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The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

528 Hennepin Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

School PerformancesGroup Field TripsDiscounted TicketsGetting There

Centrally located in downtown Minneapolis, The Cowles Center is a catalyst for the creation, performance, education, enjoyment and celebration of dance and the performing arts. The Center includes ...

  • the 500-seat Goodale Theater
  • the Hennepin Center for the Arts, home to twenty leading dance and performing arts organizations
  • the state-of-the-art Target Education Studio, housing The Cowles Center’s distance learning program
  • the U.S. Bank Atrium

Phone: 612-206-3636
Box Office: 612-206-3600
Email: info@thecowlescenter.org


School Performances

Homeschool families and groups are invited to attend student matinees at The Cowles Center at the same discounted rate as school groups. There is no minimum group size, so individual homeschool families may reserve tickets or an organizer may choose to set up a field trip.

All matinees begin at 10:30am. They are 60 minute programs that include a Question and Answer at the end.


Group Field Trips

Cost per Child/Student: $5
Cost per Adult/Educator: $5

Minimum Group Size: 10 (for groups of less than 10, see Discounted Tickets below)
Maximum Group Size: 500

Cancellation Policy/Cancellation Deadline: Usually within 4 to 6 weeks of the date of the performance.

Reservations: Online reservation information can be found at www.thecowlescenter.org/education/k-12-teacher-programs/student-matinees or contact Emily Ban, Education Manager, at 612-206-3643 or eban [at] thecowlescenter.org.

Seating: Groups are assigned seats based on group size and accommodation needs.
Note: Groups should allow the ushers to seat the entire group before attempting to rearrange seating or making trips to the restrooms, etc.

Target Grade Level: Kindergarten through 12th grade, each show has a different grade range, please check before booking a show.

Sibling Policy: Parents are asked to use their best judgment as to whether or not their younger children will be disruptive to other audience members. Everyone attending the matinee will need a ticket, even babes in arms.
Parent/Guardian/Educator Policy: All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Gathering Place Recommendations: The spacious lobby provides convenient indoor places to gather out of the way of other entering school groups.

For more information, contact Emily Ban, Education Manager, at 612-206-3643 or eban [at] thecowlescenter.org or visit www.thecowlescenter.org/education/k-12-teacher-programs/student-matinees


Discounted Tickets

Homeschool families are invited to attend student matinees at The Cowles Center at the same discounted rate as school groups with no minimum purchase required.

Cost per Child/Student: $5
Cost per Adult/Educator: $5

Reservations: Online reservation information can be found at www.thecowlescenter.org/education/k-12-teacher-programs/student-matinees or contact Emily Ban, Education Manager, at 612-206-3643 or eban [at] thecowlescenter.org.


Getting there

Driving Directions:

From the north, take I-35W south to the Washington Ave Exit. Turn right on to Washington Ave. Proceed to Hennepin Ave and turn left on to Hennepin. The Cowles Center will be on your right between 5th and 6th St on Hennepin Ave.

From the south, take I-35W north to the downtown exits, following the 5th Ave exit. Continue on 5th Ave to 5th St. Turn left on to 5th St. Proceed to Hennepin Ave and turn left on to Hennepin. The Cowles Center will be on your right between 5th and 6th St.

From the east, take I-94 West to the 11th St Exit. Follow 11th St to Hennepin Ave. Turn right on to Hennepin Ave. The Cowles Center will be on your right between 5th and 6th St.

From the west, take I-394 East to the 6th St Exit and proceed to Hennepin Ave. Turn Left on to Hennepin Ave. The Cowles Center will be on your left between 6th and 5th St.

The Cowles Center is easy to access from the Bus Line and is less than 1 block from the Warehouse District Lightrail Station. For more information on public transit, visit www.metrotransit.org

Parking information: Traffic and parking can be difficult in downtown Minneapolis. You can find nearby parking with Click and Park or find out about municipal ramps

Ramp C: While there are other parking ramps closer to The Cowles, Ramp C often offers easy and affordable parking. Expect to pay $5 for 2 hours of parking (the daily maximum is $7.50).

  • The address for Ramp C is 318 2nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
     
  • If you want to walk outside to The Cowles: Exit Ramp C onto 2nd Ave, turn right and walk ½ block to the intersection, turn left on 4th St, walk 2 blocks to Hennepin Ave, turn right and walk 1½ blocks to the Cowles. It's about a 5-minute walk or about ¼ mile.
     
  • If you want to walk the Skyway to The Cowles, it doubles your distance as you have to loop around. The inside walk will take you about 10 minutes and is about ½ mile. Your path is Ramp C to Ramp B to Target Center to Mayo Clinic Square to City Center, then exit outside to Hennepin Ave, turn right and walk about a ½ block to The Cowles.
     
  • Driving directions to Ramp C:
     
    • from I-35W south, take the Washington Ave Exit, turn right onto Washington, take a left onto 3rd Ave N and proceed into Ramp C.
       
    • from I-35W north, take the Downtown Exits, turn left on 9th St, take a right on 2nd Ave N and and proceed to Ramp C.
       
    • from I-94 west, take the 11th St Exit, then 11th St to Hennepin Ave and turn right, turn left on 9th St, then take a right on 2nd Ave N and proceed to Ramp C.


Information subject to change. Please check with The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Aug 5, 2017.

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