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Arts and Culture

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.



Scandinavian Light Trick: Time-Tested Design Solutions Find Modern Expression in a St. Paul House

In the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, near University Grove's enclave of mid-century architecture, architect John Dwyer designed an award-winning modern home on a tiny infill lot that deploys an ancient Scandinavian light trick.


Holiday Shopping on the Green Line: A Selection of Locally Owned Shops by Stop

Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, Metro Transit riders in search of the perfect gifts can ride the 11-mile-long Green Line for an adventurous day that includes stops at dozens of locally owned stores. Here's a guide to get you started.  


Nostalgia in November: Our Monthly Arts/Culture Picks

This month’s feature highlighting arts, entertainment and culture not to be missed in MSP brings into focus the region’s most notable dance company, photographic visions of Minneapolis’ past and an art sale for all to enjoy.    

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Artists Can Be The "Connective Tissue" of a Neighborhood, But First Need Affordable Housing

The creation of affordable artist live/work housing is a proven initiative that reinvigorates neighborhoods, while artists and their work bring members of diverse communities together.


October In MSP Opens with Plenty of Spooks and Spice

This month’s feature highlighting arts, entertainment and culture not to be missed in MSP focuses on innovation, startups and artistic initiatives that will scare and inspire you, and spice up your life.  
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