Mission, Vision, Values

A Message To Our Community -

Dear Cowles Community,

The Cowles Center grieves the tragic murder of George Floyd with our community. We join our voices with those who demand justice and condemn the systemic and racial injustices which abetted his death. 

Through the turmoil, there is hope. We are proud of the way our community - the activists, artists, changemakers, and those who do not yet define themselves thusly - have banded together to fight against those injustices.  They do so with their fellow neighbors at heart. 

It is not lost on us that this coureagous action is taken against the backdrop of a global pandemic. COVID-19 has kept us apart for months but it has not weakend the power of community.

Our hearts remain heavy, but we look forward to when we can again gather in celebration of art and dance. It is our hope that we will do so within a more equitable world.

Be well; stay safe.

The Cowles Center. 

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.