established African owned small businesses throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding metros.

The highlight of KFAI’s Sunday Wave Project segment was providing some of AEDS’ African Small Business owners the opportunity to talk a little bit about their businesses including successes and challenges they encountered along the way. In addition, AEDS’ African Small Business owners gave testimony on how AEDS played a crucial role in helping them establish their businesses by giving providing them micro-entrepreneurial training, access to loans and marketing consulting.

From the numerous African owned small businesses AEDS has had the opportunity to assist, the following African small businesses were featured on KFAI’s Sunday Wave Project:

If you missed the KFAI Wave Project segment, the one-hour segment archive can be found on KFAI’s website by clicking here.

If you would like more information of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) and the various services and programs we offer, feel free to stop by our office in St. Paul, Minnesota located at 1821 University Avenue West Suite S-291 St Paul, MN 55104 or we can be reached at (651) 646-9411 or (651) 815-9367.

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