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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

Location: 508-516 Hennepin Avenue

Status: Completed in September 2011

Objective: Development of The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (formerly known as the Minnesota Shubert Center), the state’s first flagship center for dance and other performing arts.

In addition to strengthening a cultural and educational institution, the project will stabilize a challenged block of downtown Hennepin Avenue, utilize green building techniques, and create dozens of construction and operational jobs for women, minorities, union workers, and Minneapolis residents.

Description: The project consists of rehabilitating the Shubert Theater and constructing a new "Great Hall" connecting with the adjacent Hennepin Center for the Arts building. Both the Shubert Theater and the Hennepin Center for the Arts (also known as the Masonic Temple) are designated local historic landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Artspace Projects, based in Minneapolis and the nation’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, is completing the project. The total project budget is approximately $40 million dollars. The project has leveraged funding from the State of Minnesota, City of Minneapolis, and the federal stimulus Recovery Act, to raise millions of dollars from numerous corporate, foundation, and individual supporters.

City Contact: Miles Mercer, (612) 673-5043

Online Report: October 20, 2009

Last updated Oct. 28, 2011