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In this issue:

  • "Puckelball" Coming to the Zone
  • In the Zone: Tech Dump
  • Open Space/Open Bar at Forecast Public Art
  • Dow Gallery and Framing Grand Opening Photos
  • It's Patio Season!
  • Join the CEZ Events Working Group
  • Potential Flagpole Project in the Zone
  • March Art Showing at the Dow
  • Envisioning the Future of St. Anthony Park
  • New Report Illustrates Arts and Culture Economic Impact
  • Lydia Place to Begin Public Worship
  • Sprinboard for the Arts Workshops
  • New Database Simplifies Grant Landscape
  • Get Ready for Knight Arts Challenge
  • Street Reconstruction Coming to Franklin Ave

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With the Dubliner, the Most Storied, Authentic Irish Pub in the Twin Cities


Saturday, March 14

Music By:
5:00pm--Gaslighters Union,
8:00pm--Broken Spoke
Food by: Twin City Fritter & Filly Company

Tuesday March 17th

Music By:
11:00am--Hounds of Finn
2:00pm--Todd Menton
5:00pm--Tiller Black
8:00pm--Irish Brigade
Food By: Gastro Truck
In addition to becoming one of the Creative Enterprise Zone’s most adored community gathering places and watering holes, the Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Avenue, has become a staple of Gaelic culture in the Twin Cities.
On any given night, the Dubliner features some of the Twin Cities best and most authentic Irish musicians. Every Wednesday night features Céilí dancing with instruction from the honored and faithful Irish dance instructor Paul McCluskey, who has been leading the Wednesday night dances for 20 years.
The Second Monday Shanty Sing is an authentic experience that will make you feel more a part of the Motherland than just about anything you can do this side of the Atlantic.
There’s never a cover, either. “It wouldn’t be a very Irish thing to do,” says longtime owner Tom Scanlon. “It’s not ‘Fàilte,’” says manager Geri Connelly, referencing the Gaelic phrase for “welcome.”
“I think we’ve been so consistent for the last 31 years, we’ve had Irish music and dancers here for 31 years and we never charge a cover charge for anyone. We support Irish music and dance more than anyone, and we’ve always done that,” Scanlon says.
From the collection of traditional whiskey jars that line the top of the bar back to the collection of John F. Kennedy posters that adorn the walls, the Dubliner is an unmistakably authentic Irish destination year-round.
It really couldn’t be any other way. Both Connelly and Scanlon hold their strong Irish roots with pride. The Irish Gazette recently named Connelly Irish Woman of the year. Scanlon immigrated to the United States in 1965 from Tarbert County Kerry on the West Coast of Ireland. His accent hasn’t faded, and neither has his affinity for Irish culture. As a result, the Dubliner Pub has developed a reputation as the Irish bar for the Irish community in the Twin cities.
It’s also developed a reputation as a place to find love. “There’s been a lot of matches made at the Dubliner,” Connelly says. “More people have told us they met their spouse and the love of their life here.” In fact, it’s where Connelly and Scanlon first met more than 20 years ago, when Connelly heard a boisterous Irish accent from across the bar during one of the Ceili dance nights.
The Dubliner’s Irish heritage stretches back even before it was an Irish bar. Before Scanlon purchased the bar in 1996, it was the “Ace Box Bar,” and a popular hangout for the many Irish Immigrants working at Rock Tenn and other Industrial operations along University Ave. Through the years, the Dubliner has managed to maintain it’s working class charm, even as their patronage has evolved.
“This was a popular bar, there were a couple packing companies and this was a very busy place. People used to be lined up at seven in the morning when they got off the night shift,” Scanlon says.
Truth be told, the Dubliner’s history stretches back to the first part of the last century. Before moving to its current location, the Ace Box was a jazz bar located down the street at 2356 University Ave, where Caffe Biaggio currently sits. It moved to its current location in 1933.
“Rumor has it, it never closed during prohibition,” Scanlon says. It was also known as the longest physical bar in the Twin Cities. Half of that storied bar still serves as the bar back at the Dubliner and has been caringly preserved by Scanlon and Connelly.
Today, the Dubliner has come to play an important role in the Creative Enterprise Zone community. Connelly has been an active board member of the Creative Enterprise Zone Action Committee (CEZAC), she helped coordinate the celebration of the Green Line Launch, created a terrific wayfinding art bike that still stands in the bar, and has welcomed the community to meetings and events from an information session for the Knight Arts Challenge to a special mixer where people could share their work.
An artist by trade and former art teacher at Avalon School, Connelly has also been curating a gallery of art from CEZ artists at the Dubliner. You can currently find the work of CEZ artist Joshua Murray there.
This year, when the Irish comes alive across the city on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to stop by the Dubliner and experience a slice of the authentic Irish culture in the Twin Cities that this community treasure does so much to foster.

