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
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant museum and cultural center that is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden. The historic 1908 Turnblad Mansion with rotating art exhibitions, FIKA Cafe' with award-winning Nordic-inspired cuisine and the ASI Museum Store, your destination for unique Scandinavian gift items, are highlights of any visit.
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.
Classical Actors Ensemble
Classical Actors Ensemble is dedicated to engaging audiences by capturing the spirit in which the plays of the English Renaissance were originally performed – with immediacy, passion, and as popular entertainment. It is CAE’s goal to demonstrate why these works of art are considered classic and to freshly prove their relevance in today’s world.
Firefighters Hall & Museum
The Firefighters Hall & Museum contains a variety of vehicles, equipment, literature, and photographs related to firefighting and firefighters. Some of the permanent displays include an 1894 steam fire engine, a 1919 American LaFrance ladder truck from Mankato, and a 1932 FWD pumper built by the Minneapolis Fire Department shop. There is also an established and rotating display of area fire collector vehicles. The exhibits that the museum is most proud of are the ones built for are youngest visitors. We have a real fire pole to slide and till trucks to drive! Kids can feel as if they really are a firefighter.
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. Your history. Your museum.
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Hennepin Theatre Trust was established as a nonprofit organization in 2002. Since then, we quickly evolved into a recognized leader of arts and culture development in downtown Minneapolis.
Today, we bring value to the community through our four theatres – the Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century – and our growing portfolio of collaborative partnerships. Annually, our organization alone brings more than 500,000 people to the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District (WeDo™) to enjoy a range of activities and attractions.
Illusion Theater was founded in 1974 and presents its season on the 8th floor of the Hennepin Center for the Arts in downtown Minneapolis. Since the beginning, Producing Directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have led Illusion Theater in illuminating the illusions, myths, and realities of our times and in using the power of theater to catalyze personal and social change. In thirty-five years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists, and created ground-breaking educational works. Plays developed at Illusion have been produced in theaters throughout the world. Illusion's work has catalyzed conversations in living rooms, kitchens, coffee houses, and board rooms, and has led to transformations in policy, in organizations, in students, and in individuals.
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 Children's Museum
Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. The Museum helps to instill a lifelong love of learning by nurturing the real-world skills children need to become engaged citizens in the future.
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, has long ranked among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances here in Minnesota and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow.
Mu Performing Arts
Mu was first founded in 1992 as Theater Mu, a theater company dedicated to bringing Asian American voices to the stage in the Twin Cities at a time when Asian American theater did not exist in the area and the Asian American community was rarely recognized. Mu Performing Arts remains Minnesota’s only pan-Asian performing arts organization, and has grown into one of the largest Asian American performing arts company in the United States. 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. Through educational, community, and corporate outreach programs, we brought theater and taiko to over 60,000 people throughout the upper Midwest in the last year alone, providing access to Asian American culture and arts to communities who otherwise may not have the opportunity to experience it.
In the heart of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, Northrop presents world-class dance and music performances, speakers, films, exhibits, and more.
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. Together with Artistic Director Richard Cook, our team of Artistic Associates – Aditi Kapil, Carson Kreitzer, Ricardo Vázquez and James A. Williams – bring you fresh titles and perspectives. They continually open up their heads as to what a Park Square play can and should be. There is a place for you at the Park Square table – room for your story in our big, expansive season. We can’t wait to have you join us!
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.
Sandbox Theatre was founded in 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by four artists — Ryan Hill, Lisa Moreira, Andrew Lawrence Schiff and Heather Stone — who sought a place to play with new ideas and new forms of storytelling. The company came together out of backyard meetings between a playwright, a choreographer, an actor and a designer. Since our first production Victoria In Red in 2005, the Sandbox ensemble has grown to a company of 11 artists, still devoutly committed to creating visually rich, engaging new theatre stories. Sandbox’s hallmarks are visual dramaturgy (storytelling through design and movement) and our creative process. The ensemble only creates new plays. Our work is defined by an established, one-of-a-kind process of material generation and group editing; a guided collaboration that creates timely, affecting, inspirational plays.
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.
The O'Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
Since opening in 1970, The O'Shaughnessy has been a unique spot in the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities. During the first 15 years of operation the hall was filled with classical, orchestral, and modern music. After the construction of the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The O'Shaughnessy established itself as a venue for regional and local dance community organizations such as CAAM Chinese Dance, The James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, Katha Dance, Ballet Minnesota, Out on a Limb and countless others. In addition, The O'Shaughnessy regularly hosts popular concerts. The list of performers is long including kd lang, Elvis Costello, Jewel, and Brandie Carlile. Famous speakers have included Dr. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Madeleine Albright. Comedians Jay Leno and a young Steve Martin have performed, as well as Broadway stars Lily Tomlin, Joel Gray, and Ben Vereen. The O'Shaughnessy is supported, in part, by the "Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment" & the Minnesota State Arts Board, Wells Fargo, Arts Midwest, The Boss Foundation, NEFA and VSA Arts.
The Rose Ensemble
Uniting virtuosic vocal artistry with scholarly research, The Rose Ensemble creates musical performances and educational programs that connect audiences to compelling stories of human history, culture, and spirituality from around the world.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, now in its 59th season, is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Committed to championing new music, the SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that works in close collaboration with a diverse series of Artistic Partners. The virtuoso musicians of the SPCO present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio programs which reach 1.2 million listeners each week on 289 stations. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 148 new works, and tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America. Recent engagements in Berkeley, CA, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Ojai Festival, and tours to Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe were met with great critical acclaim.
The Schubert Club
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.
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 Singers made their debut at the renowned Ravinia Festival in June 2013, and have made subsequent returns in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The Southern Theater
The Southern Theater provides a home for artists, giving them the freedom to focus on what matters most, their art. We add new value by fostering a community that serves the artist's need for stability, for a sense of place, for the opportunity to experiment and as a resource to learn and grow. We offer audiences a unique experience that ignites their imaginations and expands their perspectives in an extraordinary historical theater.
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.
Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands in Saint Paul, Minnesota, TU Dance is a leading voice for contemporary dance. The professional company is acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements. Through celebrated performances of the professional company and accessible dance education at TU Dance Center, TU Dance provides opportunities for everyone to experience the connective power of dance.
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.