The Conundrum of Creative Space
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The Conundrum of Creative Space: Balancing the Cost of Development and the Needs Creative Enterprises

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The Conundrum of Creative Space

   Collective Spaces Classes and Rental Space
   Marketing Tactics for Creatives to be offered October 22
   Forecast Grants
   Won't You Be My Neighbor?
   Made Here Call for Artists
   Truestone Coffee Classes
   The drinks are on us: Host a Pop-Up Mixer
   Celebrate Urban Growlers first birthday
   See Cole Kelleher work at The Dubliner Pub

News in the Creative Enterprise Zone:
   Alchemy Architects
   Alec Soth Studio and the Winnebago Workshop
   Hampden Park Co-op
   How to share your news

by Kyle Mianulli

A wide range of makers, innovators, artists and entrepreneurs are thriving in the Creative Enterprise Zone and have for many years. Initially, creatives were drawn here by the surplus of affordable space in the old commercial and industrial buildings that point to the past life of this area as an industrial center supported by the proximity to major shipping infrastructure like the rail yards and highways.
As many of these manufacturing and industrial operations gradually moved on, many of the spaces they left behind were filled by artists, artisans and other creative makers. The large, open, affordable, and usually unfinished spaces met their needs well, and the property owners were glad to have uses for the buildings that would have otherwise laid  empty.
Five years ago, the building now occupied by C&E Lofts was home to dozens of artists and makers from a variety of disciplines—many of whom were well-regarded in their fields. When the building was sold to a developer who planned to turn it into high-end housing, it became clear that the conundrum that often faces creative communities would soon challenge this area, as well.
On one hand, developing old buildings and bringing new life, investment and energy to this area is a tremendous benefit to our community. On the other hand, these types of developments can quickly displace the creative energy that make the area desirable in the first place.  Read more....

Collective Spaces 

Collective Spaces is a shared workshop for Twin Cities’ Costume Designers and Technicians, Textile Artists, Fine Artists, Home Stitchers, and students.  This affordable work space provides large cutting tables, industrial and domestic sewing machines, and a fitting area as well as much-needed labor through hiring and bartering with fellow textile artists.

And now, skilled designer and costume maker Amy Kaufman is offering sewing classes this fall at Collective Spaces - 'Basic Sewing For the Newbie' and 'Sewing 101-- Relax It’s Just Practice'. To sign up, visit the class page. To find out more about renting space, check out the rental info link.

Marketing Strategies for Creatives

October 22, 4PM
At the Dow Gallery
2252 University Ave W., St. Paul.

Get your marketing house in order. The Creative Enterprise Zone will be offering a short session with marketing guru Heather Soliday Olson. Heather is a seasoned marketing and recruitment director and well-networked advocate for the design community. She will be sharing ten strategies for focusing your marketing strategies.  RSVP now. 

Won't You Be My Neighbor? 

Artist Arsenal MN invites you to open your doors during the Won’t You Be My Neighbor? showcase on Saturday, September 19 at the Lyric at Carleton Place. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is an exhibition of local art that coincides with the Hand-in-Glove 2015 conference.
Hand-in-Glove 2015 will bring together 350 local and national arts organizers. Attendees of Hand-in-Glove will be taking the Green Line from Minneapolis to Saint Paul, stopping along the way to eat dinner, and to experience some of the artist projects, spaces and organizations along the Central Corridor. 
For our local business neighbors, we would like to partner to give visitors a taste of the area's offerings - be it food, drinks, arts, or entertainment!  Interested in providing food, beverage tastings, business information or being in the artist showcase? Register here.

Up Your Expresso Game 

Free espresso training classes are held once a month at True Stone Coffee Lab in Saint Paul. During the 2-hour class, our BGA-certified trainers will teach you how to manipulate and control both the espresso grinder and machine to prepare consistent, high-quality drinks, as well as maintain the equipment and improve customer service. More info (and a cool little video) here.

