Artspace Immersion: Twin Cities

Artspace Immersion: Twin Cities is an 18-month cohort program for Twin Cities-based arts, creative, and cultural organizations to advance their facility and space-related goals. 


The program meets monthly, bringing together arts and cultural organizations in various stages of facility and real estate planning. Cohort participants will build skills, strengthen their networks, and receive technical assistance to advance their space-related initiative. The program immerses participants in Artspace’s mission-driven, artist-led process and connects them with other local experts in the field. Artspace draws upon its three decades of experience developing, operating, and consulting on affordable arts facility projects across the country as it assists cohort participants. 


  • Workshops that include activities such as presentations from experts in the field, collaboration with other cohort participants, small group discussions.
  • Individualized technical assistance consulting from the Artspace, which can include pro forma development, document review, and/or site tours. (an approximate $5,000 value)
  • Ongoing mentorship throughout the duration of the program.
  • Tours of local arts/creative spaces to learn about their properties.
  • Access to templates and documents created by Artspace.



  • Self-assess their space initiative’s strengths and weaknesses in the context of the six key components of creative space development planning.
  • Identify their initiative’s challenges/opportunities and outline steps that can be taken to solve, address, maximize and/or leverage them.
  • Locate local, regional, and national resources to help advance their initiative.
  • Articulate a clear and concise vision of their initiative.
  • Demonstrate an increased ability to make financially and operationally sustainable decisions.



  • Dedication to a mission focused on art, cultural, or other creative pursuits
  • Identified space-related initiative (e.g. sustaining a current facility, planning to relocate or expand, deciding to rent or own space, etc.)
  • Capacity to dedicate a 3-person leadership team to the program, from February 2018 through July 2019. Attendance of at least one member is required for each of the 18 meetings.
  • Based in Minneapolis and/or Saint Paul
  • Incorporation as a nonprofit / B-Corp / fiscally sponsored organization
  • Preference given to organizations that serve culturally distinct communities
  • Preference given to organizations with evidence of planning work already completed/underway




  1. Describe your organization’s space-related initiative. What planning has your organization already initiated, if any?
  2. What do you hope to gain by participating in the program and how will you use the information you learn?
  3. Who are your top three funders, and how long have they been funding you?
  4. List the 3-person leadership team that could participate in this cohort, including names, titles, and experience with the organization.
  5. Are you participating / have you participated in any other cohorts. If yes, what was the cohort name, timeframe, and focus?




  • Applications accepted until December 20, 2017 (New Applications Deadline Extension)
  • Accepted participants notified mid-January 2018
  • First Immersion workshop February 9, 2018
  • Cohort will meet every second Friday of the month thru July 2019


Download pdf. version of the application HERE



Please email your responses to with the subject line “Artspace Immersion and [your organization]” by December 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm.