Important Historical Documents

Industrial Land Use and Zoning in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts  District – This report intends to provide an analysis of industrial land use and industrial zoning in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Industrial land use and industrial zoning have played an important role in shaping and enabling the Arts District, which now supports approximately 1200 artists working across about 1.2 million square feet of building space. This report also engages with the building owners of arts use buildings in the Arts Districts. They provide insights into the benefits the Arts District creates for artists and business owners, and they articulate the value that the historically industrial buildings of the Arts District offer.

The Minneapolis Creative Index 2018 – “The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (ACCE) at the City of Minneapolis is pleased to present the 2018 Minneapolis Creative Index. This report examines the impact of Minneapolis’ arts and cultural offerings, reliably tracks economic and demographic data, and investigates other issues related to the city’s creative economy.” –Gülgün Kayim Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy City of Minneapolis

Art Survey Responses – This survey was conducted by NE-AD and the Northeast Chamber of Commerce in May 2018. Highlights include:

  • 85% of artists own a home which was consistent to the first Arts Action Plan in 2003 
  • Artists purchase a lot of goods and services from local businesses in the Arts District. Siwek Lumber and Continental Clay were the top places artist shop.
  • 50% of the respondents identified as Mid-career artists
  • over 75% sell work out of their studios and through art events with higher a percentage of their sales being local.
  • Only 20% of artists get grants. 
  • 98% said they voted in the last election.

NE-AD Creative Sustainability Forum – Presented by the NE-AD Board of Directors and Solar Arts by Chowgirls June 6, 2016. 

Creative MN 2015 – As the most comprehensive report ever done of the nonprofit creative sector, Creative Minnesota is a new effort to fill the gaps in available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. It kicks off a new centralized, concentrated and long-term endeavor to collect and report data on the creative sector every two years for analysis, education and advocacy.

Minneapolis Creative Vitality Index 2014 – This is the first annual update of the MINNEAPOLIS CREATIVE VITALITY INDEX (CVI) data, which debuted last year in The Minneapolis Creative Index 2013 report. The CVI data provides one way of measuring the impact of the creative sector by looking at the region’s share of creative jobs, arts spending, and creative for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Arts Action Plan 2002 – The creation of the Arts Action Plan for Northeast Minneapolis has been many years in the making, and is the immediate result of seven months of careful and intense thought and research into how to sustain and support Northeast Minneapolis – the artists’ community as well as the history and unique flavor of the entire area – as the 21st century progresses.