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American Society of Landscape Architects MN

ASLA-MN is the state chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). A licensed profession in Minnesota, landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, and design, of the natural and built environments.  Projects: campuses, natural areas, historic landscapes, parks & recreation, transportation corridors, urban design, water resources, and commercial and residential properties. 

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is a cultural center and museum that serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft, and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.

Art Institutes International Minnesota

The Art Institutes International Minnesota offers creative and applied arts programs in a caring, inspiring environment where students can maximize their creativity, enhance professional development, and acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the arts.

Art of This

Art of This is an artist-run, artist-centric organization dedicated to a direct and diverse dialogue with its audiences and community. We exhibit socially relevant, conceptual and experimental visual art, performance and music that is created by emerging and established artists.

Art Shanty Projects

Art Shanty Projects is an artist-driven temporary community devoted to expanding the notions of what art can be. It explores the ways relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments.

The Bakken Museum

The mission of the Bakken Museum is to inspire a passion for science in people of all ages. Its programs include Super Science Second Saturday events, 10 Best Days, summer camps, and invention programs, as well as outreach activities that involve nearly every fourth-grade class in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The Bell Museum of Natural History

The Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, the state’s natural history museum, is dedicated to discovering, documenting, and understanding our natural world. Through the award-winning traveling ExploraDome program, the Bell Museum takes visitors through the universe and into the worlds of astrophysics and planetary science.

Brave New Workshop

The Brave New Workshop has been writing and performing original sketch comedy and improvisation longer than any other theatre in the United States. Now in our 53rd year of crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking comedy and satire, the BNW is a Minneapolis institution, and a unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play.

Burnet Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers

Burnet Gallery showcases contemporary works by an array of international, national, and local artists. Artworks encompass all mediums, including video, sculpture, paintings, drawings, and prints. The gallery is located inside Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis. Considered one of the top boutique art hotels in the world, the hotel features works by such noted artists as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Ashley Bickerton, and Subodh Gupta.

Center for Spirituality and Healing

The Center for Spirituality & Healing is an international leader in integrative health/healing.  We educate professionals/students about integrative therapies and healing practices; conduct scientific research into non-pharmacological interventions, coordinate lectures and workshops, and develop care model innovations. The Center believes that well-being is enhanced when complementary and conventional practices are integrated. 

CSA: Community Supported Art

Over the past twenty years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become popular as consumers buy seasonal food directly from local farms. In 2010, with that same buy-local spirit, and Springboard for the Arts created a similar endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors. The project is now replicated in twenty cities around the country.

Downtown Improvement District

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a business-led nonprofit entity that maintains a higher standard of care and behavior throughout 120+ blocks of downtown by providing clean, green, safe and better services which create a more vibrant and attractive area for all who invest, work, shop, visit and live downtown.


The Eyeo Festival brings together the world’s leading creative coders, data visualization professionals, designers and artists for 4 days of presentations, conversations and workshops. Converge to Inspire.

The Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul fosters in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and beyond a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film. The Film Society programs the very best of national and international independent cinema year-round at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, and through its annual flagship event, The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

Forecast Public Art

Forecast Public Art is a Twin Cities based non-profit arts organization with a mission to strengthen and advance the field of public art locally, nationally and internationally by expanding participation, supporting artists, informing audiences and assisting communities.


Four Seasons Dance Studio

Located in Minneapolis, Four Seasons Dance Studio is a relaxed and friendly place to learn innovative and traditional partner dances in a non-competitive style. The focus is on dancing as a social art for personal pleasure and public confidence.


Gallery13 is an alternative gallery space exhibiting postcontemporary art in downtown Minneapolis. Featuring some of the most talented artists in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, the United States, and internationally, exhibitions range from traditional genres to graffiti, electronica, performance, and installation. Our mission is to provide exhibition space to a broad and diverse cross section of artists regardless of age, race, economic status, or gender.

Gamut Gallery

Gamut Gallery brings people together to create, collaborate, and to experience art. The principle that art fosters community drives Gamut Gallery’s inclusive philosophy.  

Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Highpoint Center for Printmaking is dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking. Its goals are to provide educational programs, community access, and collaborative publishing opportunities to engage the public and increase the appreciation and understanding of the printmaking arts.

Intermedia Arts

Intermedia Arts is a multidisciplinary, multicultural art center. Our programs inspire people to make positive change in their lives and communities. We are a space where diverse communities find a safe and welcoming forum for engagement, and our mission is to be a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art.

Le Meridien Chambers

The country’s first luxury art hotel, Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis features more than 200 pieces of original contemporary art from the private collection of the hotel’s founder, Ralph Burnet. Edgy and controversial works from the Young British Artist movement by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Angus Fairhurst, Gary Hume, and Sam Taylor-Wood can be spotted throughout the hotel.

The Loft

The Loft Literary Center is a nonprofit arts organization offering services for readers and writers at every level. Programs include readings by acclaimed local and national authors, classes, weekend genre conferences, competitions and grants, open groups, writers’ studios, and much more.


Lunalux has been preserving the traditions of letterpress printing since 1993. We use vintage equipment and modern design sensibilities to create bold posters, cheeky cards and luxurious invitations. Visitors to our Loring Park studio are invited to peek into our printing workroom and browse in our stationery & gift boutique.

Macalester College

Macalester is committed to bring a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program known for its high standards for scholarship and its special  emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

MacPhail Center for Music

MacPhail Center for Music is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming lives and enriching the community through music education. Each year, MacPhail opens its doors to more than 9,000 students, offering programming for all ages and abilities at locations in Minneapolis, White Bear Lake, and Apple Valley as well as 64 community partnerships across the Twin Cities metropolitan area. MacPhail has a history of 104 years of excellence, promoting lifelong learning and building long-term relationships between students and teachers.

Midtown Greenway Coalition

The Midtown Greenway Coalition is a member-based coalition of neighborhoods and individuals who love the Midtown Greenway. We’re the people who got the Greenway built by public agencies, and now we work to protect and enhance it every day. Join us!

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum creates opportunities to discover the people and industries that built Minneapolis, transformed a region, and influenced our world. Built within the ruins of the Washburn A Flour Mill, the museum tells the stories of Minneapolis through award-winning exhibits and live programs.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, pioneering thinkers, creative leaders, and engaged, global citizens.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.

Minneapolis Parks Foundation

Our focus is to create the next generation of parks. Through parks programming and project education, innovation and implementation the Minneapolis Parks Foundation hopes to inform and inspire park enthusiasts and cultivate future
stewards of the park system, lead the discussion about and be a catalyst for ‘what parks could be’, and provide expertise and partnerships to implement new parks projects.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the Twin Cities’ home for contemporary artists in the traditional crafts of bookmaking: letterpress printing, typesetting, hand papermaking, bookbinding, printmaking, screenprinting, and more. Our mission is to advance the book as a vital contemporary art form and to inspire and engage artists, designers, creative Do-It-Yourselfers, and art enthusiasts. is a comprehensive online database of Minnesota artists and organizations. It announces news and features about the local arts scene from a variety of sources and provides artists and organizations with web pages that include images and information. is a project of the Walker Art Center and The McKnight Foundation.

Mpls DID and Mpls Dept. of Health and Family Support

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a business-led nonprofit entity that maintains a higher standard of care and behavior throughout 120+ blocks of downtown by providing clean, green, safe and better services which create a more vibrant and attractive area for all who invest, work, shop, visit and live downtown.

Mpls Photo Center

Photo enthusiasts come together at the Mpls Photo Center to meet, learn, grow, create, and exhibit as members of this unique community dedicated to photography and all its media and processes. From our digital lab, darkrooms, studio spaces, and exhibition galleries, to our renowned Artist Talks, classes, and workshops covering all aspects of photography, Mpls Photo Center is here to challenge, encourage, and inspire the photographer in all of us.


Northern is a roving, collaborative, interactive media-oriented arts agency from the Twin Cities for the world. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment.

Open Book

Brought together by a relentless commitment to the literary arts community and the need for a sustainable home, the Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts overcame strategic and financial challenges to open the doors of Open Book in 2000.

Open Eye Figure Theater

Open Eye Figure Theatre creates original figure theatre, animating the inanimate on an intimate scale; trains the next generation of figure theatre artists; and advances adventurous, artist-driven programming.


OverExposure is a Twin Cities media arts organization whose primary is mission to create photography projects that engage the community.

Public Art Saint Paul

Established in 1987, the non-profit Public Art Saint Paul engages artists in shaping the form and experience of Minnesota’s capital city. Through our advocacy and support, artists collaborate in the planning and design of public places and structures; create works of art for public places; develop temporary installations; and produce public art events.


PUNY is an artist-driven, interactive studio based in Minneapolis and LA. Best known for its animation on the Nickelodeon show, Yo Gagga Gabba, PUNY has brought its unique amalgamation of substance and style to film, television, and Fortune 100 companies alike.

Rain Taxi Review of Books

RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS, a winner of the Independent Press Award for Best Arts & Literature Coverage, champions literary works that push the boundaries. Essays, interviews, and in-depth reviews reflect RAIN TAXI’s commitment to innovative writing. The group also hosts readings and other activities in Minnesota, including the annual Twin Cities Book Festival.

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. Its programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater.

Soap Factory

Based in a 120-year-old warehouse, The Soap Factory challenges artists to bring their ideas to life in our raw, industrial galleries. In 2011 The Soap Factory exhibited the work of more than 100 artists, including new performances, site-specific installation, video, and sound pieces as well as painting, sculpture, and photography.

Soo Visual Arts Center

Founded in 2001, Soo Visual Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 art space that connects our community with fresh, underrepresented, and provocative art. We envision a dynamic environment in which artists and audiences challenge each other and art is integral to everyday life.

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists run by artists. Its mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. Springboard began in 1978 as a program of United Arts; it incorporated in 1991 and has served more than 70,000 artists and arts organizations.

University of Minnesota Department of Art

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota is committed to promoting artistic awareness and the conceptual development of its students through a broad range of disciplines and art forms. Creative expression is fostered within the highest standards of creative and critical engagement, pedagogical rigor, and professional practice.

Vine Arts Center

The Vine Arts Center in Minneapolis is an art-inspired space. Artist members work cooperatively to unite diverse artists, patrons, and the broader community through our creative presence and events.

W Minneapolis – The Foshay

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Foshay Tower was built by multimillionaire real estate developer Wilbur B. Foshay in 1929 and was instantly heralded as a modern, art deco masterpiece. Painstakingly restored and transformed into a W hotel in 2008, the Foshay has a museum on the 30th floor where visitors can learn about the building, then venture out to the open-air observation for panoramic, 360-degree views of the Twin Cities.

Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM) at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the university and the community. Education is central to the museum’s mission to apply the intellectual and creative resources of a great university to make art essential to the human experience.

Whittier Artists in Storefronts

The Artists in Storefronts project turns vacant or under-used storefronts into vibrant, engaging spaces showcasing original work by Twin Cities artists. By bringing art to the walkable urban landscape, Artists in Storefronts helps to revitalize neighborhoods, increase community engagement, highlight local creativity, and stimulate the local economy.


Working with some of the most fertile and creative minds from the worlds of art, science, design, architecture, and technology, ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology and the ZERO1 Garage where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.