PRESS RELEASE: South Minneapolis’ Center for Performing Arts to Expand Facility

Minneapolis, MN; August 11, 2020  – With several performance venues closing throughout the Twin Cities over the past few years, office, meeting, and performance space for arts and community-based tenants has been limited. To address this demand, Stahl partnered with the Center for Performing Arts (CFPA) as a development consultant on the project, as well as the design-builder, and brought Alliiance, a full-service architecture and design firm in Minneapolis, onto the team to produce the design. The resulting expansion project recognizes the vibrancy of our community and the evolving 38th Street urban corridor in South Minneapolis.

The project is a four-story, 20,000-square-foot modern addition featuring two performance spaces connected to an existing building constructed in 1923. The existing building is 15,000-square-feet which includes studios, dance and rehearsal space, offices, meeting, and living spaces. The expansion will provide studio space for expanded education programming, events, and performance rental space, and it will deepen and extend CFPA’s commitment to its multi-faceted community.

CFPA is currently home base for local artists and community members to assemble in their neighborhood and share expertise, develop collaboratively, and expand their skillsets in a variety of disciplines from music therapy and dance classes to gong baths. With the consolidation of available artist spaces available in South Minneapolis, space at CFPA has been increasing in demand over recent years.

“The CFPA expansion is a unique opportunity that we are thrilled to be a part of,” says Frank Clark, Director of Strategy and Development with Stahl. “We’re proud to help CFPA deliver their mission in this new space that combines arts, culture, and entrepreneurship all while strengthening community diversity and vitality and remaining accessible to artists and their families.”

“Alliiance is thrilled to work with CFPA to provide an expansion whose design enhances CFPA’s relationship to the neighborhood and their mission to support the arts community. The modern expansion complements the architectural authenticity of the existing building while doubling its capacity and improving accessibility throughout,” says Amber Sausen, Project Manager and Principal with Alliiance.

“Amid a local arts landscape that has seen performance organizations and venues close or reduce operations consistently over the past few years, now more than ever, we saw a critical opportunity for adding additional and different kinds of spaces,” says Jackie Hayes, CFPA Founder and Executive Director. “We are working closely and diligently with our partners at Stahl and Alliiance to create a safely-shared space and programming where artists and audiences both benefit – a place that is a sustaining ecosystem for everyone.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in August 2020 for completion in early 2021.

The Center for Performing Arts (CFPA) 20,000-square-foot expansion project will double the art center’s current physical size, help the organization deepen its mission, and add new programming and support services. Rendering courtesy of Alliiance.


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