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Greater MSP: A Global Cultural Capital

Posted by GREATER MSP on Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Minneapolis-Saint Paul is one of the world’s undisputed cultural capitals. The region offers fine art museums, two full-time professional orchestras, an internationally renowned opera company and hundreds of theatrical, musical and comedy troupes and is the third largest dance market in the nation.


Creative-class guru Richard Florida ranked Greater MSP fifth among major U.S. markets for density of artistic and cultural creatives, earning the title of “creative overperformer." (The Atlantic, 2010)


The Greater MSP region is second only to New York City in the number of theater seats per capita, with more than two million theater tickets sold each year. Among its stars are the Guthrie Theater, the country’s first regional reparatory theater, and the award-winning Children's Theatre Company.


Leaders in the arts community are making a difference in the region. Watch this recent Greater MSP Business interview with Tom Hoch, President and CEO of the Hennepin Theatre Trust, to hear about our region's new arts and culture district. 


Meanwhile, four significant cultural icons – the Minneapolis Institute of ArtsWalker Art CenterWeisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis Central Library – each completed major additions in the last few years. 


For a sneak preview of the Walker's 75th birthday festivities, go to this interview with its Executive Director Olga Viso.




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