Mission Statement: To catalyze the innovative spirit of artists through generative community arts development.

Recent activities, accomplishments:

  • Mounted exhibits at the Minneapolis & Saint Paul International Airport during 2021 promoting the fine art and craft of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Another prominent group of displays at the airport is planned for the latter half of 2022.
  • Formed a Land Trust Task Force and received recommendations for preserving land in the district for arts uses in a study report through Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
  • Voted in the top two for Best Arts District nationwide in the USA Today 10Best Readers Choice travel awards in 2015 and 2020.
  • Fiscal-sponsored NE Sculpture | Gallery Factory, which worked with developers to integrate functional and public art into their landscapes. NE Sculpture is assembling sculpture trails along 22nd Avenue, including JROW between 22nd and 23rd near Jefferson, and along Marshall Street.
  • Continued producing the Northeast Calendar.
  • Held candidate forums for District 60A, First Ward and Third Ward.
  • Produced the e-newsletter Arts District News monthly for Arts District followers.
  • Produced the monthly Arts Insights page in the Northeaster newspaper.

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District (NE-AD) was officially designated an arts district in 2003 by the City of Minneapolis. NE-AD’s Board of Directors was established in 2014.

On December 30, 2020 we merged with Northeast Community Development Corporation, enhancing  the defense of the Arts District’s geography for use by artists and arts related businesses.

The Arts at Work

Our Goals

    • Our mandate is to be the guardian of the official Arts District as a citywide presence.
    • Our goal for the organization is to build leadership capacity.
    • Our goal for the community is to engage all stakeholders to define an evolving vision for the future of the arts in Northeast Minneapolis.
    • NE-AD is the VOICE of the Northeast arts community.