Cultural District

Visit our vibrant urban destination with unique, positive and welcoming experiences for everyone

Photography by Ray J. Wallin

Hennepin Theatre Trust helps to drive urban transformation along a five-block stretch of Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, and influence how millions of people experience the city’s businesses, art, entertainment, restaurants, hotels and more.

We have a significant footprint along Hennepin Avenue with our three historic theatres — the Orpheum, State and Pantages. These playhouses help drive economic activity and enliven the theatre district by bringing more than 600,000 people downtown each year to experience some of the best in live entertainment.

Our new home at 900 Hennepin adds to our cultural platforms and allows us to broaden our reach and deliver exciting arts experiences to wide audiences. The space — located in the heart of the city next to our largest theatre, the Orpheum — hosts high-quality international, national and local arts and cultural experiences outside of Broadway shows, musical performances and other events presented in our theatres.

Strong partnerships are central to driving positive change. We’re bringing together and collaborating with downtown businesses, arts and community organizations as well as local leaders in our efforts to revitalize the city. Specifically, we’re partnering closely with the Walker Art Center, Artspace (developer of the Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts) and the City of Minneapolis.

Together, we’re making Minneapolis a premiere destination for arts and cultures experiences enjoyed by visitors from around Minnesota.

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Happening Now in the Cultural District

Large-scale murals are a can’t-miss attraction and can be found throughout the cultural district. Five murals have been created by artists like Greg Gossel and Eduardo Kobra.  Learn more.

Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is a walkable urban art experience that connects people to local art and artists in downtown Minneapolis.

Twice per year, Made Here fills windows and other underused spaces throughout the district with art made by local artists. The project has grown from visual displays in windows to live performances, artist markets, pop-up galleries and more.

Since it launched in 2013, Made Here has produced 336 window displays in commercial spaces, making it the largest initiative of its kind in the country. And that presence has mattered. Seven downtown commercial spaces that had a combined vacancy rate of more than 35 years were leased within 12 months of participating in Made Here.

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Photo by Mark Vancleave

Through our public art efforts, Hennepin Theatre Trust works with local and international artists to create arts and cultural experiences for anyone who works, plays, lives or visits downtown Minneapolis. Our work to date includes the now-iconic Bob Dylan mural by Eduardo Kobra; the pop art mural by local artist Greg Gossel; and our Made Here program, which features Minnesota-made artwork and pop-up art activities in underused public spaces.

Our placemaking projects aim to transform how people experience public spaces downtown. We take a glass half-full approach to this work. An alley can become a pop-up market; a sidewalk can be a gathering space with some chairs; and a blank wall can become the perfect kaleidoscope of colors for a selfie.

We know it takes a village to make downtown a destination for everyone – and the work is better and more fun when there is a diversity of voices and experiences at the table. We collaborate with arts organizations, nonprofit service providers, city officials, business leaders, artists, residents and others to uncover opportunities for more people to experience all that downtown Minneapolis has to offer.