Mission, Vision, Values

The Cowles Center is a catalyst for the creation, presentation, education, enjoyment, and celebration of dance and the performing arts.

To be a nationally recognized model for cultivating a thriving community of dancers and dance lovers.

We believe in supporting artists, arts organizations, and audiences by providing valuable opportunities for our region; We are inventive and creative, valuing deeply what these attributes bring to our organization and the community; We are a dynamic organization that embraces change; We are good stewards of our financial, physical and human resources, working with transparency, accountability, and integrity.

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts gained its 501(c)(3) status in October 2009. The Cowles Center was developed and created by Artspace Projects, Inc. the nation’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, to serve as the flagship center for dance in the Twin Cities. Since opening its doors in 2011, The Cowles Center has welcomed more than 1,000,000 audience members, students, and artists to The Cowles Center. The historic buildings we reside in have become a dynamic hub of creativity, innovation, education, and diversity—resulting in a vibrant arts community in which we all can live, work, and play.