History of NEMAA

In 1995, a collective of Northeast neighborhood artists held the first Art-A-Whirl open-studio tour to showcase their work and establish their presence in the community. The collective grew as the studio tours rapidly gained popularity.

In 1997, the artist collective formed the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to promote and support arts events and community resources in Northeast Minneapolis.

And in 2002, members of NEMAA, the City of Minneapolis, the McKnight Foundation, and local businesses worked together to establish the formal geographical area that is today known as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.