News from the Creative Enterprise Zone
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In This Issue:
  • First and First Hosts Creative Tenant Discussion for New Development
  • Knight Arts Challenge Town Hall at the Dubliner

  • Green Line Launch Party Update
  • On Tap at Urban Growler
  • Artist Arsenal Art Sale Accepting Applications
  • Get a Free Bike Rack

What Do You Need as a Creative Tenant? First & First is Listening. 

Wednesday April 2
Vandalia Tower, Main Building, 1st floor
550 Vandalia St., St. Paul
Open to the public
Major developer First & First is teaming with the Creative Enterprise Zone to host an evening of connection and collaboration around their latest project, Vandalia Tower, at 550 Vandalia St. The meeting, April 2, 4-6pm, is open to the public and all who are interested in exploring the intersection of creative entrepreneurship and modern urban development are encouraged to attend.
This is a great opportunity for creative tenants to connect with one of the Twin Cities most innovative developers. Figuring out how to support creative entrepreneurship, as the demands of a thriving metropolitan area push property owners and developers to think about land use and urban planning in new ways, is tantamount to the success of our creative economy.
The 550 Vandalia building is currently home to around 30 tenants, many of whom play an important role driving creative commerce in the metro area. From woodworkers to glass blowers, coffee roasters and more, entrepreneurial makers of all sorts have benefitted from the reasonable rent rates, unfinished interior and large work spaces at Vandalia Tower.
The amount of productive creativity that happens there is astounding; it’s valuable, and it’s well-worth fostering.
First & First seems to understand that. The Minneapolis-based developer is well known for it’s innovative designs and creative conceptualization of space.
Peter Remes is the Mind behind First & First. For his first project in St. Paul, he seems to be thinking big. First & First purchased the 5.5-acre, multi-building campus in the Creative Enterprise Zone last year. From the beginning phases of development, they have expressed interest in retaining and recruiting creative tenants for the new space.
Please join us as we work to break ground on a new type of relationship between developers, property owners and creative tenants. All who are interested in furthering this conversation are encouraged to attend April 2, 4-6pm, 550 Vandalia Street. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided. 

To read the full article and view a complete list of current tenants at Vandalia Tower, please visit

Knight Arts Challenge Town Hall Meeting at the Dubliner


Tuesday, April 15
The Dubliner Pub,
2162 University Ave

The Knight Foundation will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 15, at 8:30 am at The Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave West, in the Creative Enterprise Zone. The event is free and open to anyone looking for more information about how to apply to the upcoming St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge.
The Challenge opens for applications beginning April 7. Individuals, organizations and businesses—both nonprofit and for profit—can apply for a share of $1.5 million for arts and culture projects that engage and enrich the city of St. Paul. The deadline for the contest, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is May 5. 
The challenge is open to anyone who has a great idea for the arts. The application, to be available at, consists of only two questions and is deliberately designed to be simple to encourage non-traditional applicants. There are only three rules for the challenge:
1.     The idea must be about the arts;
2.     The project must take place in or benefit St. Paul;
3.     The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment (within a year). 
Find out more about the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge on their website  

Green Line Launch Party Planning is Rolling

Planning for the Green Line Launch Party June 14 at the Raymond Avenue station is barreling ahead. Individual working groups are organizing stage performances, public art, food, a nonprofit expo and much more. Here is a small sampling of what’s in store:
  • Forecast Public Art and artist Carrie Christiansen are putting together a cultural pop-up park 
  • Local arts organizations will be sponsoring family art making activities.
  • The celebration will include a full day of performances from musicians and performance arts organizations like TU Dance.
  • Artist Arsenal will hold a pop-up art gallery with work from Creative Enterprise Zone artists on display and for sale.

