Skip to Main Content

Welcome to the California Building, one of the first studio buildings in NE Minneapolis. The building has a long commitment to the arts, community and arts sustainability in Northeast Minneapolis.

Building owners, John Kremer and Jennifer Young purchased the property in 1991 and have rented studios to artists ever since. With over 80 artists as tenants, the building is an anchor in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

While we do not require masks, we do encourage them!

Art-A-Whirl

California Building is open Art-A-Whirl weekend on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

California Building is considered mobility accessible.

Elevator
Ramp
Restroom
Parking
Legend
Online sales available
Art-A-Whirl: open at least one day
Food truck

Art-A-Whirl Activities

Family-friendly
Indoor
Interactive Activity
Masks Required
Wheelchair Accessible

Beaded Ring Class

Cost: $30/person

Friday - May 17
Friday 5-9pm

Learn how to use beaded peyote stitch to make a perfectly sized beaded ring. This class is taught by Erin Peña and is open to anyone who feels comfortable working with small beads. Participants may draw their own pattern or use one of the available pre-made patterns.

 

Materials will be provided with admission, with the option to purchase extra. No pre-registration necessary, class is a drop-in format

California Building – 207B
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

2066056956 Send Email Visit Website

Art Demo
Family-friendly
Indoor
Interactive Activity

Brush Painting Class

Cost: Free

Saturday - May 18
Sat, 1-2PM

Demo of dog tail brush and ink on rice paper painting technique and an opportunity to try painting and taking a completed work home.

California Building – Studio 118
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-232-6686 Send Email

Family-friendly
Indoor
Interactive Activity

Ceramic Jewelry Making Workshop

Cost: $30

Sunday - May 19
Sun 2-2:45pm

Learn to make ceramic jewelry.

After a brief demonstration, participants will have a opportunity to create their own ceramic earrings.

Earrings will be fired and ready for pickup within 2 weeks.

Register by email. Drop ins, if room is available.

 

 

California Building – Studio 403
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Send Email Visit Website

Family-friendly
Food Truck
Outdoor
Wheelchair Accessible

Chef Shack

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri-Sun, all hours

Don’t miss Chef Shack, right by the California Building trolley stop during Art-A-Whirl®.

The 2024 James Beard Foundation Semi Finalist will be serving up all sorts of delicious eats!

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

CNC machine bit carving into wood
Art Demo
Family-friendly
Indoor
Wheelchair Accessible

CNC Machine Demo

Cost: Free

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri 5:30-5:45, Sat 12:30-12:45, Sun 12:30-12:45

Learn the basics of how we use a CNC machine (Computerized Numeric Control Machine) to cut out furniture legs and decor pieces, from the initial design process, to the “tool pathing” steps, to the final automated cuts. Watch our robotic employee cut out one of our sculptural pieces!

California Building – Studio 123
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-300-1950 Send Email Visit Website

Family-friendly
Indoor
Interactive Activity
Wheelchair Accessible

Community Sculpture Building

Cost: Free

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri 5-10, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-5pm

Visit studio 113 in the California Building during Art-A-Whirl® and help build our community sculpture. Grab a block of clay to shape using provided tools and then add your tiny sculpture to the platform and watch the miniature city come to life.

Free and open to all ages, we welcome you to add to the community sculpture all hours of Art-A-Whirl® 2024.

California Building – Studio 113
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-799-8077 Send Email

Family-friendly
Indoor
Other

Create a Window of Shimmering Calm

Cost: Free

Sunday - May 19
Sun 3:30-5 pm

Participants create a small collage window that opens to a scene of shimmering calm.  Decorate with silver and sparkles!

Please email for reservation.

California Building – Studio 501
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-578-9655 Send Email Visit Website

Art Demo
Family-friendly
Outdoor
Wheelchair Accessible

Glassblowing Demonstration

Cost: Free

Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Sat 12-4pm, Sun 12-4pm

Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts will be doing live glassblowing demonstrations at the California Building during Art-A-Whirl! Join us to witness the magic of glass art in motion and learn more about the work we do as a creative nonprofit!

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Send Email Visit Website

Craftsperson bending plywood after cutting kerfs in the board
Art Demo
Family-friendly
Indoor
Wheelchair Accessible

Kerf Cutting Demo

Cost: free

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri 6-6:15,Sat 1-1:15, Sun 1-1:15

Ever wonder how we get the curved shape on our end table and entry table? Through a technique known as kerf cutting, we’ll show you step by step how we precisely cut slits into the wood, allowing it to bend to shape.

California Building – Studio 123
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-300-1950 Send Email Visit Website

Music
Performance

Live Music by Josh Katzenmeyer

Cost: Free

Friday - May 17
Fri 6-6:30pm

To kick off Art-A-Whirl, Josh Katzenmeyer will be playing live music in Hilary Greenstein’s studio. Come enjoy lush, ambient soundscapes to accompany the artwork.

