Franklin Arts Center

A Community Chooses the Arts

1001 Kingwood Street Brainerd, MN, 56401

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Located in the city known as the gateway to Minnesota's Central Lakes District, Franklin Arts Center transformed the former junior high school into a lively community of artists, artisans, arts organizations, and arts-friendly businesses. The mixed-use development includes 25 units of affordable live/work space for creatives and their families, artist studios, commercial space, and community space in the form of two gymnasiums and an auditorium. 

Architect: Miller Dunwiddie Architecture

Community Partner: Crossing Arts Alliance; Brainerd Public Schools

Funders: Blandin Foundation; Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation; Bremer Bank, Brainerd; Crow Wing County Soil and Water Conservation District; Initiative Foundation; Land O'Lakes, Inc.; Mardag Foundation; Mid-Minnesota Credit Union; Otto Bremer Foundation

Financial Partners: Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corporation; Brainerd Public Schools; Crow Wing County; Greater Minnesota Housing Fund; Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development; National Equity Fund; National Park Service/Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office; U.S. Bancorp

est. 2008

Type of Development

Live/Work Affordable Artist Housing

Number of Units


Total Area

146,789 sq. ft.


Resident gallery, a historic look and feel