Built in 1886 and included on the National Register of Historic Places, the six-story Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art is one of the most beautiful buildings in Minneapolis’ historic North Loop. An artist cooperative, it was established in 1993 to create stable and affordable studio, teaching, and exhibition space for mid-career visual artists who were being displaced from the neighborhood (then known as the Warehouse District and filled with vacant buildings). Twenty-three large studios on the first three floors feature hardwood floors, high ceilings, exposed brick and beams, and large windows—many with views of the downtown skyline. Creative commercial tenants in the upper three floors include an architecture firm, Graywolf Press, House of Talents, and Artspace itself. A gallery on the ground floor showcases rotating monthly exhibits curated by the artists, who also host annual spring and fall open studios that each draw thousands of visitors.
Greater Metropolitan Minneapolis Housing Corporation; Minneapolis Community Development Agency; Minnesota Nonprofit Assistance Fund; TCF Bank; Dayton Hudson Foundation; General Mills Foundation; The McKnight Foundation; Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission; Piper Jaffray Foundation; and Winthrop & Weinstine
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Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art
23 studios, 1 gallery, and 10 commercial spaces
Stability for artists is really important. Artists tend to be working in spaces that aren’t being used for anything else at the time, but they don’t have a sense of what’s happening next year or next month.