Welcoming participation, pride, and belonging
Neighborhoods are a wellspring of social connection and cultural identity for residents. But decades of systemic neglect in parts of our cities have foreclosed on that promise. Here Pillsbury United Communities is a force for renewal, joining with our neighbors to build a more livable and inclusive community block by block.

Creativity for livability
We use the tools of art and civic engagement to enhance the distinctive social and physical character of our urban corridors for everyone who lives there.

Grassroots connections
By creating more vibrant neighborhoods where people feel they belong and believe they can make good things happen, we lay foundation for a proud and resilient community.

Boosting the signal.
Each issue of North News works to deepen empathy and appreciation for North Minneapolis through original reporting and insightful stories — all told from a Northside perspective. A training ground for a new generation of journalists, the paper puts youth in the driver’s seat from start to finish.

“Creative placemaking is imagining something that never existed before and making it, together, in community.” Noel Raymond, Co-Creative Director Pillsbury House + Theatre


Child on stilts at PHT theatre camp

Creative Placemaking

Our community development initiatives foster people’s intrinsic connections to their neighborhoods and to each other. Bringing together local artists side by side with community members, these projects knit creativity into the neighborhood to beautify our city and open platforms for expression.

DJ in KRSM studio

Community Voice

Everyone has the capacity to join and enrich the community conversation. Through participatory community media and arts experiences, we amplify underrepresented voices in our community. We offer people of all ages the chance to use their creativity, share their stories, and shape the narrative of their neighborhood.

Waite House youth visiting the MN capitol

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is threaded into all our work, welcoming neighbors to be part of change in their community and to guide the systems that affect their lives. We hold space for important conversations and empower our neighbors to drive the agenda, from political organizing to city planning.

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Special Events

Community and cultural celebrations that bring neighbors together. Dates and times vary. Check the event calendar for upcoming events.

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Room Rentals

Room rentals and event space for community groups, public meetings, and more. Reservations required. Call your neighborhood center for details.

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Pillsbury House + Theatre

A hub for transformational art that brings the public as close as possible to the best local talent while engaging important conversations that lead to positive change. Visit for upcoming performances.

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North News

Grassroots print and digital community news source and youth journalism training program in North Minneapolis. Read online at

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Naked Stages

Seven-month training fellowship that provides three emerging performance artists with the time, resources, and mentorship they need to bring their distinctive visions to life on stage. Naked Stages performances are the final step of a multi-layered program designed to empower

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KRSM Radio

FM radio station broadcasting from the Phillips community in South Minneapolis featuring shows in 6 different languages (English, Spanish, Somali, Ojibwe, Hmong, and Haitian Creole) and 10 hours of programming each week by Indigenous hosts. Recording equipment available for loan

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