A large part of our mission at A Conspiracy of Strange Girls is to elevate creative work by voices traditionally marginalized in patriarchal society. In keeping with this goal, we have started this resources page as a way to help spread the word about local arts organizations that champion creatives bringing BIPOC, LGBTQA, Immigrant, Adaptive, Neurodivergent and Women-led stories to the forefront of Minneapolis’ art scene.
We welcome your suggestions for inclusion in our resources page, and we hope that it will grow and evolve with input and feedback from our communities! If you have something to add, please fill out the short form below and hit submit. Because we have limited volunteer time to update our list, we cannot include one-time events or individual artists, but we will add annual events, arts organizations and resources that are available on an ongoing basis and that speak to our mission above.
All My Relations Arts - All My Relations Arts honors and strengthens relationships between contemporary American Indian artists and the living influence of preceding generations, between artists and audiences of all ethnic backgrounds, and between art and the vitality of the American Indian Cultural Corridor.
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent - CHAT envisions a vibrant community where Hmong American artists are inspired to share their perspectives, valued for their creative contributions, and empowered to challenge life’s boundaries.
Free Black Dirt - FREE BLACK DIRT IS AN EXPERIMENTAL ARTS COLLECTIVE OF DOPENESS
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts - Since 1996, Interact’s mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability has opened doors for artists with disabilities and audiences eager to experience their work. Artists might never have seen the arts as a life choice, but now see the arts as essential to their humanity. With over 100 artists working in theater and studio arts, Interact is multi-cultural, intergenerational, and embraces the entire spectrum of disability labels.
Juxtaposition Arts - Juxtaposition Arts envisions the youth of North Minneapolis entering the creative workforce as dynamic innovators and problem solvers with the confidence, skills and connections they need to accomplish their educational and professional goals, and to contribute to the revitalization of the communities where they live and work.
Minnehaha Free Space - The Minnehaha Free Space, a project of the Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective, is a community resource hub and social center located at 3747 Minnehaha Avenue in South Minneapolis.
MIZNA - Mizna is a Twin Cities non-profit arts organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture. We publish the literary journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and offer varied other readings, performances, art projects, and community events involving an exceptionally talented and diverse range of local, national, and international Arab American artists.
The Somali Museum - The Somali Museum is the home of traditional Somali arts in Minnesota. Displaying a collection of over 700 pieces, and offering educational programs about Somali traditional culture that are not offered anywhere else, the Somali Museum offers an unrivaled opportunity for Minnesotans of all backgrounds to encounter and learn about Somali traditional culture.
Soomaal House of Art - Soomaal House of Art (Soomaal) is a Minnesota-based Somali art collective that provides studio space, studio critiques, artistic community, mentorships for younger Somali artists and an annual exhibition space with educational programming.
Two Rivers Gallery - Two Rivers Gallery is located at the Minneapolis American Indian Center along the American Indian Cultural Corridor. Our mission is to expose local emerging Native artists by providing a space to exhibit work, nurture creativity and provide professional development. Two Rivers is an active space for the community to build relationships and to collaborate strengthening Native art and artistic voices within the Twin Cities.
Annual Art Events
Bare Bones Puppets - Mission: To bring art into community and community into art through movement, puppetry and spectacle performance; creative re-use, education, and collaboration.Our grandest production is The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a cult favorite throughout the Twin Cities.
FLOW Northside Arts Crawl - Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside.
In the Heart of the Beast’s May Day Parade - In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s annual MayDay Parade, Ceremony, and Festival has been a vibrant example of art as community building in the Twin Cities area for 44 years.
Owámni Falling Water Festival - Owámni means “falling water” in the Dakota language, making it an apt name for a festival beside the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. This free and family-friendly event celebrates indigenous Minnesota culture with music, art, food, and more.
Gadfly Theatre - Gadfly Theatre Productions is entering our NINETH season of queer, feminist art and wild ride it's been! We've tackled queer identity, community infighting, abortion, and more queer geekery than even thought to exist in theatre canon previously. We had a beautiful art gallery for a season, and we let it go to find a bigger, more accessible space (which we're still working on!) We brought Drunk Queer History and Sober Queer History into the world--two great outlets for queer storytellers and improv artists to rally the local LGBTQ+ community around stories from the annals of queer history as well as discuss the living history of their own lives.
Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue Dance - Driving drum rhythms and dazzling costumes hold participants interest, and through each step the dancer in full regalia gives life to the symbols of the dance. The dancers are rooted in cultural understandings of the environment weaving together the Nahuatl cosmovision and creation stories of the Mexican ancestors. These presentations by Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue give students a basic understanding of the Nahuatl/Aztec representations of life through dance.
Mixed Blood Theater - Using theater to illustrate and animate, Mixed Blood changes attitudes, behavior, and policy by paying positive attention to difference. The company’s predictably unpredictable work addresses injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard—on stage, in the workplace, in the company’s own Cedar Riverside neighborhood, and beyond.
New Native Theatre - Based in the Twin Cities, New Native Theatre is a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. Created in 2009 by playwright, Rhiana Yazzie, NNT produces, commissions, and devises authentic Native American stories for the stage which means NNT’s artists are intricately connected to the concerns and voices of their communities. NNT’s plays are shorthand meant to be played for its most vital audiences, Native people, because when specific stories are made for Native community itself, they become undeniably powerful for the broader community too, no translations required.
Pangea World Theater - Pangea illuminates the human condition, celebrates cultural differences, and promotes human rights by creating and presenting international, multi-disciplinary theater.
Theater Mu - Mu produces great performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience.
Theatre Unbound - Theatre Unbound delivers thought-provoking live theatre conceived and created by women, providing audiences with engaging, rarely-seen perspectives on issues that are relevant and universal.
Boneshaker Books - Boneshaker Books is a community supported, collectively organized, and volunteer run bookstore. Our mission is to provide a welcoming space that promotes social justice and movements through books, education, and activism. We offer progressive and radical literature and a place to spark conversation, inform, and inspire.
MayDay Books - Located in the exciting West Bank community in Minneapolis, May Day Books is a volunteer collective dedicated to selling left-wing literature - activist, labor, progressive, populist, labor, working-class, union, anarchist, green, socialist, Marxist, Leninist, Trotskyist, Maoist, radical, feminist, African-American, Latino, Indigenous People, GLBT, community-oriented, survivalist, Do-It-Yourself (DIY), conspiracy analyst; rock and roll music — and providing a space for political education and camaraderie.
Minnesota Black Author’s Expo - The MN Black Author’s Expo gives black authors an opportunity to sell their books, promote literacy, display their talents, network and meet other authors.
Twin Cities Zinefest - The Twin Cities Zine Fest is an annual celebration of zines and self publishing in the Twin Cities and beyond. TCZF aims to sustainably support self publishing and the DIY ethic in our communities, with an intersectional focus on politically and socially engaged zines, community partnership, and amplifying the voices of those who have been historically unheard.
Quatrefoil Library - The Quatrefoil Library’s mission is to provide a welcoming place to foster GLBT community, culture, and camaraderie through literature and media. The Quatrefoil Library is a unique resource and is completely independent of city and state government funding. The QLibrary belongs to the Twin Cities GLBT community.
Green Garden Bakery - We are a group of young entrepreneurs from Heritage Park - North Minneapolis who are driven by a passion to change the world one healthy and delicious baked good at a time. Green Garden Bakery grows vegetables in our community garden, bakes them into healthy vegetable-based desserts for every diet (vegan, gluten free, sugar free), and markets them using sustainable practices.
Pickle Witch & #SupportLocalHustle - #SupportLocalHustle aims to be a safer space for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). BIPOC are often unsafe, disrespected, or erased in spaces that do not explicitly center us. When we feel safe and welcome, we are able to fully be ourselves, bringing our art, food, and what we love to the world.
Conflict Resolution Center - CRC’s Mission is to bring people together to find lasting and effective solutions to conflict.
Cultural Wellness Center - The Cultural Wellness Center is one of the primary community and cultural knowledge-production organizations in the Twin Cities region. We are about people, from people, and for people. We partner with organizations, institutions, and people within communities to develop models to solve problems and create lasting solutions. Our People’s Theory of Sickness states that individualism, loss of culture, and loss of community, makes you sick. In many cases, this is at the core of the problems faced by people in communities.