Events

Arts and crafts

Unleash your inner artist and learn to make or do something new.

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Celebrations and cultural heritage

Join your friends and neighbors to celebrate community and culture.

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Performances and movies

Enjoy the arts with others live or on screen.

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Theater and performing arts workshops

Explore theater, dance and more.

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Online resources

Art Full Text

Full-text articles on fine, decorative, folk, and commercial art; photography; film; and architecture. Index of peer-reviewed journals, dissertations, and art reproductions. Goes back to 1997.

Art Index Retrospective

Index of art journals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, book and film reviews, and more from 1929 to 1984.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)

Works of art representing a broad range of fine and decorative arts from many eras found in well-known collections, mostly in the U.S. Includes audio files, video and mixed media.

Dance in Video

Performances, documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos from the most influential performers and companies of the 20th and 21st century.

Music Online Premium

Reference works, scores, liner notes, and streaming audio and video of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Covers American music, classical music, dance, jazz, popular music, theatre, and world music and spans all time periods.

Oxford Art Online

Articles, maps, diagrams, line drawings, and links to color images. Includes images of signatures, historical auction records, and lists of museum holdings.

Play Index

Plays written from antiquity to today and published from 1949 to the present. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama.

Theatre in Video

Productions of the world's leading plays and documentaries discussing the history of theatre, acting methods, pioneering dramatists, and actors.

Art at the library

Hennepin County recognizes that art in public places contributes to the life and vitality of a community. You'll find a variety of art at many of our libraries.

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MnSpin

MnSpin for music lovers

MnSpin, a new online collection of Minnesota music curated by local experts will launch in fall of 2017. The collection will feature the selected recent work of musicians of all genres who are currently performing or based in Minnesota. Songs and full albums will be free to stream or download. Minnesota artists will gain exposure, and music lovers can explore the rich diversity of the local scene and find new favorite local artists and bands.

Musicians get your music heard!

Open call for music submissions, July 5 - August 2

Starting July 5, musicians interested in adding their music to MnSpin can submit a song for consideration. A group of Minnesota music experts will review all submissions and select up to 40 albums to launch the collection. Selected artists will sign a license agreement and receive $200 to make their album available to library patrons for free download or streaming.

Submit your music to MnSpin

Funding for MnSpin is provided by the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Cargill Hall exhibits

Cargill Hall is an exhibition gallery located in Minneapolis Central Library. Six major exhibits are presented annually on topics that include visual art, history, culture, literature and science.

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smARTpass

smARTpass is an arts access program for metro area public library patrons.

You can use your library card to get free and discounted tickets to performances and museums.

Go to smARTpass