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Always a place for urban experimentation, in the last few decades downtown Minneapolis created an innovative skyway system and a landmark pedestrian/transit street--the Nicollet Mall--and erected a clutch of skyscrapers by A-list architects. Today the jewels in downtown's crown include the Hennepin Avenue entertainment district, which hosts touring Broadway shows and major musical acts, and a new crop of boutique hotels and distinguished owner-chef restaurants. At its southern end is Loring Park, an urban oasis surrounded by trendy, gay-friendly restaurants and cafes, and the Walker Art Center, the city's internationally renowned modern-art powerhouse.

Features

Rendering of the Vineland entrance

Q+A: Olga Viso discusses the Walker Art Center's plans for a more artfully integrated campus

A new campus renovation announced this past spring will better connect the Walker Art Center with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, reinvigorating a longstanding city and art center partnership.

Chalk Walk Art Festival

June Arts and Culture: Food for the Mind, Body and Soul

Festivals galore during the month of June, just a few of them listed here. There's the big one--Northern Spark 2016--as well as smaller neighborhood gatherings and opportunities to make new friends over food and brews.  

The original Guthrie Theater

MSP's Theater Community Then and Now: From the Old Log to the Legacy Amendment

We introduce the first in a two-part series about how MSP became the second-largest theater region after New York, as well as mobile, inventive and idiosyncratic.

1913 Transit Map

March Arts and Culture: States of Being

This month's arts and culture branches out to include a new brew from the women-owned Urban Growler. That's not only the reason St. Paul is the place to be. Right: St. Patrick's Day.

Witt-Siasco

Witt Siasoco uses art to create home

The multidisciplinary artist, designer, and arts educator has created a number of projects inspired by issues facing his community. Through art, he explores themes of collective community ownership, transportation and land use, and underrepresented populations.
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