Mission, Vision, & Values
Artistry is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a regional audience of more than 80,000 people annually.
In pursuit of artistic excellence, we engage our region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.
A diverse, distinctive, and progressive community widely recognized for making art and artists essential to a vibrant social fabric and civic life.
Citizenship. We are deeply grateful for our Bloomington roots, committed to the progress of our city, and proud to make it a cultural destination for audiences throughout our region.
Developing talent. We foster a collaborative environment where talented artists from multiple generations and career stages can mentor and learn from one another.
Courage. We embrace change and take thoughtful risks in the pursuit of artistic excellence.
Inclusiveness. We aspire to make all people feel welcome and respected.
From its modest beginnings in the mid-1950s, our theater program now engages the best directors, choreographers, designers, and other theater artists in the region. Artistry produces seven productions per season, including dramas and comedies in the intimate Black Box Theater and large musicals with a critically-acclaimed pit orchestra in the 366-seat Schneider Theater. Our productions draw a combined audience of 35,000+ from across the Twin Cities metro.
Artistry showcases the work of emerging and established artists from Minnesota and surrounding states. Each year, we curate 14 exhibitions that span a wide continuum of media and subject matter in two galleries in the Bloomington Center for the Arts, drawing more than 55,000 visits. The galleries are open seven days a week and exhibitions are always free, making them accessible to a large and diverse audience. We offer a welcoming and friendly environment that encourages gallery visitors to explore and learn about artists and the creative process.
Artistry's rapidly-expanding education program has grown from 575 participants in 2010 to more than 7,000 in our fiscal year 2016. We offer year-round classes and workshops at the Bloomington Center for the Arts and bring arts learning experiences to people of all ages and abilities at schools, senior centers, libraries, farmers markets, and shopping centers in Bloomington and beyond. All of our teachers are practicing artists with expertise in their media and an enthusiasm for nurturing creativity.
Public Art and Creative Placemaking
In 2013, we received a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to launch a long-term initiative to work with the City of Bloomington and other partners to transform Bloomington's South Loop into a vibrant, distinctive neighborhood. In July 2015, the Bloomington City Council and Artistry Board of Directors adopted a Creative Placemaking in the South Loop plan to build on phase one momentum. Other public art projects include working with United Properties to facilitate a large exterior installation for the Fresh Thyme Market in Bloomington's Penn-American district.
On July 1, 2015, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center became Artistry. Find information about the rebranding here, including Frequently Asked Questions and our rebranding announcement video.