California Building – 206A
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

(952) 423-8444 Send Email Visit Website

picture of quartet including a violist
Music

Lumen String Trio

Cost: Free

Saturday - May 18
Sat 3:30-5 pm

Live classical music with violin, viola, and cello!  With Yuichi Kubota, Nobuko & Frank Davis

California Building – Studio 501
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-578-9655 Send Email Visit Website

Family-friendly
Indoor
Music
Performance
Wheelchair Accessible

Music by Josie Hubler

Cost: Free

Sunday - May 19
Sun 1-3pm

Part of the California Building’s “Mailroom Music Series”

Josie Hubler plays an array of favorites from classical to La La Land on keyboard. This up-and-coming high school sophomore musician has already performed at hot spots such as Crooner’s Supper Club and headlined concerts on the island of Malta.

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Family-friendly
Indoor
Music
Performance
Wheelchair Accessible

Music from Emily Boyajian

Cost: Free

Saturday - May 18
Sat 2-4pm

Part of the California Building’s “Mailroom Music Series”…

Emily Boyajian is a composer who uses her strong background in music theory to write music that is intellectually stimulating and emotionally captivating. She has written solo piano works, chamber music, orchestral music, and art songs.

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Family-friendly
Indoor
Music
Performance
Wheelchair Accessible

Music from The JudyTones

Cost: Free

Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Sat 12-2, 6-8 / Sun 12-1, 3-4

Part of the California Building’s “Mailroom Music Series”
The JudyTones return! Bringing Jazz, Folk and Pop tunes to your Art-A-Whirl® experience.

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Food Truck
Indoor
Other
Wheelchair Accessible

Palma Delights – Chocolatier

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri 5-10, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-5pm

Palma Delights is authentic homemade chocolate delights that excite your taste buds with a gourmet journey and a middle eastern touch!

Find them in the lobby of the California Building

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Art Demo
Family-friendly
Indoor

Pottery Demonstrations

Cost: Free

Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Sat 12-4pm , Sun 12-4pm

Demonstration of wheel throwing and hand building techniques

California Building – Studio 113
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

6122211824 Send Email

Food Truck
Outdoor

Pretty Great Cheesecake – Food Truck

Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-5pm

A family-run bakery specializes in gourmet cheesecakes with an ever-changing menu of unique flavors.

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Family-friendly
Indoor
Interactive Activity
Wheelchair Accessible

Rope Art Emotions Painting

Cost: $22

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18
Friday 6-6:30, 7-7:30, and 8-8:30pm, Sat 6:30 and 7:30

Feeling happy, sad, peaceful, or maybe mad?

What would your emotion look like if it was a simple piece of rope? In this playful and clever 30 minute workshop, you will create your very own rope art Emotions painting! Each student receives, from a choice of 3 colors, a pre-painted 8 x 8“ canvas board to add design/patter/color to, and then sculpts their unique rope emotion onto the canvas board.

Experience this creative and fun way to think about our emotions in a whole new light, open up conversations with our children about feelings, or just enjoy creating with a friend or date!

California Building – 207A
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

651-231-0098 Send Email Visit Website

Family-friendly
Indoor
Music
Performance
Wheelchair Accessible

Skunk Hollow – Live Music

Saturday - May 18
Sat 4-6pm

Part of the California Building’s “Mailroom Music Series”

Summer and Noah of Skunk Hollow will play their signature sweet and (sometimes salty) folk tunes.

California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Food Truck
Outdoor

Tacos Los 4 Carnales MN

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri 5-10, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-5pm

Authentic Mexican food, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, cakes, alambres, tamales.


California Building
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

Visit Website

Art Demo
Family-friendly
Indoor
Wheelchair Accessible

Travel Sketching with Patricia Canney

Cost: free

Friday - May 17 · Saturday - May 18 · Sunday - May 19
Fri 5-6pm, Sat noon-1pm, Sun noon-1pm

My travel sketches have been the best way of capturing a sense of place for me over the years. My oldest sketches go back 50 years when I was in the Peace Corps in West Africa and have included Paris, south of France and my local neighborhood!

 

Whether you want to save memories from a trip, a day at the lake, the perfect flower or cappuccino…a unique drawing is perfect! I will have my all sketchbooks, tools and art supplies ready the first hour of each day during Art-A-Whirl® so stop by Studio 406 in the California Building and explore.

California Building – Studio 406
2205 California St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Map & Directions

612-387-6225 Send Email Visit Website

Events at this Site

Nothing scheduled yet – please check back soon!
shopping cart icon View Cart