In The Community

In the community 

Community is one of the Guthrie’s core values, and we believe that what happens outside our walls informs what happens inside them. That’s why we strive to deepen our connection to the arts and each other through audience-engaging events and partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations across the Twin Cities and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Guthrie Education Network 

As part of our mission to engage the next generation through theater, we launched the Guthrie Education Network in 2016 to encourage students to “think like an artist” and use creativity to solve challenges in their communities. We placed our first few teaching artists in Minneapolis Public Schools and have begun to expand across the state, starting with schools in Cloquet and Hinckley.

During our 2017–2018 Season, 10 teaching artists spent a total of 2,500 classroom hours working with staff and students to develop custom arts curricula that leveraged the Guthrie’s artistic resources. And we hope to place even more teaching artists in more Minnesota schools in the years to come.

Stories From the Drum 

This project builds on the important collaboration we began in 2017 with Indigenous Direction to produce Water Is SacredBoth seek to expand and deepen relationships with the Indigenous communities who hold ties to the Mississippi River and the sacred land on which the Guthrie sits.  

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We began work on Stories From the Drum in September 2018 as part of Theatre Forward’s Advancing Strong Theatre grant program.

The project includes:

  • A series of community workshops that celebrate and amplify Indigenous voices through storytelling
  • Tickets to Guthrie performances that include audience engagement activities, free transportation and pre-show communal conversation and meals
  • Public performances on the McGuire Proscenium Stage June 1–2 developed and directed by Indigenous community members

 Luminous Current by Juxtaposition Arts

In 2018, the Guthrie received a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Access grant designed to foster relationships between our theater and nonprofit organizations in North Minneapolis. Through a partnership with Juxtaposition Arts — a teen-staffed creative development agency — their light-based art installation Luminous Current is now on display on our top floor.

The Guthrie’s unique position between the Mississippi River and Minneapolis is the inspiration behind the installation. Luminous Current reflects the color and shape of the river, and the lighting can be adjusted to mirror a mood, season or time of day. 

Designed by D’angelo Raymond and Temesgen Besha.

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