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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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American Swedish Institute

Where To Take Winter Visitors in MSP: 14 Time-Tested Activities

As anyone who’s spent a winter in MSP knows, the pace of life here doesn’t drop with the temperature or the snow. Show your visitors a great time this month with these classic MSP winter activities.

Hmong Delights

February Arts and Culture: Feasts for the Mind and the Mouth

A Hmong pop-up dinner, electrifying art exhibition, architecture tour of an already iconic brewery and the opportunity to laugh out loud with the nation's funniest Native American author are on our to-do list for arts and culture in February.

ADU in a converted garage

A More Gentle Density: The Potential of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Minneapolis

What exactly are accessory dwelling units and what does the City of Minneapolis hope to achieve with them?

Laura Zabel

Springboard: A Community Development Organization By and For Artists

Meet Laura Zabel, urban innovator. At Springboard for the Arts, she's leading a national movement to support and engage artists as a vital part of community development.

WC ice palace.jpg

Winter Carnival 2016: Where to Go, What to Do Via Metro Transit

The St. Paul Winter Carnival is a celebration of all things cold, snowy and fun, including bundled-up parades, dazzling ice sculptures and treasure hunts. Here's how and when to get to the carnival’s signature events using Metro Transit.  
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