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History of our Facility Planning Process 1994-2012
- In 1994, Intermedia Arts purchased its present building at 2822 Lyndale Avenue South in South Minneapolis and, over a three-year period, successfully concluded a $1.4 million capital campaign to completely renovate the space (the former Bee Line auto-repair shop). The resulting facility is a recognized national model for a versatile, accessible, multidisciplinary arts and community center.
- In 2000, Intermedia Arts purchased an adjacent lot and building at 2831 Aldrich Avenue South with the hopes of someday developing the site.
- In 2006, in partnership with CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs) at the University of Minnesota, a graduate student researcher conducted a four-month study on artist, community and neighborhood investment and need for affordable, stable and accessible community arts spaces in the 55408 zip code.
- In January 2009, Intermedia Arts hosted SOTA: State of the Arts conversations between small and mid-sized arts groups in order to discover new ways to work together and support one another as we as a sector struggle in this difficult economy. Through SOTA, Intermedia Arts reached 200 small and mid-sized arts organizations and 90 leaders. Valuable feedback and data gathered at these meetings has impacted our planning and developed a more thorough understanding of the current needs in the arts community among small and mid-sized organizations and their facilities.
- With the leadership of Theresa Sweetland and James Farstad, and in partnership with Creation in Common consulting, Intermedia Arts board and staff completed, in June 2008, a new 3-5 year strategic planning which included extensive data collection among stakeholders, artists and Intermedia Arts team members.
- In 2010 Intermedia Arts completed an 18 month operational plan with Nancy Lee from Larson Allen to operationalize key goals with particular emphasis on organization capitalization, financial sustainability, and enhanced programming. Also in 2010, Intermedia Arts completed a feasibility study with support from Twin Cities LISC and with MS&R Architects focused on green renovation and upgrades to our current facility and property.
- In early 2011, Intermedia Arts was selected by the Target Foundation for the Theater Renovation Fund and over 100 Target employees spent two full days at Intermedia Arts making significant facilty improvements through painting, carpeting, new flooring, shelving and organizing. Also in 2011, Intermedia Arts was granted financial support through the Andy Warhol Initiative to make immediate upgrades to our facility, parking lot and capital support to renovate our adjacent building to open the ArtsHub
- In 2012,Intermedia Arts was again granted Andy Warhol Initiative funding to support a community visioning process to be completed by June 2012.