History

Mu Performing Arts team at an ArtsLab retreat

ArtsLab began in 1999 as a two-year pilot project of six major foundations, serving eight arts organizations within the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. Since the original pilot project, ArtsLab has offered three multi-year program cycles, as well as shorter term learning communities, and expanded its reach to include greater Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Today, it has shifted from an incubated foundation project to a major program of Arts Midwest, exploring and developing new approaches to building leadership and management skills in community-based arts organizations.