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Franklin ArtWorks

1021 Franklin Avenue East

Franklin ArtWorks, a multipurpose art space that houses a gallery and flexible theater seating for dance, music, readings and film, is the result of the renovation of a 1916 silent movie house originally named the New Franklin Theatre. This newly discovered jewel along East Franklin was unearthed primarily with the financial support of the Phillips neighborhood using Neighborhood Revitalization Program funding.


New Franklin Cultural Center, Inc.


$847,335 Phillips NRP


$60,000 Metropolitan Council Livable Communities Grant


$41,300 Private Sources

City Investment: 


Total Development Cost: 


Building Size:            

10,000 square feet—community theater


1,200 square feet—art gallery

Renovation Began:




For More Information:

Tim Peterson, Director, Franklin ArtWorks (612) 872-7494

CPED Project Coordinator Darrell Washington (612) 673-5174.

Information subject to change.

April 2000

Last updated Oct 28, 2011