Helping to “Change the World through Play:” CEZ Nonprofit to Bring Puckelball to the Zone

Local youth soccer organization Joy of the People (JOTP) is working to bring only the third puckelball field in the world to the Creative Enterprise Zone. What is puckelball? It’s similar to soccer, but is played on a fantastical field reminiscent of something out of a Dr. Seuss book. The field is shaped like an “S” with undulating mounds throughout and winding, irregularly shaped goals.
“We like to relate sports to life, but a normal soccer field does not reprsent life properly,” says Swedish artist and puckelball inventor Johan Ström. “Life is not smooth and even, you never know where the ball will bounce. Sometimes it is just not fair.”
The first two fields were built in Sweden, and now JOTP founder Ted Kroeten is working with Ström to build the third at the South St. Anthony Park Recreation Center, 890 Cromwell Ave, in the Creative Enterprise Zone.
To help make the dream a reality, JOTP is hosting their first annual FUN-raiser Thursday, March 26 from 6:00-9:30pm at the beautiful 413 on Wacouta. Join them for a captivating evening of dinner, music, dinner, ideas and fun. You’ll also get the chance to meet Strom and Tim Jahnigen, inventor of the indestructible One World soccer ball

In the Zone: Tech Dump Recycles Electronics, Provides Jobs to Adults Facing Barriers to Employment

As the unusually warm weather continues to tempt thoughts of an early Spring, your mind might be turning to a bit of spring-cleaning. This year, it’s easier than ever for you to recycle and reuse those tough-to-toss electronics that have been gathering dust in your closet.
Tech Dump recently relocated to the Creative Enterprise Zone at 698 Prior Ave N. This great nonprofit specializes in free electronics recycling and reuse while providing stable jobs to adults facing barriers to employment. Tech Dump’s recycling services are available for both homes and businesses.
Tech Dump was awarded the 2015 Community Impact Award for Social Enterprise by Minnesota Business Magazine. Learn more about the excellent work Tech Dump is doing in the Zone and all the valuable recycling services they offer at

What does it mean to be inclusive in the field of public art? 

At OpenSpace/OpenBar, Forecast Public Art invites artists, administrators, architects, city planners, landscape architects, and anyone interested to create conversations in response to key questions facing the field of public art. This spring, their focus is on the idea of inclusion, often championed, but also a challenge to define and put into practice. Taking the idea of inclusion as a starting point, what are the responsibilities of public art practitioners? How might this concept impact how professionals, stakeholders, and communities approach a project? If inclusion is held as a value, what does it mean to put this idea into practice, to take talk to action? 
Wednesday, March 25 from 4-6 p.m. Dialogue, 6-7 p.m. Happy Hour. Space is limited and RSVPs are mandatory. Parking and location details will be sent to registered guests in advance of the event. RSVP here.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Celtic Junction

Tuesday March 17
6:30-10 pm
Celtic Junction
836 Prior Ave.
$10 at the door

Come to the Celtic Junction Tuesday March 17 for an evening of Irish Ceili dancing with traditional Irish music played by the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Pay $10 at the door and enjoy dancing, music, great craic all night. $5 for ages 12 years and under and 60 and up, children 5 and under are free.

"Kickin' it Irish," March 13, 14 and 15 at Celtic Junction

Delight in the spectacle of “Kickin' It Irish” at The Celtic Junction and celebrate Saint Paddy's Day in true Irish style. Featuring Dublin native and original Riverdancer Cormac O'Sé, Kickin' It Irish is a modern fusion of show-style Irish dance and live Irish music. The lineup consists of 18 world-class dancers, and an international five-piece band. The driving dance band, Two Tap Trio, features Norah Rendell, twice named Best Vocalist of the Year by Live Ireland Awards, and Brian Miller of acclaimed band Bua. Three 7:30PM performances are scheduled on March 13, 14, and 15 with a special matinee performance on March 14 at 3PM. The Celtic Junction is located at 836 Prior Ave N, Saint Paul 55104. The Celtic Junction is an all ages, family friendly venue.

DOW Gallery & Framing Opening Photos

We celebrated a successful opening of the Dow Art Gallery and Frame Shop last month with Gallery owner Khanh Tran and the many artists whose work is now being shown in the large, beautiful gallery space at the Dow Building. Here are a few images from the evening. Congratulations to Khanh and all the artists. Visit to learn more and see the list of fabulous artists now showing in the space.
Visit the Dow Art Gallery and Picture Framing Facebook page for even more photos and to keep up on all the latest happening at the gallery and shop.

Urban Growler Patio Open, Expands Taproom & Kitchen

Dare we jinx it? Might patio season arrive early in the Twin Cities? Whether or not this March heat wave holds, for the time being, at least, Urban Growler has opened their spacious patio. Stop by and enjoy the weather with your community. Minnesotans know better than to throw their winter jacket in storage just yet, but we’re also smart enough to get out and enjoy ourselves when we get an early seasonal treat like this.
While the patio is heating up outside, Urban Growler is expanding their taproom and kitchen inside. Working the wonderful local property managers, Update Company, Urban Growler was able to secure additional space at the property at 2325 Endicott Street. The added space will allow them to move the 16’x20’ cooler off the taproom floor, making room for additional indoor seating, as well as expand their kitchen space.
Stop by and see what’s brewing at Urban Growler. Apple Ale is the current Plow to Pint brew and there are currently 8 beers on tap. There is live music every other Wednesday. Take a date to the Table for Twosday, or check out their Bites and Flights deals every other Wednesday. The women at the growler are also planning to add burgers and Wisconsin-style a regular Friday night fish fry by this summer. Keep up on all the latest with the Twin Cities first woman owned and operated brewery at

Join the CEZ Events Working Group

From Make It Here events--Give & Takes hosted by the Creative Enterprise Zone, to mixers, celebrations and more, events have played an integral role in convening the people, energy and creativity that define the Creative Enterprise Zone. We’re looking to host events that connect, energize and celebrate the makers, places, and projects that make this area the creative destination it has become. If event planning and production is your thing, and you enjoy dreaming up creative ways to bring people together, this is the group for you.

Contact to get involved.

Potential Flagpole Project in the Zone

The CEZ Public Art Working Group has some intriguing ideas about how to use flagpoles in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Is there a flagpole on your building? Do you know of one elsewhere? Used or unused, we want to know about it. Email

March Art Showing at the Dow

Thursday, March 26
Dow Art Gallery and Picture Framing
2242 University Ave W

If you missed the grand opening, be sure to stop by the March Art Show at the Dow. More than 45 artists will be showing and food, drink and music will be provided. There will also be a raffle with a chance to win up to $1,000 in Art or Framing. To purchase raffle tickets, call 612-607-9203.
Learn more and RSVP here.

Transition Town – All St. Anthony Park Wants to Know Your Vision for the Future of this Community 

“In a changing world, what kind of community do we envision a generation from now?” That’s the question Transition Town – All St. Anthony Park (TTASAP) is looking for your help in answering with a new short survey. Help shape the future of this neighborhood, and in a small but important way, the world. Scientists agree that human activity is causing our climate to change in damaging ways.
TTASAP has started a year-long community-based planning process to:
Help mitigate global climate change by reducing our “carbon footprint”
Withstand and avoid disruptions from more severe weather
Live more connected lives right here, with neighbors, businesses, everyone.
Share what is most important to you as we adapt to a changing environment together. Complete this short survey by April 4 and help set the course for a successful future in St. Anthony Park and the Creative Enterprise Zone. The survey will not take long, but it should be completed in one sitting.

(Photo by Duane Schriever of TTASAP event to "Imagine 2040")

New Report Shows Integral Role Arts and Culture Orgs Play in Minnesota’s Economy

As the most comprehensive report ever done of the creative sector, Creative Minnesota is a new effort to fill the gaps in Minnesota's understanding of its cultural field. It kicks off a new centralized, concentrated effort to collect and report data on the creative sector every two years for analysis, education and advocacy. 
Creative Minnesota is a snapshot of the health and impacts of nonprofit arts and culture organizations in 2013 and looks at their spending and their audiences as well as other indicators of the sector's health and impact on the economy.
Here are some highlights of the report:
  • The arts and culture sector generates $1.2 billion in total economic impact annually
  • 1,269 nonprofit arts and culture organizations support the equivalent of 33,381 full time jobs
  • Nearly 19 million people attend nonprofit arts and cultural events annually.
  • 2.63 million students eighteen and under are served by the cultural sector

Read the full report at

Lydia Place to Begin Public Worship in the Zone

Lydia Place Collaborative Communities will begin public worship in the Creative Enterprise Zone by Easter 2015. What will it look like? Sound like? Feel like? They don't quite know, but it will be something that represents God's activity in this community. If you're interested in participating in the planning and formation of Lydian worship in the CEZ, please contact Scott Simmons ( Artists, dancers, actors, writers, singers, players, builders, designers and creative folks of all types are invited and welcome to this table. 

