Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

As we moved forward with this project and the concept of using New Markets Tax Credits, Brian’s knowledge and insight was invaluable through each phase of the process. From our first conversation to closing, he was available whenever needed. He was a tremendous asset to our team.
– Patrick Dewane, Campaign Director for The Arts Partnership


It takes a lot of courage to look into the future and recognize the economic challenges that could shape the very existence of your organization. In 2005, four preeminent Twin Cities arts organizations: Minnesota Opera, Ordway Center, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and The Schubert Club found that courage as they contemplated their future.

In August 2005, the Ordway, the four arts organizations, and community leaders formed a task force aimed at addressing the financial and operational challenges. As a result, the Arts Partnership was born, and with it a unique, creative nonprofit corporation. Their mission quite simply: Solve, not study.

The Task Force quickly identified and addressed the core issue central to success at the Ordway. Their solution: Expand the McKnight Theater to alleviate schedule conflicts and increase programming opportunities.

Construction on the new 1,100-seat theater, which replaces the 306-seat McKnight Theater, began spring 2013. This new space, including a three-story support wing, will allow the Ordway to expand its mission and bring an even broader assortment of arts and entertainment to a wide-ranging audience. Together these four organizations achieved their goal – building a new, shared facility that will benefit all four organizations for years to come.

In the News:
10 development projects that will transform Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2015
By Phillip Koski | 12/12/14 | MinnPost

Location:St. Paul, MN
Total Development Cost:$40 million
Total Area:1,000 seat concert hall, dressing rooms and support space
Completion:December 2014
Financing:New Markets Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, State Bonds, City of St. Paul STAR Grant, Philanthropic Funds