Participating partners in smARTpass are located all over the 7-county metro area and include a variety of museums, nature sites, performance groups, and theaters. These partners generously provide free admissions; they are not reimbursed for their participation.
American Swedish Institute
Nearly 90 years ago, a new immigrant to Minnesota had a vision to create a vibrant cultural gathering place.
Established in 1929, ASI has evolved into a dynamic arts and cultural center that welcomes all people to gather and share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment, and the arts; informed by enduring links to Sweden.
From the gallery spaces, featuring local and international exhibitions, to the lively programming set in the historic Turnblad Mansion, to the shop, and award winning restaurant and café – there are many ways to see yourself at ASI and be part of this story.
Bach Society of Minnesota
Bach & Beyond | Oldest Bach Society in North America | Period Instruments | Historically Informed Performance
Bach Society of Minnesota was founded in 1932, one of the first organizations in North America to take the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach as an exclusive starting point for world-class performances with period instruments and historic performance practices that evoke the depths and passions of Bach’s compositions. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute, the organization continues its focus on collaboration and excellence, striving to create respectful, successful relationships among musicians, audiences, students, and partner organizations, and building a diverse community with a shared passion for performing, promoting, and appreciating the music of J.S. Bach and those he inspired. For more information about Bach Society of Minnesota, its performances, and concert tickets, visit www.bachsocietymn.org.
Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is a community orchestra located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. The BSO is led by Music Director and Conductor Manny Laureano. It is made up of volunteer adult amateur, semi-professional and professional musicians from all around the metro area. Many of our members are professionals who love to play music in their spare time.
Children's Theatre Company
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire 250,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for regional theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to creating world-class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
Classical Actors Ensemble
Classical Actors Ensemble performs the plays of the English Renaissance as they were originally intended: as popular entertainment for everyone. By demonstrating why these works of art are considered classic, we freshly prove their relevance in today’s world.
Cross Community Players
CCP’s mission is to weave artistic expression with charitable support. Our foundation and legacy includes community engagement, artistically compelling productions, and charitable significance; these result in structured, purposeful growth of our organization.
The Fine Line is located in the heart of the Warehouse District, just blocks away from First Avenue on the main level of the Consortium Building. Originally opened as a venue in 1987, the Fine Line has hosted thousands of influential acts over its 30-plus year history.
First Avenue is more than just four walls, a soundboard, and a stage; it is the epicenter of live music and entertainment in Minneapolis. Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020, First Avenue is one of the longest-running independently owned and operated clubs in the United States, as well as one of the most celebrated. San Francisco has the Fillmore. New York has the Bowery Ballroom. D.C. has the 9:30 Club, and Minneapolis has First Avenue & 7th St Entry.
First Avenue is a music club committed to fostering arts, music and entertainment excellence; it is, quite simply, what a music club should be.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
GTCYS broadens access to orchestral music and reaches more than 16,000 children and adults through our core educational programs, free outreach activities and workshops, concerts, and special performances. Our programs provide an exceptional youth orchestra experience for young musicians of all ages and abilities, aiding in their development as young artists and adults.
Hennepin History Museum
Hennepin History Museum saves and shares the diverse history of Hennepin County, Minnesota. Come experience our exhibitions, public programs, and library.
The Metropolitan Ballet, a Twin Cities organization since 2002, is a group of artists with a mission of uniting the communities of dance, music and theater in staging high impact works in the performing art of dance with an emphasis on accessibility, diversity and affordability.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mia inspires wonder with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces, Mia links the past to the present and enables global conversations.
Minnesota Fringe connects adventurous artists with adventurous audiences by creating open, supportive forums for free and diverse artistic expression.
Through our summer festivals and dynamic year-round programming, Minnesota Fringe is an artistic disruptor for local and national artists — to take bold risks, develop new ideas, and hoist themselves to the next rung of their artistic ladder.
As the producer of the largest performing arts festival in the Midwest, our annual Minnesota Fringe Festival event fills 40,000 seats with audiences viewing dozens of works at hundreds of performances by more than 1,000 artists on a variety of stages in late summer. We also create the Minnesota Family Fringe featuring productions for kids and families interested in new, adventurous work.
Minnesota Urban Debate League
Mixed Blood Theatre
Mixed Blood has invited the global village into its audience and onto its stage to experience its unique brand of challenging, inclusive, and predictably unpredictable theatre since 1976. The company was founded by Jack Reuler.
