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Art & Culture


A metro area overflowing with creativity and culture.


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


Four significant cultural icons – the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum and the Minneapolis Central Library – each completed major additions in the last few years.


Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried performing arts festival in the United States. This annual celebration of theatre, dance, and visual arts runs for 11 days and showcases more than 800 performances. Creative-class guru Richard Florida ranked Greater MSP fifth among major US markets for density of artistic and cultural creatives, earning the title of “creative overperformer." (The Atlantic, 2010)


Theater Hotbed

The Twin Cities 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.


Thriving Nightlife and Music Scene

Minneapolis-Saint Paul rocks. That’s the word from Songkick, which tracks concerts and bands around the country. It credits the Greater MSP with the seventh most-happening rock scene in America. As a bonus, the average concert ticket price in the Twin Cities is $46.69. The prize is significant because it indicates a thriving night life – a “creative class” trait that makes it easier for Twin Cities businesses to attract and retain talent.


Cultural Diversity

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is home to dozens of distinct ethnic and cultural groups, with sizable populations of East Africans, Hmong and Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians and African-Americans. Minneapolis’ Midtown Global Market and Eat Street, and Saint Paul’s famous Grand Avenue and historic West Side, showcase a wide variety of regional and ethnic restaurants, markets and artisan shops.


Accessible Arts

The Greater MSP works hard to make arts and culture accessible to all. Many Twin Cities museums, music and dance ensembles, and theaters offer free or discounted admission rates, corporate-sponsored free days, rush tickets and “pay what you can” performances.


For the buzz on Twin Cities arts and entertainment, visit The Line, a weekly web magazine that celebrates “the stylish, sophisticated, brimming with energy” life in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.


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