The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts permanently connects two of downtown Minneapolis' most historic structures, the former Hennepin Center for the Arts (HCA) and the former Shubert Theater, which originally stood two blocks apart. Artspace acquired HCA in 1997 and the long-vacant theater the following year. Over 12 memorable days in February 1999, the theater was moved to its new home on Hennepin Avenue; at 5.8 million pounds, it was the heaviest building ever moved on rubber tires - a feat duly recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. More than a decade in the making, The Cowles Center fills a major void in the Twin Cities' art scene by providing office, rehearsal and performance space for small and midsize arts organizations, including many of the area's major dance companies.
The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts is the Twin Cities' newest arts center and the flagship for dance in Minnesota. Centrally located in downtown Minneapolis, The Cowles Center includes the newly refurbished 500-seat Goodale Theater; the former Hennepin Center for the Arts, home to 20 leading dance and performing arts organizations; the state-of-the-art Target Education Studio, housing The Cowles Center's innovative distance learning program; and the new U.S. Bank Atrium. The Cowles Center is a catalyst for the creation, presentation, education, enjoyment and celebration of dance and the performing arts in the Twin Cities.