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Visual Arts


Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute - University of SD/Vermillion, fine arts seminar.  Application Deadline April 1. FREE classes, houseing, meals and art suppplies, but no transportation provided.

IDEAWERKS - Minneapolis Parks and Recreation - MULTIMEDIA Arts Training

IDEAWERKS students ages 12-18 will discover career opportunities in the multimedia arts industry, develop skills in collaboration, presentation, completion and delivery, improve personal confidence, and acquire professional capabilities and communication skills.The Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) and the Jackie Lee Robinson Foundation (JLRF) provide state-of-the-art computers, multimedia software and digital recording equipment, instruments and other equipment, as well as certified instructors, curriculum and teaching plans.Students will learn multimedia production skills including:

  • Recording audio and video project information on digital media workstations
  • Creating beats
  • Studying music basics and computer software to create music tracks and videos, producing and recording their own individual multimedia projects.

Online Summer Arts Camp - Video and Soundtrack Production  (MN Online High School)

June-July sessions, applications accepted until full;  (.25 high school credit)

Youth and Teen Art Classes at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (need-based scholarships available)

Mia’s youth classes provide challenging hands-on art experiences that are enriched and inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Led by qualified art instructors, museum classes offer young people a broad cultural view of art history, as well as fascinating insights into artists, techniques, and styles.

In the galleries, students spend time learning directly from masterpieces. In the studio, students develop basic art skills, experiment with an array of artistic mediums, and gain confidence through exercises that foster self-expression. Creative problem solving and art-making activities are integrated into each class. Selected artworks by students are displayed in the Community Commons Gallery.

Leonardo's Basement:  Explore your creativity in art and design, engineering and technology!  (fees vary)

smART pass A partnership exclusive to metro public library users!  FREE ADMISSIONS to a broad array of arts events!


Partners include all these:

  • Bell Museum of Natural History
  • Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
  • Classical Actors Ensemble
  • Firefighters Hall and Museum
  • Illusion theater
  • Jungle Theater
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • MU Performing Arts
  • Park Square Theater
  • Pillsbury House Theatre
  • Sandbox Theatre
  • Stages Theatre
  • The O'Shaugnessy at St. Catherine University
  • The Ordway
  • The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Walking Shadow Theatre Company