Hennepin Theatre Trust COVID-19 Updates

Hennepin Theatre District

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. The theatres 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 event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue expands the Trust’s capacity for diverse performances and events, and the organization’s transformation of the places and spaces outside the theatres create a vibrant, welcoming place for all. 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.

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 or lives in 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 former Made Here program, which featured Minnesota-made artwork and pop-up art activities in underused public spaces.

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

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

“It’s the People” is inspired by the people whose experiences and stories create the unique vibrancy of Hennepin Avenue, this major public art project captures the heart and soul of Minneapolis’ most famous street. It features nine large-scale portraits displayed on five buildings between 5th and 10th Streets in downtown Minneapolis. The portraits are created by renowned Minnesota artists and feature the avenue’s regulars, from business owners to transit workers to theatregoers. Learn more.

“Art Connects Us” is a series of original artworks created by Minnesota-based artists that feature messages of hope and gratitude to those who are working on the front lines in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and meaningful responses to the killing of George Floyd and the worldwide outcry for justice. This installment was made possible with the support of our partner Clear Channel Outdoor and their digital billboards located around the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 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.

Made Here filled windows and other underused spaces throughout the Theatre 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 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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Hennepin Theatre Trust — in collaboration with local and national partners — creates welcoming downtown experiences for all with 5 to 10 on Hennepin5 to 10 on Hennepin  activates the surface parking lot at 500 Hennepin Avenue with a monthly outdoor live music series that is family-friendly. Learn more.