One of the Foundation’s largest collaborative efforts is the PeopleFest! celebration that arrives again Aug. 4-14, 2019 in Eden Prairie.
PeopleFest! is a series of community events, camps, and programs to celebrate the many cultures that make Eden Prairie great. In true collaborative spirit, no one organization is in charge of PeopleFest!. Instead it is the combined effort of the City of Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie Schools Community Education, the Foundation, Eden Prairie Chinese Association, Hennepin County Library, the Eden Prairie Human Rights & Diversity Commission, and others.
So successful was last year’s inaugural event that it won an award from the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and subsequently a $10,042 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board for next year’s PeopleFest!
PeopleFest! culminates with performances, booths, food trucks, and more from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Staring Lake Park, but many, many other events are planned. For the full list, download this flyer:
The Foundation is directly involved in organizing one of the PeopleFest! events: a bus trip from Eden Prairie to the annual IndiaFest that the India Association of Minnesota will hold Saturday, Aug. 10, at the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.
The Twin Cities metro area has seen a boom in its Asian Indian population, and Eden Prairie has been at or near the top of the list of cities on the leading edge of that boom. So, perhaps it’s appropriate that all of us who live in Eden Prairie learn more about the Asian Indian culture by seeing IndiaFest firsthand.
You can do so by taking this free bus trip, arranged with help from SouthWest Transit. A bus will leave SouthWest Station on Technology Drive at 10:45 a.m. that Saturday and arrive back in Eden Prairie at 3:30. Register for the trip on the Community Education website.
There’s lots to do and see at IndiaFest. Here are three highlights:
- Vendors serving authentic Asian Indian food, including naan, kabobs, curry, pizza, drinks, and more.
- Children’s activities, including face painting, henna, games, and instruction on playing authentic Indian sports.
- A bazaar with authentic clothes, shoes, accessories, and décor.
So, join us, won’t you? And if you cannot make the IndiaFest, attend any or all of the other PeopleFest! activities. It just might give you added insight to Eden Prairie’s changing demographics.
(Foundation intern Samantha Nicklaus contributed to this story.)