Welcome to the Casket Arts Community

casketvilleThe Casket Arts Community houses three of the newest old factory buildings in Northeast Minneapolis, plus the Franconia in the City Sculpture Park. The three historic structures - the Casket Arts Building, the Carriage House and the Factory, were converted to studios in 2006. The structures are stunning - aged brick, century old wood floors, cast concrete, ancient iron and steel. All the buildings have been beautifully restored to maintain their historic character.

Over 140 artists and art-based businesses inhabit the Casket Arts Community. Most of its tenants run full-time working studios, but open their work spaces for First Thursdays every month as well as for Art-a-Whirl, Open Casket and many other exhibits and showings throughout the year.

First Thursday - Autumn Rising- Sept. 3, 5-9pm

Autumn risingCasket Arts presents September First Thursday “Autumn Rising” with Open Studios, Food & Live Music. Come for the art; stay for the rest! 

Artists Showcase of their interperation of Autumn will be filling up the first floor lobby of the Casket Arts Building. Music performances by Jack Klatt, 6pm-7pm and The Last Revel, 7:30pm-8:30pm will be performed in the 4th floor lobby. Riffs Smokehouse will be serving delicious BBQ meats and sauces.

Artist studios will be open throughout the Casket Arts Building and in the Carriage House, so be sure to explore the buildings and see what we’re working on for Fall.. A one night only event that is free to the public!

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USA Today recognizes Northeast Minneapolis Arts District as best Arts District in America

casketvilleUSA Today recognized the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District as the best arts district in America. In February, a USA Today panel of judges selected the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District as a top 20 finalist. In an online poll conducted over the past three weeks, readers, American travelers and arts patrons selected the thriving Northeast Minneapolis Arts District #1 over districts in Boston, Baltimore, Dallas and other cities.

“This is a wonderful affirmation of the cultural vitality of Northeast Minneapolis. There is no arts district in the country that offers such a rich combination of accomplished artists, unique studio spaces and diverse urban neighborhoods,” said Alejandra Pelinka, Executive Director of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA). Pelinka was the driving force behind Wintertide, a very successful juried art show earlier this year.

“This unique congregation of arts-focused activity should be recognized for its cultural and economic contributions to the neighborhood, city and region,” said Brenda Kayzar, President of the Board of NEMAA.  “It is wonderful that this recognition comes as NEMAA and the northeast arts community gear up for the 20th year of Art-A-Whirl®, an open studio event the third weekend every May,” she added.  Immediate Past Board President Carmen Gutierrez-Bolger, herself an accomplished artist, stressed that the area has seen a great deal of positive momentum over the past several years. “We are committed to taking our artists to an even greater place in the years to come, and look forward to continuing to support the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.”

First Thursdays

First Thursdays First Thursdays is the Open Studio and Gallery Tour held the first Thursday of each month in the NE Minneapolis Arts District. Many of our professional NEMAA member artists open their studios and greet visitors. With a more relaxed atmosphere, this mini-AAW is a great experience for the art collector and browser. Open Studios at the Casket Arts Building , 681 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Open Studios at the Casket Arts-Carriage House, 1720 17th Ave.NE, Minneapolis 5:00-9:00 p.m