Performing Arts Peer Learning Community

Course Description

Innovative small and midsized performing arts groups bring significant artistic leadership, experimentation and community presence to our metropolitan Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. These three retreats, facilitated by knowledge experts in creative business development as well as working practitioners, will explore healthy business models. The retreat setting also provides a rich time apart from the routine, offering a unique and robust opportunity for peer engagement and exploration of common ground and collective interests. While ArtsLab will create the experience, participants will shape the content of this collective learning opportunity, targeting performing arts groups in the seven county Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan region.

What will participants gain from this experience?

Build knowledge in concepts of relevancy, relationships, resources and leadership;

Build skills in strategic thinking, coalition building and telling our story;

Build habits that enhance teamwork, commitment, and change management.

What will participants take away?

  • focused and adaptable business model
  • tools for monitoring and receiving feedback on the business plan
  • compelling story of vision, values, and identity 
  • toolkit of planning resources

Participating Organizations

ArtsLab is pleased for the opportunity to work with the following important arts organizations in our region:

Retreat Schedule

All three retreats take place from 1:00 p.m. on Friday through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at a location within easy driving distance of the metropolitan area:
  • September 23-24, 2016
  • November 18-19, 2016
  • January 20-21, 2017


There is no cost for registration, double occupancy hotel rooms, or meals, thanks to support from The McKnight Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, and the Bigelow Foundation. 

Support Acknowledgement

Participants in this Peer Learning Community are asked to include a credit line and logo of ArtsLab in all acknowledgements of donors and on your Web site. Please find instructions and logo files here.