CFPA - Center for Performing Arts - Minneapolis

Announcing: Planning Process for Building Expansion

March 29th, 2019

cfpa announces planning process for building expansion

Goal is to add space for more performances and community gatherings; serving audiences, artists and the neighborhood.

The Center for Performing Arts (cfpa) in South Minneapolis is pleased to announce the planning process for a building expansion that will provide additional office and studio space, and larger venues for more performances and community gatherings. cfpa is a community where artists develop their practice, and it’s no secret that the building is regularly at full capacity, turning down studio inquiries for lack of space. cfpa has also experienced a growing need for arts space in light of several space closures and the dwindling number of arts venues in Minneapolis.

This project will both further cfpa’s mission and respond to the needs voiced by tenants, clients, neighbors and the arts community. At this time, cfpa is happy to share that:

The existing convent building will remain fully operational alongside work on the expansion.
The new space will be adjacent to the current building.
The expansion meets one of cfpa’s essential goals, which is to increase physical accessibility to the entire facility, without compromising the integrity or historic sentiment of the existing building.
cfpa will intentionally engage current and potential tenants, members of the arts community, and the neighborhood for feedback, ideas, and suggestions.

Updates on advances in the planning and decision-making process will be available by mid-April at

About cfpa

Center for Performing Arts is a community built by artists, for artists, teachers, students, audiences, and neighbors of many interests and traditions to assemble and to develop their work. We are dedicated to the vitality of the creative process. We are guided by the principle that art practice is stronger when it grows in context with divergent approaches and points of view. We support a range of practitioners to teach, learn, workshop, and practice, in order to sustain their work and their lives as creative and contributing members of their communities.

cfpa’s programming aims to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.