Eden Prairie celebrates its many cultures

More than a half-dozen organizations collaborated on the second annual PeopleFest, a series of events Aug. 4-14 that celebrated and raised awareness about the many cultures that make Eden Prairie great.

Community events such as the Interfaith Tour, The Human Library, and IndiaFest Field Trip together attracted about 500 participants and a PeopleFest Party on Aug. 11 at Staring Lake Park – featuring stage performances, art projects, informative booths, and food trucks – drew about 650 persons.

Eden Prairie’s population is much more diverse than it was 10 or 20 years ago. That’s probably evident in your own neighborhood. But one thing we all have in common is we’re part of the Eden Prairie community, and as such we hope it will be friendly, open, supportive, and working to become better.

Even if you participated in this year’s PeopleFest activities, you might not be aware that its planners and organizers come from a wide swath of the community: folks from the City of Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie Schools, the Foundation, Eden Prairie Chinese Association, Hennepin County Library, Interfaith Circle, the Eden Prairie Human Rights & Diversity Commission, and more.

It’s part of what makes PeopleFest great: no single entity is in charge; instead, it’s a true collaboration of lots of groups that are simply trying to make Eden Prairie better.

Plans are underway for 2020 PeopleFest. If you’d like to be a part of that, contact Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or [email protected].

We invite you to take a look at images from some of the activities that were part of 2019 PeopleFest. Contributing to this gallery of photos were PG Narayanan, Jes Schrom, and others.

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Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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