The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

528 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55403


The Cowles Center fills 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, 10 dance studios, and administrative space for some 20 nonprofits. A state-of-the-art distance learning studio, located in the atrium, connects arts educators and students nationwide via interactive videoconference technology. The lobby also connects two Artspace landmarks: the Hennepin Center for the Arts and Shubert (now Goodale) Theater.

State of Minnesota,  City of Minneapolis, Artspace Projects; Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine; Best Buy Children’s Foundation; Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation; Marney and Conley Brooks, Sr.; Cassidy & Associates; City of Minneapolis; Russell Cowles; Sage and John Cowles; Dance/USA; Kenneth and Judy Dayton; Mary Lee Dayton; Wendy and Doug Dayton; Digital River; Ford Foundation; General 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 McGuire; Minnesota 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 265; Phileona Foundation; Pohlad Family Foundation; RBC Foundation; Elizabeth Redleaf; Gloria and Fred Sewell / Sewell Family Foundation; State of Minnesota Stimulus Funds – CDBG ; Target Foundation; TCF Foundation; Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation; U.S. Bancorp Foundation; Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota ; David Wilson and Michael Peterman ; Margaret and Angus Wurtele



Miller Dunwiddie Architecture


McGough Construction

Development Cost:

$42 million

Square Feet:



Two theaters, 10 dance studios, and admin space