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Lake Street Arts! (LSA!) is an interdisciplinary leadership and community development vehicle. It is a multi-year initiative focusing on placemaking and placekeeping through the arts. Working with artists from East African, Latina/o/x and Indigenous Communities along East Lake Street, LSA! uses art as a tool to shape development plans towards a more equitable, sustainable model of growth.

Through a generous grant from NEA’s Our Town grant, Lake Street Arts! (LSA!) is beginning is second phase of work.  Strategies include launching the Arts Organizing Institute and working with the City of Minneapolis and South Minneapolis communities to engage in the the planning and development of East Lake Street through Arts, Culture, and Arts Organizing. 

Video by:  Kayla Boettcher

Join the Movement

Pangea's Lake Street Arts! initiative supports a wide range of community engagement programming that promotes community, artistic and leadership development. 

Story Circle Project
Home Performance Projects
Midday Theater Hour
LSA! at the Market
Colors of Lake Street
Emerging Artist Showcase
Community Learning Gatherings
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The Arts Organizing Institute

This ten-month institute is dedicated to growing the number of artist organizers involved in community and city development work. Through a combination of artistic workshops, professional development trainings, peer-to-peer skill shares, and creative, community engagement projects, we will work on Lake Street’s art and culture corridor and explore what countering displacement could mean as we engage in Minneapolis’ comprehensive city planning process.


The Institute has three major curriculum pieces, with many opportunities for applying learning concepts through hands-on experience with other members of the cohort, community allies, and other aspects of Lake Street Art!’s work strategies.