Festival Partners

Green Minneapolis and The Commons

The Commons is a 4.2 acre, new public green space downtown bounded by Park Avenue and 4th and 5th Streets. The Commons was designed as a place for respite, everyday activities, and events for residents, workers, and visitors. The Commons is for everyone.

Green Minneapolis is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 multi-project conservancy established to advance the vitality of downtown Minneapolis through parks, greening and program activation. Green Minneapolis engages in strategic public, private and philanthropic partnerships to advance the common goal of creating a vibrant public realm.

Hennepin County Library

Hennepin County Library’s mission is to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. We envision a Hennepin County where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.

Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District

The Mpls Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a business-led, 501(c)6 non-profit with a mission to make downtown a vibrant and attractive place for recruiting and retaining businesses, employees, residents, shoppers, students and visitors. This is accomplished by providing services that make over 120 blocks of downtown cleaner, greener and safer. DID also serves as a catalyst, facilitator, convener and promoter of public-private partnerships, collaborations and services that enhance the downtown experience.

The Commons

The Commons is a 4.2 acre public green space in downtown Minneapolis. The park is bounded by 4th and 5th Streets and Park Avenue and 5th Avenue.

African Economic Development Solutions

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) builds wealth within African immigrant and Black heritage communities through our economic development activities, including business development training, homeownership education, technical assistance and transforms built environments to facilitate healthy, vibrant communities. At AEDS we also take pride in our focus on arts and culture as a tool for community development.

Museum of Minneapolis

The mission of Museum of Minneapolis (MoM) is to engage, represent, and collaborate with diverse communities through collection initiatives, education, exhibits, and public programs. The overarching goal of MoM is to celebrate all people through community art projects and facilitation of equitable representation in the historical narrative of Minneapolis.

zAmya Theater Project of St. Stephen’s Human Services

zAmya Theater Project uses creativity, collaboration, and community-based theater to build understanding and connection between citizens with and without experience in homelessness toward a vision of a community with safe, stable, and affordable housing options for all. zAmya is a Sanskrit word that means “aiming for peace.”

Catalyst Arts

Catalyst Arts aims to build understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists to make changes in their lives and communities. To build understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists to make changes in their lives and communities.

Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae

The Y believes in caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Art

Foci MCGA is a nonprofit glass studio. We provide space for artists, educators and the public to gather, learn and practice the ancient art of shaping molten glass. The gallery and studio are free to visit and open to the public Monday – Sunday, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Minneapolis Art Lending Library

The Minneapolis Art Lending Library (MALL) is a nonprofit organization which lends original works of art to the public, free of charge. MALL allows anyone to live with original art in their homes, and gives artists an alternative platform to share their work.

Minnesota Sacred Harp Singers

The Minnesota State Sacred Harp Singing Convention meets regularly to sing from The Sacred Harp and other American shaped-note tunebooks. We’re a singing community, not a performance group. We have all-day singings (“conventions”) in February, July and September, and two-hour singings at least once a week. Our schedule is at http://mnfasola.org/.

MN Artists

Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Midwestern artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public.

Mn Artists is made possible by generous support from The McKnight Foundation.

Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)

The Native American Community Development Institute acts as a catalyst to help Native people create the future they envision. Our work is founded on the belief that all American Indian people have a place, purpose, and a future strengthened by sustainable community development.

NACDI initiates projects that benefit the Native community, often in partnership with other Indigenous-led organizations.

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota is a hub for unlocking the transformative role of bicycles. CMM acquires and maintains collections to support exhibitions, events, programs, and more. Through our work, people will better understand the foundational and continual influence of cycling and cyclists on our past, present and future.

Weavers Guild of Minnesota

The Weavers Guild of Minnesota’s mission is to preserve and advance the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing.

Weisman Art Museum

Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.