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It's actually kind of fun to amaze coastal dwellers who hold to the myth of Flyover Country with the richness and variety of the arts in this chilly metropolis between the prairie and the woods. Our artistic scene, which some call an "ecosystem," is, in fact, more diverse than most. While many regional cities claim big institutions--ballet companies, major museums, theaters for Broadway touring shows--and many have small galleries, tiny black-box theaters, and grass-roots arts organizations--our towns have art on these levels plus a third, intermediate level: the big but not overgrown arts organization, often dedicated to helping artists develop their careers as well as make their art. Combine this with an envied tradition of corporate and foundation arts funding, and you see why many artists fly into, not over, metro Minnesota.

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Transforming St. Paul's West 7th Into a Vibrant, Urban Life/Work/Play Corridor

The West 7th area near downtown St. Paul is transforming from a historic transportation artery into a vibrant, 24/7 live/work/play corridor with new residences, busy workplaces, transit opportunities, and hotspots for art, culture and entertainment.

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June in MSP: Outdoor Arts Festivals that Give Back

In this month’s feature highlighting arts, entertainment and culture not to be missed in MSP, the focus is on community events that inspire, entertain, invite participation —and give back.      

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Funding, Policy, Persuasion, Need: How Artspace Gets Affordable Artist Live/Work Housing Done

Artspace’s residential projects fill a critical niche in a city’s ecosystem of affordable housing, particularly for artists. But making the case for public policies and resources to realize these transformative projects is challenging.

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May in MSP: Art-A-Whirl Turns 20, Artist-Designed Mini Golf and More

Spring has sprung and The Line is happy to introduce a new monthly feature highlighting several arts, entertainment and cultural events not to be missed in MSP this May. In Northeast Minneapolis, Art-A-Whirl celebrates its 20th anniversary; at the University of Minnesota, DJ Spooky heats things up with “Arctic Rhythms” and a Hangeul Party introduces participants to Korean calligraphy; and more.

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MSP's Big Picture Housing Needs: The McKnight Foundation Weighs In

McKnight Foundation president Kate Wolford and program officer Eric Muschler at Clare Midtown talk about the foundation's affordable housing initiatives and how well-designed affordable housing is a community asset with long-term benefits.
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