New Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs approved

July 23, 2021

The Minneapolis City Council has approved the creation of a new Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs, which will begin to take shape this fall.

The department is charged with advancing a diverse and active arts and cultural environment that recognizes and draws on the full potential of Minneapolis’ artists and arts organizations. The purpose of its work is to reflect and respond to civic concerns and aspirations, and enrich the lives of all people who live in, work in and visit Minneapolis by:

  • Promoting the city as a center for arts and culture.
  • Fostering Minneapolis’ arts and culture assets.
  • Advancing cultural equity, equality and inclusion.
  • Developing and implementing arts and culture programs and initiatives to encourage greater participation in, and increased public access to, arts and culture in Minneapolis.

Read more about the new department in the ordinance.

“This action signifies a vital response to the challenges our creative community has experienced due to the global pandemic and the murder of Mr. George Floyd,” said Council Member Alondra Cano, lead author of the ordinance. “By establishing this new Department, we demonstrate we are committed to growing our region’s cultural infrastructure so we may further stabilize and strengthen our local creative economy. Our Council action renews our government’s capacity to achieve racial equity outcomes by increasing the level of support we can offer the diverse artists, culture makers, and innovative problem solvers of our city. I’m proud of all the visionary staff, and grateful to all of the hardworking residents, who helped us to establish Minneapolis’ first ever Arts and Cultural Affairs Department supported by ordinance.”

Next steps

The budget for the new department will be determined through the 2022 City budget process.