ARTventure Tours

Go on, get out of the hotel and experience the incredible variety of art and culture throughout the Twin Cities first-hand!

ARTventure Tours are a great opportunity to dig into the art all around you. These special off-site, educational tours are available to all Convention attendees and are designed to showcase the artistic successes of our beautiful host city.

Each ARTventure has a maximum capacity of 25-40 people, depending on the tour. Please sign up early to reserve your spot!

ARTventure Tours require an additional fee of $60 per person. Based on availability, Convention attendees are allowed to bring a maximum of two guests.

ARTventure Tours will take place on Saturday afternoon, departing the Convention headquarters hotel on foot or by bus (depending on the tour) at 1:45 p.m. They will return at 5:00 p.m.

Please note: If you do not wish to participate in an ARTventure, there will also be Convention programming during this period.

Tour 1: Unseen Prince
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Discover Prince's hidden history and visible impact in Minneapolis, with an insider's tour of Prince Rogers Nelson's stomping grounds, roots, and the way the city has memorialized and embraced him.

Tour 2: From the World to Lake Street
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Lake Street is a vibrant urban corridor that has long been a hub for immigrants and activism, large scale public art works and cross sector collaborations. Discover the partnerships and possibilities that artists bring to corridor on this creative tour.

Tour 3: Feeding the Creative Spirit
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Art and food belong together. In this tour, experience urban farming, community gardens, immigrant markets, and land reclamation with Native American, African-American, and Southeast Asian communities where artists are shaping imagination and making impact on food and economic justice. Focus on Saint Paul's Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods.

Tour 4: Doing it for Ourselves – Artist-led Spaces
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is home to all kinds of artist-led spaces, studios and galleries. The community includes experimental, expansive, and inclusive spaces while navigating the challenges of growth.

Tour 5: Youth Are Here!
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

If the children are our future, the future is here. Meet the youth, artists and organizers engaged in creative projects, social enterprises, and unique partnerships that power the Twin Cities' creative future.

Tour 6: Dreaming to Making in the Creative Enterprise Zone
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

An industrial neighborhood on the border of the cities has turned into a buzzing hub of culture and creative economy. Meet the makers including printers, theaters, literary artists, public art projects, and artist-designed mini-golf expanding possibilities in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

Tour 7: Reimagining Suburbia
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Suburban communities are expanding and diversifying, and artists are engaged as part of that change. Experience the creative placemaking and public art projects, cross-sector collaborations and developing hub of Bloomington’s South Loop, looking beyond just being the home of the Mall of America.

Tour 8: City as a Book
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Minnesota nourishes thousands of writers and hundreds of presses with over 5 times the national rate of employment in book publishing. Read your way through the Twin Cities on this tour of all things bookish including visits with non-profit literary press innovators, book makers, letterpress printers, writers and installations of poetry as public art.

Tour 10: Radical Hospitality: Culture, Community, and Cuisine
Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 5:15 pm

The West Bank is a neighborhood brimming with theaters, public art, and live-music venues – just one light rail stop away from downtown. Since the early 1900s it has welcomed waves of immigrants and is currently home to the largest Somali Diaspora in North America. On this walking tour we'll explore a cultural corridor with expanding global roots, and taste test Indian, Ethiopian, and Chinese delights found at local restaurants. Discover the stories of residents, artists, and New American populations.