Performance Collective

The Performance Collective is an artist-led initiative founded to radically re-develop models for economic and artistic sustainability, where artists share investment, resources, risk, and benefit.

Artist-members are employed to expand programming, relationships, and partnerships in the Twin Cities community. The Collective is building a blended community investment model that incorporates diverse revenue streams and responds to evolving community needs.

Research with local artists and the public made it clear that:

  1. artists need additional opportunities—and spaces—to develop and show work, and
  2. our community is ripe for a revolution in the economics of art-making.

The Collective is part of a small arts ecosystem in which space is affordable, materials are shared, collaboration is the norm, and artists are in relationship with mentors and other resources—all while being compensated for their time, effort, shared knowledge, experience, and creations.

Within this creative ecosystem, artists earn the freedom and ability to reflect, experiment, and create new processes and works. 

Over 2020, local artists have iterated this model with us, using their skills and knowledge to expand the Collective in Fall 2021.

We are deep in planning for next year. We have engaged facilitators to unite the best business thinking with the best artistic thinking, as we continue building our leadership models. And we will be rolling out artist development and public programming after the first of the year – stay tuned!

Want to learn about this model? Interested in being a part of the Collective’s growth?

Grow With Us

The Campaign for Imaginative Action has begun! The Performance Collective is currently raising funds for equipment, and programming to create opportunities for art-based dialogue, engagement, and empathy. Learn more and give here:





Sponsored by

The Performance Collective is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization.