Art Blocks

ART BLOCKS  led by Pillsbury House + Theatre is an opportunity to reach deeper into our community, get connected with our neighbors on a personal level through exciting artistic activities, and in the end strengthen the relationships that make this area around Chicago Avenue a more vibrant place for everyone to live.

ART BLOCKS will convene, train and support 20 community based artists/artist teams to organize their immediate neighbors, engaging them first in art on the blocks where they live, and then in events and performances occurring in the four neighborhoods surrounding the Pillsbury House and Theatre.



  1. Increase access to the arts among the 23,000 people living in Central, Bryant, Bancroft and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods of South Minneapolis.
  2. Increase connections and attachment among residents and artists.
  3. Train and support artists living in these four neighborhoods.

Participating Artist Organizers:

Molly Van Avery, Peter Haakon Thompson, Jenny Jenkins, Andrea Jenkins, Neil Sontag, Jeff Mitchell, Dina Metaweh, Nancy Bauer, Douglas Ewart, Janice Ewart, Roxanne Anderson, Anna Meyer, Xavier Tavera, Genevieve Bennett, Justin Jones, Susan Hirschmugl, Mike Hoyt, Lacey Prpi? Hedtke , Niki Duxbury, Zoe Sommers, Wing Young Huie, Jordan Hamilton, Eduardo Cardenas, Valerie Deus, Sam Gould (RED76)


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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