A message from the Trust
Hennepin Theatre Trust is heartbroken and outraged by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. We condemn this brutal act of violence and call for justice for Mr. Floyd and his family, as well as for broad institutional change that addresses systemic racism and improves the lives of Black Minnesotans.
The racism and inequity in our city and beyond cannot be ignored. While the arts can be a source of unity and community, we recognize racism runs deep within the arts as it does everywhere. We must work together to dismantle the systems that have allowed this violence and injustice to occur, and we join the voices calling for equity and justice in Minnesota. As an organization, we commit to:
- Sharing platforms for Minnesota-based artists that prioritize partnerships with artists and organizations from the Black community
- Examining our work to reach students across the state with the goal of addressing inequity in access to quality musical theater education
- Partnering with community outreach groups and the Minneapolis Department of Health’s Office of Violence Prevention to work collaboratively toward safety solutions in the Hennepin Theatre District
- Consulting Black community leaders and organizers as we seek to create change within our organization, in the arts and in our community
Hennepin Theatre Trust is examining our role in deeply entrenched racism, and we commit ourselves to improving how we serve Black communities in Minneapolis and across Minnesota.
[Updated June, 5, 2020]
Hennepin Theatre Trust, through our contracted theatre management firm, is discontinuing employing off-duty Minneapolis Police Department officers for part-time event security.
We continually review our options for the safety and security of our audiences, touring artists and staff in our historic theatres. We are also following the Minnesota Human Rights Department’s investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department and any other developments.
We will work to deepen partnerships with community outreach groups and the City of Minneapolis that lead to safety solutions for the Hennepin Theatre District.
Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that advances the cultural and economic vitality of Minnesota through leadership of a dynamic arts district in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Our historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — light up Hennepin Avenue with the best of Broadway and diverse, top-tier entertainment. Our building at 900 Hennepin provides a creative community space for performances and other events and serves as our organization’s headquarters. Annually, the Trust serves more than 7,000 high school students statewide and brings nearly 600,000 people to the Hennepin Theatre District to experience art on the street and stage.