A winner of numerous awards for its human rights and artistic accomplishments, Mixed Blood celebrates differences and champion access. Mixed Blood achieves its mission through strategic programming at its own Alan Page Auditorium, within its Cedar Riverside neighborhood, and in off-site locations throughout the Twin Cities Metro area and the State of Minnesota.
In the heart of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, Northrop presents both online and in-person world-class dance and music performances, speakers, films, exhibits, and more.
In the heart of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, Northrop presents world-class dance and music performances, speakers, films, exhibits, and more.
Open Window Theatre
We’re a professional, multigenerational theatre telling redemptive stories of faith, hope, and reconciliation. Serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area since 2011.
Park Square Theatre
Park Square opened in 1975 in an 80-seat walk-up in the Park Square Court building. With our move to the Historic Hamm Building in 1997, we began our strong relationship with Actors’ Equity Association (the union of professional actors and stage managers), and embraced a leading role as a producer of contemporary plays.
Since then, we’ve grown into one of Minnesota’s top employers of local stage talent – 64 percent of whom are women and artists of color. Our education program engages one of the nation’s largest teen theatre audiences.
We’re a vigorous company with the ambition and chutzpah to be your theatre of choice. We can’t wait to have you join us!
Penumbra Theatre produces artistically excellent, thought-provoking, relevant art that illuminates the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.
Pillsbury House and Theatre
Since 1992, we’ve brought contemporary work to life in productions that combine nerve and verve. From our intimate 96-seat theatre in south Minneapolis, we’ve produced over 40 productions, including more than a dozen area premieres. Among the celebrated playwrights whose works have been presented are Athol Fugard, Ed Bullins, Tony Kushner, Lisa Jones, Lorraine Hansbury, Tennessee Williams, Leroi Jones and Lanford Wilson.
PRIME Productions celebrates women in their second act. We seek to explore, illuminate and support women over fifty and their stories through the creative voice of performance. PRIME Productions was founded in 2015, on the belief that women of a certain age shouldn’t disappear from the stories we see on stage, nor be marginalized in roles that only serve to support other characters. We produce plays that employ more female theater artists (as actors and designers) and address issues relevant to an aging population.
Rosemount Area Arts Council
The Rosemount Area Arts Council (RAAC)is a community arts organization serving residents of Rosemount and the surrounding communities, giving residents a chance to experience and take part in artistic endeavors, by offering a wide range of programming such as concerts, art festivals, music festivals, art and craft classes, plays, author and writing events, and much more.
For over 135 years, Schubert Club has invited the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and promoted the finest musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. It has secured a prominent and distinguished reputation among musical organizations nationwide, and is one of the first arts organizations in the country.
Second Act Players of Rosemount
We are a membership organization for seniors age 50 and over, interested in the theater. We produce two longer plays each year as well as offer classes in various aspect of theater. This organization is perfect for folks in the "second act" of their life who want to get involved in theater!
Stages Theatre Company
Stages Theatre Company (STC) is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth.
STC is recognized as a leader in theatre, education and production programming for children and young adults, and has received a number of regional and national awards and grants.
SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our supportive, non-competitive environment helps youth build self-esteem and confidence in a community that celebrates diversity.
SteppingStone’s programs foster creativity, self-expression and self-confidence; teach children and youth about history, diverse cultures, literature and the arts through engaging and entertaining learning; and help to create in youth a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
Teatro del Pueblo
The Fitzgerald Theater
Built in 1910, the Fitzgerald Theater is Saint Paul’s oldest surviving theater space. Originally named the Sam S. Shubert Theater, it was one of four memorial theaters erected by entertainment-industry leaders Lee and J. J. Shubert after the death of their brother Sam. In 1933, it became a movie house screening foreign films and was thus christened the World Theater. Minnesota Public Radio purchased the theater in 1980 and restored it in 1986 for the live radio program A Prairie Home Companion® with Garrison Keillor. The theater was again renamed in 1994, this time for author F. Scott Fitzgerald, a native of Saint Paul. The theater has, over the years, played host to Broadway musicals, vaudeville shows, film festivals, and concerts of all sorts. First Avenue purchased the theater in 2019.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Now in its 65th concert season, the SPCO has recently undergone transformational change with the opening of its new home, the Ordway Concert Hall, the addition of a new generation of players, and significant changes in its artistic vision. The SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that performs a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to new music and works in close collaboration with a dynamic roster of Artistic Partners.
