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The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Dedicated to Dance

528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55403



Interior Construction

U.S. Bank Atrium

Goodale Theater


Shubert on the Move

Shubert on the Move

Distance Learning Class



More than a decade in the making, The Cowles Center has filled a major void in the Twin Cities’ arts scene by providing office, rehearsal and performance space for small and midsize arts organizations. Centrally located, affordable and specifically designed for dance, this three-building complex in downtown Minneapolis boasts two theaters (500 and 200 seats), 10 dance studios, and administrative space for some 20 nonprofit groups, including many of the area’s leading dance companies.

In addition, The Cowles connects arts educators and students across the country by means of an award-winning, industry-leading distance learning program. Launched in 2004, the program uses interactive videoconference technology to reach students throughout Minnesota — and, increasingly, the world.

A new atrium, which serves as the Center’s lobby and houses its state-of-the-art distance learning studio, also serves as the link for two Minneapolis landmarks, an 1888 Masonic Temple known since 1979 as the Hennepin Center for the Arts (HCA), and the 1910 Shubert (now the Goodale) Theater, which originally stood two blocks away. Artspace acquired HCA in 1997 and the long-vacant theater the following year. Over 12 memorable days in February 1999, the theater was moved two blocks to its new home on Hennepin Avenue. At 5.8 million pounds, it was the heaviest building ever moved on rubber tires. 

Development Cost

$42 million


Miller Dunwiddie Architecture

Our Thanks to...

State of Minnesota
City of Minneapolis

LEAD FUNDERS ($100,000+)

Artspace Projects
Mary Lyn and Richard Ballantine
Best Buy Children’s Foundation
Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation
Marney and Conley Brooks, Sr.
Cassidy & Associates
City of Minneapolis
Russell Cowles
Sage and John Cowles
Kenneth and Judy Dayton
Mary Lee Dayton
Wendy and Doug Dayton
Digital River
Ford Foundation
General Mills Foundation
Katherine and Robert Goodale
HRK Foundation, including: The Hayes Fund, The Art & Martha Kaemmer Fund, The Pugsley Fund & The Mary H. Rice Foundation 
Ruth and John Huss
The Kresge Foundation
Friends of Kelley Lindquist
Nadine and Bill McGuire
Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades: Market Recovery Program; Laborers’ District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 292; Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 10; United Union of Roofers, Local 96; International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, Local 34; Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association, Local 265
Phileona Foundation
Pohlad Family Foundation
RBC Foundation
Elizabeth Redleaf
Gloria and Fred Sewell / Sewell Family Foundation
State of Minnesota Stimulus Funds – CDBG
Target Foundation
TCF Foundation
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation
U.S. Bancorp Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
David Wilson and Michael Peterman
Margaret and Angus Wurtele