Midwest Arts Conference

Dancers, actors, aerial artists, and other performing arts professionals come together for four days of education and exhibition

The Midwest may have been flyover country once upon a time, but today its booming arts scene and vast array creative talent have elevated the farm states to a level on par with New York City and Los Angeles.

Demonstrating just how far our region has come in the wonderful world of art is the annual Midwest Arts Conference. Now in its 24th year, the conference brings together nearly 1,000 performing artists, arts presenters and venues, and arts administrators from around the world. And they come for more than just the educational and motivational classes: they come to perform.

On Thursday and Friday night starting at 6:30 p.m., local and visiting groups show off their performance chops through Spotlight and Independent Showcases. Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind shows, featuring acts ranging from “Premier Dance Minnesota: The Best of the Twin Cities,” a conglomerate effort of Shapiro & Smith Dance, Ragamala Dance, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, James Sewell Ballet, Zenon Dance Company, Tu Dance, and Sossy Mechanics (all local dance groups), to Project in Motion’s “The Palace at Night,” where high art (inspired by the life and works of sculptor Alberto Giacometti) meets aerial art.

Midwest Arts Conference
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Mpls.
Wednesday, September 7-Saturday, September 10
Times and locations vary for performances, see schedule