Looking for performers

From 9:00am to 4:00pm on June 14, the main stage and festivities area will be alive with all manner of event energy. There will be a wide range of performances ranging from music to martial arts demos to dance. You’re invited to join!
Organizers are looking for performers who are:
  1. An established individual, band/group, or organization
  2. Connected to the Creative Enterprise Zone/St. Anthony Park/ West Midway/ Prospect Park area (live or work here)
  3. Can present a 20 or 50 minute segment
If you are interested in performing at the event, please fill out this form and tell us what you have in mind. While this applications doesn’t guarantee your selection, please know that we will be selecting performances based on variety, depth and quality with the goal of presenting a positive image of the arts and creative activities in the area.
Learn more and fill out the interest form here

If you'd like to get involved or be featured at the Launch Party event contact Kelly McManus at

Urban Growler Preps for June Opening with New Website and More

The Creative Enterprise Zone’s newest craft brewery is readying to open their doors in June. In preparation, Urban Growler Brewing Company, 2325 Endicott Street, just launched a spiffy new website. You can find info on their full line of creatively crafted microbrews, learn more about their newly hired head chef, pick up some stylish swag and keep up with all the latest news.
Owners Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch will also be presenting at a special event at the Minnesota Museum of American Art on April 4. There will be a screening of the new film “The Love of Beer,” a documentary about women in the pacific Northwest craft beer industry fighting to end stereotypes surrounding beer production and consumption. RSVP now.
Also, check out Urban Growler’s featured role in this video from the City of St. Paul about the city’s recent microbrewery boom.


Artist Arsenal's "All my Friends are Artists" Art Sale Now Accepting Applications


Submission Deadline: April 

4, 2014

The launch of the light rail Green Line is fast approaching and Artist Arsenal will be hosting the “All My Friends Are Artists” Art Sale at the Carleton Artist Lofts. 300,000 people are expected to ride the line and be in and around the area for the launch celebration, so this is a great opportunity to get your work out there. Those interested in participating should fill out the application at the Artist Arsenal website. Space is limited so get your application in now.

*A limited number of scholarships are available for artists who have not previously participated in sales. Scholarship recipients will be paired with another vendor to share a table.
For more information visit
Questions and inquiries can be sent to Colette Ricci ( or Kathryn Murray (

Public Invited to Create Commemorative Art for Green Line Opening

Metro Transit is inviting the public to play a part in the METRO Green Line’s grand opening by submitting artwork for a commemorative poster that will be distributed when service begins June 14.  

Submissions for the commemorative poster contest can be sent now through Friday, April 11. Entrants are encouraged to incorporate the METRO Green Line name, a METRO Green Line train and build on a "connections" theme. Artwork that reflects the unique communities along the 11-mile light-rail corridor is also encouraged.  

The contest is open to all Minnesota residents who are at least 18 years old.  

“We are thrilled to provide residents this unique opportunity,” Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh said. “The Green Line’s opening is a historic moment not just for the Twin Cities, but for the entire state. This is a great chance to be a part of that history.” 

For complete contest rules and information on how to submit artwork visit Anyone with questions about the contest can email or call 612-349-7104.


Get a Free Bike Rack for your Business or Organization

 The City of St. Paul is working to create more public bicycle parking to increase bicycling citywide. As part of this effort, the Department of Public Works is offering the Neighborhood Bike Rack Program. In 2014 the program is dedicating $10,000, donated by Transit for Livable Communities, to install approved bike racks on public right of way in front of local businesses and organizations upon request at no cost.
Learn more and sign up for your free bike rack at

What People Are Saying About the Creative Enterprise Zone

“The work of the Creative Enterprise Zone is adding a great sense of connections and energy to an area that has always had a lot of possibilities, but where more and better things are now seeming possible.  Keep up the great work, it’s adding value to the area and the city as a whole.”
            --Russ Stark, Ward 4 City Council Member
“I think it’s an exciting time to be located in the CEZ. The neighborhood has really turned around over the past 10 years. While it may have been overlooked in the past, people really want to locate their businesses here. The location is convenient, right in the center of the Twin Cities; the people in the neighborhood are creative and involved. There is an entrepreneurial can-do energy to the CEZ that has really caught on.”
            --Sandy Jacobs, Update Company

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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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