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Meet the 12 Minnesota organizations selected for ArtsLab 2019

Twelve Minnesota arts and cultural organizations will come together in ArtsLab’s Building Community and Adaptability cohort over the first six months of 2019 to:

  • explore what a healthy business model looks like for their organization,
  • develop a compelling story of their identity and purpose,
  • consider how to build greater equity and inclusion, and
  • create a strategic roadmap to guide their work over the coming 2-3 years.

We are pleased to have such a diverse and community-driven group of organizations participating in group, as they will contribute to a rich peer learning community. We look forward to working with them in 2019.


Rita Mustaphi dancing in a flowing pink and white dress.

(in alphabetical order)

113 (Falcon Heights) curates concerts, residencies, seminars, and master classes throughout the Twin Cities, providing a platform for composers and musicians pursuing bold, artistic visions, and helping them to transmit those visions directly and honestly, unfettered by market pressures.

ANEW BAM (Roseville) works to advance the academic success of youth and families through culturally responsive arts education, social emotional learning, and African American history and culture.

COLLIDE Theatrical (Minneapolis) creates original Broadway-style jazz dance musicals, casting dancers of all shapes, sizes, genders, sexual orientation and age, allowing artists to overcome challenges in a “gig-based” work economy.

Exposed Brick Theatre (St Paul) is dedicated to telling the untold story. Through theater and performance art, we create opportunities for audiences and artists to view their world from new and multiple perspectives.

Kaddatz Galleries (Fergus Falls) fosters visual arts education and appreciation and maintains a gallery that celebrates the work of area artists and honors the legacy of Charles Beck.

Kairos Alive! (Minneapolis) is a social impact organization based in the arts and latest body/mind health research that helps older adults people live more active, engaged, and creative lives.

Katha Dance Theatre (Crystal) creates, performs and educates through dance, music, poetry, and storytelling. Rooted in Kathak, the classical dance style of North India, KDT is dedicated to making dance accessible, inclusive and relevant.

Minnesota Music Coalition (St Paul) is the only statewide organization of its type in the country. With a mission is to connect and support Minnesota’s diverse community of musicians, they are the leading resource for Minnesota’s outstanding popular music community.

Somali Museum of Minnesota (Minneapolis) the only museum in North America devoted to preserving Somali culture and art. Boasting a collection of over 700 artifacts and traditional artworks, they also serve as a meeting space for Somali artists, and offer educational programs about Somali traditional culture.

StoryArk (Stillwater) empowers secondary students to tell their story through podcast, film, and print media. Student initiated and student led, each project is imagined and developed by youth. Professional writers, filmmakers, and others help students become their best creative selves.

The Show Gallery Lowertown (St Paul) is a gallery space seeking to create accessibility in the arts and unite artists of all abilities, backgrounds, and walks of life. Programming includes 10+ exhibitions annually, community fundraisers, special events (performances and live music), workshops, and classes.

Umbrella Collective (Minneapolis) collaborates with artists and audiences to create stunning and engaging new works of theater that foster vital conversations. They value representation of queer- and women-centric narratives, accessibility and inclusivity for our artists and audiences, and creative processes that encourage exploration, risk-taking, and play.

This program is made possible through the generous support of The McKnight Foundation, The Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundations, The Bigelow Foundation, and The Mardag Foundation.