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Is Art-A-Whirl happening this year?

Yes! But due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the 2021 Art-A-Whirl will not be held as a normal event. Art-A-Whirl is online, with individual studios, galleries, and businesses hosting their own in-person open hours during the weekend of May 14—16, 2021.

Do I have to wear a mask?

As of today, 5/14/2021, the City of Minneapolis still has the mask mandate in place, even if you are fully vaccinated. Please wear a mask in indoor spaces and outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be observed.

What does Art-A-Whirl Online offer?

We have a full NEMAA online shop with thousands of artworks by hundreds of NEMAA members! Shipping and curbside pick-up are available. Our Experience page has over a hundred videos of studio tours, art demos, and performances. Our Food & Beverage partners have links to ordering for pick-up or delivery.

How does Art-A-Whirl work in-person?

Some individual artists, galleries, and food & beverage establishments are holding their own open hours for in-person visits. This is different from a normal year where all the studios and galleries are open at the same time consistently over the weekend. Use NEMAA’s Map and Directory listings to find artists & galleries who are open during Art-A-Whirl weekend. Some sites are open by reservation or appointment only, so plan ahead!

Some sites will have Art-A-Whirl Activities, such as music, demos, or interactive offerings. Some will be by sign-up only. We will be listing these offerings on the Art-A-Whirl Experience page closer to Art-A-Whirl.

If visiting in-person, be sure to wear a mask, observe social distancing, and respect capacity limits.

Are there capacity limits in studios?

Yes. According to Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan, individual studios are limited to 50% capacity. If a studio is at capacity, you can wait (but please do not congregate in the hallway) or keep exploring and return after a little time has passed. You can also make an appointment to view the artist’s work at a time outside of Art-A-Whirl.

Is Art-A-Whirl my only chance this year to experience the Northeast art scene?

No way! Several studio buildings hold monthly Open Studios, and this fall events like Art Attack, Open Casket, Thorp Warp, and more will be held on the same weekend in early November. Check out NEMAA’s Events page for all the cool happenings that our 1,000+ members are up to, and sign up for our monthly Audience Newsletter to stay in the loop!

When is Art-A-Whirl 2022?

May 20—22, 2022. Hey! The dates and the year match!


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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