1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington MN 55431
Bloomington Theatre and Art Center's (BTAC) mission is to enrich the cultural fabric of the communities we serve by producing high quality theater and arts programs, welcoming and nurturing talent and providing educational opportunities for our community
BTAC provides an opportunity for professional and emerging artists residing in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin to exhibit their work in spacious, expertly lighted spaces. The goal of the visual arts exhibitions program with respect to artists is to present their work in a respectful, creative, and thoughtful setting; to promote their work in a manner that encourages audience appreciation; and to serve as a resource. With respect to our audiences, BTAC seeks to create a forum that is open, welcoming, and challenging; to entice them to return often; and to develop their appreciation for art. In 2010, BTAC will mount seven exhibitions in our Inez Greenberg Gallery and seven in our Atrium Gallery. Some exhibitions feature the work of single artists; others are group shows including more than 50 exhibitors. Extensive gallery hours allow thousands of visitors to experience these exhibits throughout the year. In addition, visitors may purchase one-of-a-kind, handmade items in the Rose Schneider Gift Shop.
BTAC’s educational offerings range from single-day workshops to six-session courses in drawing and painting, glass and jewelry, ceramics, creative writing, theater arts, creative process, and the “business of art.” We serve children aged five and up as well as adults with diverse backgrounds: while some of our students have never put a paintbrush to canvas, others are experienced artists. Reflecting this spectrum of experience, courses recently offered ranged from “Beginning Oil and Acrylic Painting” and “Creative Writing Sampler” to “Metal Jewelry Fabrication: Open Studio” and “Moving Into Metaphor: Writing About Needs in Times of Want.” We served approximately 1,130 adult registrants and 305 youth registrants in our workshops and courses in 2009. An additional 162 adult and 283 youth registrants participated in outreach activities including focused workshops for charter schools, small group instruction for Girl and Boy Scout troops, artist-led activities at parties for children, and the hosting of art groups such as the Minnesota Artists Association, Minnesota Tile Makers Association, and the Minnesota Watercolor Society.
Academic, Gallery, Nonprofit, Theater/Performance Venue