Schedule of Events
The Dance Mile is 5280 Feet of Awesomeness – Join us Saturday August 16th for an Interactive Dance Experience!
Start Location: Lot Between 1st Street & Nicollet Ave
5:00 – 5:45 PM: Registration & BIB Bedazzling
5:45 – 6:30 PM: Pre Party – Dance Acts – Warmup
6:30 – 7:30 PM: Dance Mile down Nicollet Mall!
7:30 – 8:00 PM: Celebration Party – Dance Acts – Costume Contests @ The Pourhouse, all ages welcome! Food, Water, & Drinks Available!
8:00 PM – After Party @ The Pourhouse – Join us for DJ’s and a cover band in their Dance Club!
Why Run When You Can Dance?
Venue and Route
Dance Event Format – Point to Point (Finishing at The Pourhouse)
Start Location: E. 15th Street – Lot Between 1st Street & Nicollet Ave
* Adult Tickets – Ages (13+)
* Kids Tickets – Ages (5-12)
Please note: All kids need to be chaperoned and are required to dance in a designated section at the end of the parade.
No infants, toddlers, strollers, or pets please
* Dance down closed off city streets in downtown Minneapolis!
* Pre & Post Party Dance Acts
* Adults – Neon tank top, Kids – Custom Parade Flags
* Swag Bag, Bib Number, & Bedazzling Station
* At The Door Tickets Available at 5:00 PM – $39
* Kids Tickets – $10
Dance Mile Tickets are refundable up to 7 days prior to event
Free Arts Minnesota
Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors.
HELPING YOUTH IN LA, NYC, PHOENIX, AND MINNEAPOLIS SINCE 1997
An Art Therapist founded the first Free Arts for Abused Children in Los Angeles over 30 years ago. She was motivated by the belief that art and positive adult relationships are not a luxury for children dealing with physical and sexual abuse, but a necessity.
In 1997, Free Arts Minnesota began serving children in residential treatment center, domestic abuse shelters, and therapeutic pre-schools. We began as a project of the Junior League of Minneapolis. Soon thereafter, we received our first major funding from Lifetouch. They are still supporting us today!
In 2001, Free Arts Minnesota became a separate nonprofit with Michelle Silverman as the first executive director. Our aim was to help at-risk kids have a more positive and productive future. Our art programs for homeless and abused youth began to impact even more youth in the Twin Cities.
In 2010, Dan Thomas was hired as executive director. He started the “Twice the Healing Campaign” which brought about the expansion of Free Arts Weekly Mentorship program to many more social service agencies and gave 4,000 young people each year more access to art.
In 2012, the Free Arts board changed our name from Free Arts for Abused Children of Minnesota to Free Arts Minnesota. This was in recognition of a revised mission to “inspire hope and build self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors.”
Want To Perform?
Minneapolis Dance Groups – We want you to join our festival!
Pre-Party Dance Acts
Post-Party Dance Acts
Interactive Parade Acts
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Volunteer Jobs Available:
Event Break Down