More than a decade in the making, The Cowles Center has filled a major void in the Twin Cities’ arts scene by providing office, rehearsal and performance space for small and midsize arts organizations. Centrally located, affordable and specifically designed for dance, this three-building complex in downtown Minneapolis boasts two theaters (500 and 200 seats), 10 dance studios, and administrative space for some 20 nonprofit groups, including many of the area’s leading dance companies.
In addition, The Cowles connects arts educators and students across the country by means of an award-winning, industry-leading distance learning program. Launched in 2004, the program uses interactive videoconference technology to reach students throughout Minnesota — and, increasingly, the world.
A new atrium, which serves as the Center’s lobby and houses its state-of-the-art distance learning studio, also serves as the link for two Minneapolis landmarks, an 1888 Masonic Temple known since 1979 as the Hennepin Center for the Arts (HCA), and the 1910 Shubert (now the Goodale) Theater, which originally stood two blocks away. Artspace acquired HCA in 1997 and the long-vacant theater the following year. Over 12 memorable days in February 1999, the theater was moved two blocks to its new home on Hennepin Avenue. At 5.8 million pounds, it was the heaviest building ever moved on rubber tires.
Miller Dunwiddie Architecture
State of Minnesota City of Minneapolis
Artspace ProjectsMary Lyn and Richard Ballantine Best Buy Children’s Foundation Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation Marney and Conley Brooks, Sr. Cassidy & AssociatesCity of MinneapolisRussell CowlesSage and John CowlesDance/USAKenneth and Judy DaytonMary Lee DaytonWendy and Doug DaytonDigital RiverFord FoundationGeneral Mills Foundation Katherine and Robert Goodale HRK Foundation, including: The Hayes Fund, The Art & Martha Kaemmer Fund, The Pugsley Fund & The Mary H. Rice Foundation Ruth and John Huss The Kresge Foundation Friends of Kelley Lindquist Nadine and Bill McGuireMinnesota State Building & Construction Trades: Market Recovery Program; Laborers’ District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 292; Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 10; United Union of Roofers, Local 96; International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, Local 34; Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association, Local 265Phileona Foundation Pohlad Family Foundation RBC FoundationElizabeth RedleafGloria and Fred Sewell / Sewell Family FoundationState of Minnesota Stimulus Funds – CDBG Target FoundationTCF FoundationThrivent Financial for Lutherans FoundationU.S. Bancorp FoundationWells Fargo Foundation Minnesota David Wilson and Michael Peterman Margaret and Angus Wurtele
“A new civic treasure... The community can see what can be wrought when a commitment to both the performing arts and historic preservation combine.”
— Editorial Board, Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Cowles Center features 10 dance studios, and administrative space for some 20 non-profi t groups, including many of the area’s leading dance companies. See the Leasing tab for rental information.
The Cowles Center offers affordable office space leasing in the Hennepin Center for the Arts. Spaces range in size from 150 square feet to 2000 square feet. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set up an appointment.
The Cowles Center has event and meeting rooms available for rent; ranging from the Goodale Theater, a beautifully restored 1910 Shubert theater with seating for 500 to a small business conference room for 15. Email email@example.com for more information, pricing and availability.
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