The virtuoso musicians of the SPCO present more than 100 concerts and educational programs in the Twin Cities each year. The orchestra’s free online Concert Library receives more than 350,000 visits annually and offers both live and on-demand videos of concerts that can be viewed anytime, anywhere, completely free of charge. Through its partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio, the SPCO is regularly heard on public radio programs that reach nearly 850,000 listeners each week on over 250 stations. Additionally, the SPCO has released 68 recordings, including its recent critically-acclaimed recording of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concertos with Artistic Partner Jeremy Denk and the 2018 Grammy Award-winning recording of Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden with violinist and former Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The SPCO has commissioned 162 new works and tours nationally and internationally, including recent engagements in Europe and New York City, and a prestigious residency with violinist Joshua Bell at the 2021 Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Our Mission: The Singers deliver compelling and thought-provoking performances and educational opportunities that can bridge cultural differences and invite appreciation of the choral art.
Our Vision: The Singers share inspiring, innovative choral artistry that evolves with the changing world.
Founded in 2004, The Singers organization is dedicated to giving world-class performances of the finest choral literature. The Singers, a professional choir of 40 members, exists to serve as artists, educators, and advocates of the choral art. Recognized nationally for their innovative programming, commitment to new music, and peerless artistic quality,
The Wildwood Theatre
The Wildwood Theatre produces work designed to reignite empathy. They use storytelling to end the stigma of mental illness.
Theater Mu was first founded in 1992 as a theater company dedicated to bringing Asian American perspectives to the stage in the Twin Cities at a time when Asian American theater did not exist in the area and the community was rarely recognized. Over the years, we have grown into one of the largest Asian American performing arts company in the United States. Theater Mu has helped to develop and support the work of local and national playwrights, actors, directors, and musicians by premiering many new works, fostering a new generation of Asian American artists, and bringing Asian American voices to Twin Cities audiences.
Theatre Coup d'Etat
CDT is an award winning twin cities theatre company whose mission is to provoke an emotional and analytical response in audiences by showing the depth of the human condition through gritty, intimate productions of both classical and contemporary works. Since our founding in 2011, CDT’s work has stood out for its ability to tackle challenging, provocative texts with exceptional performances by our actors, while providing intimate theatre experiences for our audiences.
Theatre Pro Rata
To create theatre where audience and artists share passion for the play. We are Pro Rata: we create smart, vivid, varied, and gutsy programming. As an audience member, you’ll be part of moving, thought-provoking theatre.
The Turf Club is a historic landmark in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, MN. Originally opened as a supper club and dancehall in the 1940s, the room has seen it all, from two-steppin’ to grunge, and everything in between.
The Turf Club features live music nearly every night of the week, and its charm lies in the fact that it is both a neighborhood hang and a destination for some of the best touring artists in the country. Located between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, this 350-cap venue boasts a stage and bar upstairs and a cozy basement bar and stage in the Clown Lounge.
The Turf Club’s kitchen offers food service during shows, available starting as soon as doors are open for events.
University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is a robust and well-rounded producing hub for creation, exploration, and artistic excellence. Our primary mission is to educate our students and our audiences about the performing arts and about the social issues and human emotions the arts speak to so powerfully. We are committed to realizing this mission by creating, producing, and studying works of theatre and dance, and performing them publicly for diverse audiences drawn from both the University and the community at large.
Walker West Music Academy
Walking Shadow Theatre Company
Walking Shadow Theatre Company is a Minneapolis-based company with a reputation for producing well-staged and carefully researched work. We are drawn to shows that are smart, exciting, savvy—and often a little quirky or subversive. Walking Shadow has been called “a company that deserves attention” by the Star Tribune and praised by Minnesota Monthly for its “polished productions of incisive modern works.”
Walking Shadow has performed at a variety of theaters in the Twin Cities since 2004, including the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Pillsbury House, Red Eye, and others. The company also has appeared several times at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and occasionally produces site-specific, interactive shows with puzzles.
The company is led by a trio of artistic directors: John Heimbuch, David Pisa and Amy Rummenie.
Women's Drum Center
The Women’s Drum Center is a volunteer-based organization. Its structure has a Board of Directors, committees, part-time contracted staff, and volunteers. The center functions as a community center for women/girls and drumming, and supports participants by having both all-female as well as co-ed programs.
The programs include many drum types and styles of drumming and percussion from around the world along with programs that use the drum for health and healing. Programs are done both at the Center and at other locations that contract with WDC for services. e.g. daycare centers, senior centers, schools, churches. The Center is also home to a performing ensemble named drumHeart.