Arts Midwest

Rating: 4.94 stars   17 reviews


2908 Hennepin Ave S Ste 200 Minneapolis MN 55408 USA


Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.


Over the past 26 years, Arts Midwest has been committed to serving the nation’s thriving arts communities. Through our performing, visual, literary, and theater arts programs, we have supported arts initiatives in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. During the second year of the 2007–2009 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle, ensembles from Quebec, Israel, Mexico, and the Inner Mongolia Region of China reached 40,965 individuals, including 31,280 students in Midwestern communities. Additionally, in 2008–2009, Arts Midwest granted $540,318 to presenting organizations, and artists earned more than $3.5 million touring throughout the region through the Performing Arts Fund. These funds helped dance, music, and theater ensembles engage over 296,000 individuals, including over 138,000 youths through a variety of enriching public performances and educational activities. Arts Midwest also supported the arts community at the 2009 Midwest Arts Conference, with more than 900 attendees representing artists, presenting organizations, and service organizations. Attendees used this opportunity to gain knowledge about the performing arts industry, network with colleagues, and experience a variety of dynamic performances.

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Our cultural programs reach more than one million people annually, serving communities across our nine member states, which include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Many of our programs extend beyond these borders to communities across the 50 states, and international to places like China, Egypt, and Chile- enhancing the quality of life in hundreds of cities, towns, and rural areas across the the world.


Arts Midwest World Fest, is a global education and outreach performing arts initiative.

The Midwest Arts Conference is an annual booking and educational conference for the performing arts.

The Performing Arts Fund is a funding program that supports performing arts touring and educational workshops.

ArtsLab is a capacity-building program for Minnesota nonprofit arts organizations in partnership with a consortia of Twin Cities foundations.

The arts learning Xchange is an audience development initiative for Twin Cities arts organizations.

Arts Midwest also manages an array of initiatives with the National Endowment for the Arts:

The Big Read is a literary reading program that supports innovative reading initiatives, lectures, and events in communities across the country.

Shakespeare in American Communities brings the inimitable works of William Shakespeare to communities across the nation.

NEA Jazz Masters Live is a series of concerts and conversations featuring acclaimed jazz musicians.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Arts Midwest is an outstanding organization. I have been engaged in numerous ways-- and have been personally and professionally enriched at every intersection with both their programs and their staff. Arts Midwest has given me industry connections that allowed a job transition across state lines (from Nebraska to Minnesota)to be much easier. I'm grateful for Arts Midwest and all it's programs and membership activities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed attending the annual conference for the last nine years!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and my fellow volunteers have been mentors for me-- and become valued colleagues and friends!

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