Breaking Ground

 Learn. Experience. Celebrate.


Register Now for Breaking Ground on October 14 + 15:
New Possibilities for Arts-Led Community Change


Breaking Ground is a two-day multifaceted exploration of how artists across America are helping build better communities. Join Artspace in the Twin Cities on October 14 and 15 to discover what's possible where artists thrive. 

EXPLORE emerging trends with leaders like Carlton Turner of Alternate ROOTS, Margaret Hunt of Colorado Creative Industries, Arleta Little of the McKnight Foundation and artists Nerissa Street, Osh Ghanimah, JR Russ, Bao Phi, Dipankar Mukherjee, Tish Jones, Carolyn Holbrook, Rosy Simas and many others. Friday, October 14, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Presentations, discussions and reception
@ The Cowles Center

EXPERIENCE guided tours and art making opportunities at some of the Twin Cities’ most essential art spaces, including Juxtaposition Arts, the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, the Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts. Following these tours, we'll head to the phenomenal St. Paul Art Crawl, in Lowertown in St. Paul.
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
@ Various Twin Cities' art spaces and the Lowertown Art Crawl

CELEBRATE artists at the fourth annual awards ceremony recognizing Artspace resident artists who are working at the intersection of arts and social change.
Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Artists Award Ceremony
@ Bedlam Theatre

REGISTER NOW for the entire two days or whichever track best suit your interests. Learn More


Schedule, Conference Sessions and Art Experiences

A full listing of the Breaking Ground activities

Learn about the Speakers

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

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. Learn about this year's honorees.

Sponsors Who Make it Possible

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

Tickets, Transportation, and Hotel Information

Reserve your tickets, get a light rail pass, and find out about hotel options


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.

Experience Breaking Ground 2016

CAFAC Live Demo

Resident Artist & Artspace Staff

Resident Artist Jodi Reeb

Bedlam Theatre

Artspace Prez Kelley Lindquist

Resident Artist In Action

Art Crawl A-Z Gallery

Art Crawl

Distance Learning