About & History

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District was voted the #1 District in the USA by the readers of USAToday!


The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District brings the City’s Ward 1 and Ward 3 Candidates to The Ritz Theater to discuss local government’s role in the Arts.

Two public forums will address how local government supports artists, and helps to develop, the arts and arts related businesses in Wards 1 and 3, particularly those in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, which straddles both Wards.

Monday, October 16th, 2017 features Ward 1 City Council candidates: John Hayden,Jillia Pessenda, and Kevin Reich, along with Ward 3 City Council candidates: Steve Fletcher, Ginger Jentzen and Samantha Pree-Stinson.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 features current Mayor Betsy Hodges and six new candidates for Mayor: Raymond Dehn, Jacob Frey, Al Flowers, Tom Hoch, Nekima Levy-Pounds, and Aswar Rahman.

Both events will held at The Ritz, 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413 on their respective nights from 7 pm – 9 pm. Both will be followed by an open reception with the candidates from 9 pm – 10 pm at the Rogue Buddha Gallery (next door to The Ritz), 357 13th Avenue NE, Mpls., MN 55413.

PREVIOUSLY The first annual (hopefully!) “Northeast Influential” picnic was held in June 2017. Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event and learn more about the artists who make up the “District”.

ABOUT US! The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District and, thus, its Board of Directors is an outcome of Minneapolis’s 2003 Art Action Plan. Our mission statement: To support artists, arts and culture in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District by encouraging artistic inspiration and creativity, as well as incubating arts related projects while encouraging thoughtful economic growth, tourism, worldwide cultural artistic exchanges, political effectiveness and community connectivity.

The geographic boundaries of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District are the Mississippi River on the West, 26th Avenue on the North, Central Avenue on the East and Broadway on the South in the city of Minneapolis, MN. Helpful information about the City of Minneapolis’ creative community can be found in its 2014 Creative Vitality Index.

The district contains a diverse mix of businesses, restaurants, parks, art galleries and studios as well as industrial and residential property. Warehouses and rail yards are interspersed with homes, churches and family-run businesses. Artists populate many of the historic and formerly industrial buildings, which have been re-purposed and renovated into studios, galleries and performance spaces. Independent galleries have sprung up throughout Northeast, with a concentration along the District’s 13th Avenue.

The Board extends appreciation and gratitude to the District’s previous fiscal agent, the Northeast Community Development Corporation. It also looks forward to continued support from long-standing friends: the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) staff, Northeast Community Development Corporation staff, the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and interested community members.

For more information contact the Board of Directors at NEMADBoard(at)gmail(dot)com