Art-A-Whirl: The Basics
What is it?
A celebration of art in the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis, brought to you by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA). With over 800 artists at more than 60 locations showcasing their work, Art-A-Whirl gives you a chance to meet and buy art from all types of different artists including painters, jewelers, photographers, and woodcarvers. This event is the largest of its kind in the country and includes opportunities to see private artist studios and galleries, demonstrations, mini-workshops, installations and special exhibitions. It’s free and open to public and includes unique events in coordination with local businesses throughout the area.
When is it?
May 20th - 22nd, 2022
Where is it?
Studio buildings, art galleries, home storefronts and local businesses in Northeast Minneapolis.
Check the online shop with thousands of artworks by hundreds of NEMAA members! Shipping and curbside pick-up are available.
What's open during Art-a-whirl weekend?
Use NEMAA’s map and listings to find artists & galleries who are open for Art-A-Whirl. Some sites are open by reservation or appointment only, so plan ahead! Be sure to wear a mask and socially distance.
Find an Art-a-Whirl Experience
Find special in-person activities and browse videos of art demos, studio tours, and performances by NEMAA members.
Find NEMAA Members
Use the online Directory to find members by type (artist, business, food & beverage, etc.), medium, location, and whether they are open for in-person visits or online only.
How to get around?
Art-a-Whirl provides free trolley rides that make stops at various artist locations throughout the NE Minneapolis Arts District. Check out the trolley schedule for exact times and locations. There are free parking lots near most artist locations and on street-parking, and Metro Transit is offering free bus rides throughout the weekend. Click here for information on how to get around.
I Bought Art Sticker
If you purchase original artwork make sure to receive an “I Bought Art” sticker. Participating local businesses will offer discounts to anyone wearing this sticker at Art-A-Whirl. See here for a list of deals.