Upcoming Workshops from Springboard for the Arts

WORKSHOP: Copyright Essentials
Learn about copyright law from MnLA volunteer attorneys. Includes information on the basics of copyright and industry-specific information for musicians and craft artists. Come learn about music royalty systems, public performance rights, permissions, DMCA takedown notices and fair use.

Date: Monday, March 16, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Springboard for the Arts, 308 Prince Street, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN
Presenter: Joel Leviton, Attorney, Fish and Richardson
Tuition: $20
WORKSHOP: Social Media Plus
A picture is worth a thousand words. This workshop focuses on generating original content around your artwork and curating the content you interact with to build your online network. Looking at the benefits and trends in Etsy, Pinterest, and Instagram, this workshop aims to sharpen artists understanding of online brand building through creative marketing strategies and web analytics.
Date: Saturday, March 21, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Location: East Lake Library, 2727 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN
Presenter: Noah Keesecker, Springboard for the Arts
Tuition: Free. This project is funded by a grant to the Hennepin County Libraries from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
LEGAL CLINIC: For Creatives
During this pop-up legal clinic, artists and arts professionals can schedule a one hour appointment to meet face-to-face with an attorney who specializes in arts and entertainment law. Topics covered can range from copyright, trademark and other intellectual property issues to contract review and business organization questions. A limited number of appointments are available. Questions? Contact Kathryn Murray at 651-292-4381 or email
Date: Thursday, April 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Playwrights' Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Presenters: Attorneys from Springboard's Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program
Tuition: $20

To register for any of the above workshops or to learn more about other upcoming opportunities in the metro area from Springboard for the Arts, click here.

New Database Simplifies Grant Landscape for Arts, Culture, History Orgs

As any arts, culture or history organization knows full well, grants play an integral role in funding the projects, programing and work that continue to enrich Minnesotans lives and enliven our communities. We are lucky to have a robust philanthropy and funding landscape in Minnesota with hundreds of foundations, funders and organizations that exist to help arts, culture and history organizations achieve their goals and benefit their communities.
Keeping track of all the grants and deadlines available can be a trick, especially for small organizations with limited staff and capacity. Thanks to a new database from Access Philanthropy, that task just got a bit easier. With support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Access Philanthropy has created a free 24/7 database of funders—both resident and non-resident—which award grants to Minnesota Metro Area arts, culture, and history organizations. The database profiles provide detailed information on more than 400 funders, including financial data, contact info, giving priorities, sample grants, application procedures and giving history.
You can access the database here.
As part of the database, Access Philanthropy also puts out a quarterly deadline reminder calendar, which you can access here. 

Get Ready for the 2015 St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge

Submissions open April 20—May 18

It’s not to early to start thinking about what great ideas you’ll submit to the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge. This year’s challenge will open for submissions on April 20. You can sign up for email updates here. Start dreaming now and give yourself plenty of time to submit the best idea you’ve got.
Remember, there are three simple rules:
  1. The idea is about arts.
  2. The project takes place in or benefits St. Paul
  3. You find other funding to match the Knight Foundation grant. 
Check out last year’s winners for inspiration. Five submissions from artists and organizations in the Creative Enterprise Zone were selected as winners in the 2014 challenge. What will we achieve this year?

Street Reconstruction Coming to Section of Franklin Ave.

The City of Saint Paul Department of Public Works will hold a neighborhood meeting to present a proposed street reconstruction project on Franklin Avenue between Emerald Street and Eustis Street. This section of Franklin Ave in the Creative Enterprise Zone was recently co-named in honor of the legendary blues musician Dave Ray and will now be reconstructed over the 2015 season. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the construction process, and for you to inform City staff of your concerns. The meeting for the Franklin Avenue Reconstruction project will be held: 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 
South Saint Anthony Recreation Center 
890 Cromwell Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55114


Oops! We Goofed..

There was a mistake in the last issue of this newsletter. They happen to the best of us, and we hope you'll forgive us. The article titled "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Dubliner" should have said "Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Celtic Junction." As is corrected in the above feature about the Dubliner, there will be no cover charge for the festivities at the Dubliner on Saturday, March 14 or Tuesday, March 17. We hope you will get the chance to celebrate St. Patrick's day with both our friends at Celtic Junction and the Dubliner this year. Thanks for reading, and if you ever catch a mistake in our copy, don't hesitate to let us know.

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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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