Breaking Ground

 Learn. Experience. Celebrate.

Join Artspace in the Twin Cities on October 14 and 15 for an immersive arts and community idea lab, designed for idea generation and interaction. 

LEARN: Spend the day sharing knowledge with artists, community and civic leaders, non-profit partners, and creative ground breakers from across the country at a day-long conference of presentations, workshops and conversations on creative placemaking.

EXPERIENCE: Visit some of the vibrant places and organizations in the Twin Cities where art and community intersect, including the St. Paul Art Crawl, the Downtown Minneapolis Cultural Corridor, and the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center.

CELEBRATE: Join the party as we honor artists from around the country who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities with the Artspace Artist Awards.

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A full listing of the Breaking Ground activities

Conference Sessions

Full descriptions of conference sessions on Friday, October 14

Speaker Bios

See the full line-up of artists and experts participating in Breaking Ground

Art Experiences

Immerse yourself in some of the amazing art spaces and organizations that are making a difference in the Twin Cities

The Artspace Awards

The Artspace Awards, presented Saturday, October 15, recognize the achievements of three individual artists and one arts supporter who have shown a commitment to advancing the arts and enriching their communities. 


Our thanks to the great organizations who are making these events possible

Tickets and Hotel Information

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Resources for members of the media

Ideas & Insights

The Artist Impact: An Artspace National Story Series

This series of articles in The Line tell artists' stories, share the impact of artists on their diverse communities, and delve into the importance of artist live/work housing in fostering stability, vitality and creativity in urban and rural areas across the United States.