CFPA - Center for Performing Arts - Minneapolis


In spring 2019, CFPA announced the planning process for a building expansion that will provide two 100-seat performance spaces, tenant and studio spaces, and better accessibility. The goal of the expansion is to add space for more performances and community gatherings, serving audiences, artists, and the neighborhood.

“Amid a local arts landscape that has recently seen at least eight long-standing performance organizations and venues close or reduce operations, we saw a critical opportunity to fill a need,” said CFPA Founder and Executive Director Jackie Hayes. “Our artist and neighborhood communities are looking for more space to gather around arts activity and programs, and for new models to achieve business success at the same time. We are creating a shared space and programming where artists and audiences both benefit—a place that is a sustaining ecosystem for everyone.”

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2020. CFPA continually engages with artists, neighbors and consultants, which is informing the expansion’s physical structure and its programming. With gathering limitations in place due to COVID-19, CFPA began a series of Expansion [Virtual] Open Houses, to keep our community updated as expansion develops:

Stay tuned for information on our next Open House,
and please submit any burning expansion questions below!

Expansion FAQ

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.

Expansion News