Seven awesome things to look for at Open Streets UMN + Motley

Join us this Sunday September 30th for Open Streets University of Minnesota + Motley, the last Open Streets Minneapolis of the year! Open Streets Minneapolis events are free events that temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing. Check out the Open Streets University of Minnesota + Motley Facebook page or the event webpage for more details. Here are some events that I’m especially excited to see at Open Streets UMN + Motley!

Folks sitting in a circle

1. Improv Parenting

Location: northwest corner of 15th Ave SE and University Ave SE

Let your creativity shine at the Improv Parenting booth! This nonprofit arts organization will have street improvisational theater performances and fun, interactive games for the whole family!

Person wearing a register to vote sign

2. Voter Registration Booth

Location: northwest corner of 17th Ave SE and University Ave SE

Are you registered to vote? If not, what are you waiting for? Swing by 17th Ave SE and University Ave SE so the folks at the booth can tell you about the benefits of voting and get you registered for the upcoming election. Your voice matters!

MIRAC booth

3. Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee

Location: northwest corner of Walnut St SE and University Ave SE

Immigrant rights are human rights! Come support MIRAC’s mission by partaking in resistance art activities and learning more about your own rights through educational resources!

 Map of Motley area

4. Motley

Location: SE Oak St and University Ave SE

Join Motley, Minneapolis’ newest innovative neighborhood, for City Jenga and conversation with the district's planners!

Folks at an Our Streets Minneapolis outreach booth

5. Our Streets Minneapolis

Location: southwest corner of SE Oak St and University Ave SE

Come learn about Our Streets Minneapolis, the organization that hosts the Open Streets Minneapolis events. Talk to staff and volunteers about our advocacy campaign for better winter sidewalk maintenance, and pick up some free bike pins, downtown maps, and more!

Two people standing in front of a white screen holding dogs

6. Steve Ozone

Location: southeast corner of SE Washington Ave and SE Oak St

Say cheese! On the corner of SE Washington Ave and SE Oak St, local photographer Steve Ozone will be taking portraits for anyone who wants one. Come share your Open Streets Minneapolis experience! 

Folks in ski gear in the snow

7. North Star Ski Touring Club

Location: halfway between Essex St SE and Fulton St SE on SE Oak St

Winter is coming...so why not embrace it with the North Star Ski Touring Club? This outdoor recreation group for all ages looks forward to snow…so they’re bringing it to Open Streets in the form of a "snowstorm" in a tent! Come check it out!

Open Streets University of Minnesota + Motley is presented by Motley.

Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by Our Streets Minneapolis and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. 

Open Streets UMN + Motley is sponsored by Metro Transit, Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, AARP Twin Cities, All Energy Solar, CenterPoint Energy, Hennepin Healthcare, and Xcel Energy.


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