2016 Forecast Grants

Forecast supports Minnesota-based emerging and mid-career artists in the development and creation of new public artwork in Minnesota. We have 3 grant opportunities coming up with an application deadline of October 6, 2015. Public Art 101 Workshops 
Forecast invites artists to a brief overview of the field of public art and Forecast's grant opportunities and application process. Staff will be on-hand afterwards to answer questions and review proposal materials. Join them on Wednesday, September 16, 6-7pm or Monday, September 28, 6-7pm. RSVP for workshops by emailing

Feedback Sessions 
30-minute meetings are available with Forecast staff to review draft proposal materials, answer questions, and discuss the application process. Meetings are available on September 24, September 28, and October 1. Sign up for a meeting at

Made Here Call for Artists

Erik Pearson, The Crowd Slowly Lists with their Eyes in the Air, Brilliance! Made Here Winter 2014 Photo credit Steven Lang
Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is accepting artists’ submissions for its upcoming fall/winter 2015 Showcase exhibition.
The Made Here Showcases temporarily fill empty storefronts and commercial spaces with art by local artists, turning the downtown Minneapolis cultural district into a walkable urban art gallery. They do not require artist statements, resumes or exhibition histories to apply. The panel curates each open call blind, meaning that panelists review the art without knowledge of artist names in an effort to produce unbiased outcomes. The theme for the fall/winter 2015 Showcases is Reflection. Proposals are due 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2015.. Read more....

Pop-up Mixers: 

Bringing People, Ideas Together

Want an excuse to gather creative colleagues for a cup of coffee, bottle of wine or a growler of beer? Then, host a Creative Enterprise Zone pop-up mixer. You can gather with a few of your colleagues at a neighborhood watering hole or open up your workspace or office and we'll invite people in the neighborhood and even bring the crackers and cheese. 

Host your own mixer!

Let us know you are interested and provide you with your free beverages of choice. We'll also give you five questions to juice-up your party. Use it as an opportunity to discover who lives, works and plays in the Creative Enterprise Zone, find collaborators or just relax.

In return, we ask you to take a few notes to document your conversation, snap a photo of your group in action, and tell us who participated. We’ll post your group selfie on our website to highlight the creative people in our neighborhood and spark further discussion and action. Email Amy to set up your mixer today!

Urban Growler Turns One 

Join Urban Growler to celebrate this fantastic milestone with:

  • Live music by Blue Yodel No.9 6-8pm, Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures 8pm– close
  • Specialty beers released every hour including Lemongrass Wheat, Sticky Rice and Coconut Porter (release times will be posted on Facebook)
  • Special picnic menu including hot dogs, chips and carnitas

More About One-Year-Ago-Almost-to-the-Day

Cole Kelleher at The Dubliner 

The Dubliner Pub is featuring Kelleher as their Artist-Of-The-Month. Stop in to see the show and as usual, lots of music to enjoy. Check out their schedule.

We're always happy to brag about what's happening here in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Here's a few things we're excited about:


Alchemy Architects at work

Look at this beauty of a project by the CEZ's Alchemy Architects. Read more.
Knight Arts Challenge winner Alec Soth is taking his  "Winnebago Workshop,” on the road. It's a mobile classroom where teens are paired with artists to create multimedia stories. Read more...

Update Company has a new tenant coming - Studio Distilling will be moving in near Bang Brewing and Urban Growler. See the article about it in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
Bet you didn't know it was recently World Elephant Day. YOXO was celebrating. Here's the adorable elephant they constructed in it's honor. By the way, in a recent post, XOYO discovered that LEGO and XOYO play well together. Read more about about the Creative Enterprise Zone's wildly creative toy company in their post YOXO does what?

Do you have something you want to tell our readers about? Email Kyle with your press releases (or even your cryptic notes) about what's going on.

Curious About the Creative Enterprise Zone?

Watch this video and take a walk through the Zone to learn more.

Get Connected!


What is the Creative Enterprise Zone?

The Creative Enterprise Zone, located mid-city between St. Paul and Minneapolis, has the goal to be recognized as a center of creativity and enterprise, a place where many people make a living by their creative capacities.
Showcasing a mixture of urban-industrial and innovative enterprises, the Creative Enterprise Zone promises to be a fertile laboratory of entrepreneurship, business incubation, artistic endeavor and eclectic urban design. Located along the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line at the hub of the Raymond Station area, this dynamic nucleus of artisans and industry provides a unique sense of place that captures the imagination.

Regionally significant due to the central location and ease of access, the community offers a symbiotic mix of live and work opportunities. Cultivation of diverse, affordable spaces for entrepreneurial businesses, artisans and residents, and support systems for a tightly interconnected creative community, are high priorities.
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