CFPA - Center for Performing Arts - Minneapolis




CFPA announced the planning process for a building expansion in the spring of 2019 to provide two 100-seat performance spaces, more community gathering spaces, different kinds of tenant and studio spaces, and better accessibility to occupants of CFPA. With construction expected to be complete in spring 2021, the goal of the expansion is to more flexibly and accessibly reach audiences, artists, and the neighborhood.

CFPA has a vibrant history of supporting and activating artist-led performance-based initiatives, using art to stimulate thought, discussion, and action related to social justice and personal/cultural growth. This expansion intends to carry CFPA into its next 25 years, moving forward its commitment to the vitality of the creative process, guided by the principle that both art and community are stronger when shaped through divergent perspectives.

Vision for the Future

The expansion will broaden not just CFPA’s physical space, but our mission, programming, and support services. The Performance Collective, an artist-led initiative located at CFPA, is actively shaping a creative ecosystem that sustainably supports artists and their work, in which artists and the public share investment, resources, risk, and reward. Learn more.


Last week, Stahl completed plumbing penetrations, routing the domestic water line, and exterior sheathing. They’ve also nearly completed stair #3 installation and exterior window punches and will complete this work next week.

Week of May 10 / 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

  • 5/12: permanent power will be connected to the building – Excel Energy will arrive at approximately 9am to facilitate crossing over the power to the existing building
  • 5/13: City of Minneapolis will connect the new addition to the water main
  • installing drain tiles, pouring stairwells, begin grading the North and West sides of the property, and installing pipe grid supports
  • continuous work onsite will include wall framing and window installation
  • pedestrian traffic should use the South sidewalk along 38th St
  • construction will be occurring on Saturdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Open Houses


Has the stay at home order delayed the work on the project? Do you expect it will slow the work down?

We understand that the Governor’s orders have not impacted timeline on the project, as construction is considered an essential service.

Who will be using the spaces? Do you have new artists moving in?

The spaces are open to any artists! Current members of our community—or new ones!

What lighting, audio, and video projection capabilities will the new space contain? How fixed/flexible will the performing and audience be?

The two spaces on the first floor will have a grid with LED instruments. Audio system includes wall controlled blue-tooth speakers, mixer and ports for mics and ethernet. We plan to have a projector with movable screens to be used in either space. The idea is to create flexible, shared resources in these spaces so they can be used in a variety of configurations. The audio controls will be on a moveable cart and the “lighting booth” will be mobile.

Will anything be done to block sound from traveling to neighboring buildings and houses? If so, how loud can we get?

We have had acousticians consult us on the construction materials and extra acoustical support in the addition with special focus on the two first floor spaces. Please let us know if you have specific needs!

When might our downstairs garden space be handicapped-accessible? Can you please recap what kitchen facilities we can access?

The lower level of the existing building will be accessible with a lift off the main lobby of the addition. The catering kitchen plan includes refrigerators, dishwasher, sinks, and ways to keep food heated.

Please share the bird safety features that have been incorporated into the design, in particular the type of glass or treatment you chose and the lighting scheme that will meet the Center's needs while ensuring birds are safe. We would also like to hear about the landscaping plan; ideally it should exclusively use native plants, to help pollinators and birds.

We can connect you to the design team for further information on bird safety. And you’ll be happy to know we’ve always prioritized native plants with special focus on pollinators. We have had bees on our site on and off for many years.