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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

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As required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, see our Federal Report (XML) for this project.

Dollars Awarded


Project Status

Fully completed

Project Description

The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts (formerly known as the Minnesota Shubert Center) will be the state’s first flagship center for dance and other performing arts. The Center will provide space for over 20 nonprofit organizations to work, teach, rehearse, audition, and perform, as well as house an award-winning distance learning program. The project consists of rehabilitating the historic Shubert Theater and constructing a new “Great Hall” connecting with the adjacent Hennepin Center for the Arts building. In addition to strengthening a cultural and educational institution, the project will stabilize a challenged block of downtown Hennepin Avenue, utilize green building techniques, and create dozens of construction and operational jobs. The project overall is expected to create 100 construction jobs.

Funding Program

Community Development Block Grants

Responsibility for Implementation

Community Planning and Economic Development

Funding Agency

US Department of Housing & Urban Development

Dollars Leveraged


Dollars Leveraged Description

This project has raised more than $37 million over the life of the project in non-CDBG-R funds from corporate, foundation, individual, State, and City sources. Approximately $21.7 million will be spent to complete the construction of the project.

Dollars Requested


Projected Jobs Created


Award Type


Sub-recipient Names

Minnesota Shubert Center for Dance and Music, Inc

Vendor Names

McGough Construction Co., Inc.
Miller Dunwiddie Associates Inc

Recovery Funds Spent to Date


Last updated Mar 14, 2014