About & History

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

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”.

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