IDA awards top industry honor to Mpls DID for Street Show program
The International Downtown Association (IDA) has recognized the Mpls Downtown Improvement District with the Downtown Achievement Pinnacle Award for its work and initiatives related to its Street Show Artists Unite for Justice Initiative. In 2020 and 2021, the Street Show program has donated more than $16,000 to local social justice organizations. >> Read More
Street Show is the place to find out about street performance
in downtown Minneapolis
Encouraging a welcoming and exciting downtown experience for all
Everyone loves a good show—we asked people what contributes to a vibrant downtown experience and found that street performance is always near the top of the list. Minneapolis has long been famous for its deep pool of local performance talent, but our street performance culture does not measure up to peer cities.
Creating a stronger culture of downtown street performance
Since 2017, Street Show has embraced this challenge and brought more than 2,000 hours of street performance to Nicollet and Hennepin avenues. Street Show trains performers on the rules for safely busking downtown and encourages audiences to support performances they appreciate.
Providing a platform for local performers
Street Show provides equipment, signage and promotional support, as well as a stipend to address meager tipping (about $26 per two-hour performance in 2021). Performers receive $50-90/hour, depending on the size of their group.
Street Show Artists Unite for Justice
Since 2020, Street Show artists have been supporting the cause of social justice by directing Mpls DID donations to a range of organizations working to make Minneapolis a more just and equitable city. To-date, the Mpls DID has donated $16,700 to support their important work.
Making it happen
Street Show is organized by the Mpls Downtown Improvement District and curated by Hennepin Theatre Trust and the Warming House with financial support primarily from downtown commercial property owners.