Community Planning & Economic Development

Phone: (612) 673-5095
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Business Resources for Artists

Artists and arts organizations play a valuable role in economic and community development in the City of Minneapolis. A number of the City tools available broadly to support business growth are available to artists and arts organizations. The most frequently used ones are noted here.

Business Loans

Finding a Site

City Economic Development staff provide assistance to businesses, non-profits, cultural institutions, and other entities that grow the city’s economy in finding just the right location within Minneapolis. Please call Miles Mercer at (612) 673-5043.

Business Technical Assistance

There are a number of organizations and businesses that provide technical assistance in business planning, bookkeeping, obtaining financing, merchandizing and marketing to Minneapolis businesses. For a referral please call Daniel Bonilla, 612-6373-5232

Murals and Façade Improvements

The Citys Great Streets Façade Improvement Matching Grants Program includes financial support for façade improvements (including murals) in several business districts throughout the city. The program is administered by community and business organizations.

Real Estate Development Financing



Hollywood Theater
The Hub Bike Co-op
Loring Ramp
Nokomis Pet Clinic
Quality Coaches
Ted Cook’s 19th Hole

Façade improvement matching grants

Cedar Cultural Center
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
Patrick’s Cabaret

Financing and real estate development assistance

Capri Theater
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
Guthrie Theater
Hennepin Avenue Theaters (State, Orpheum, Pantages, Hennepin Stages)
In the Heart of the Beast Theater
Jungle Theater
Juxtaposition Arts
MacPhail Center for Music
Northern Clay Center
Playwright Center
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts
Ritz Theater
Walker Art Center

Online information from the City of Minneapolis at

Last updated Mar 6, 2014