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1 11, 2017

Give to the Max Early Giving Starts November 1st!

By | November 1st, 2017|Fund Raising, News, Top-left|0 Comments

To Our Urban Arts Academy Friends and Supporters!

Give To The Max Day is coming on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. You will be able to make donations starting on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Note: if you do not wish to pay the fee required by Give MN, you can always make a donation thru our website and your entire donation amount will go to UAA!


Donate through GiveMN
31 01, 2017

Urban Arts Spring Gala!

By | January 31st, 2017|Fund Raising|0 Comments

Please call the office at 612-827-1641 to see if there’s still room to register for Urban Arts Academy’s 2017 Spring Gala – Saturday, April 22nd
Urban Arts provides Prek-12th grade arts programs dedicated to educational experiences through the arts

Please join us for an evening of art, wine, exciting auctions, and fabulous food! Individual tickets will be $75 and tables will be $600.
The Gala will be held at St. Mary’s Lake Calhoun Event Center: 3450 Irving Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

14 11, 2016

Give to the Max is this Thursday, November 17th!

By | November 14th, 2016|Fund Raising, News, Top-right|0 Comments

To Our Urban Arts Academy Friends and Supporters!

Thank you for supporting us during GIVE To THE MAX Day! You may start making donations on November 1, 2016; do not leave it to the last minute.

And this year, your gift can have double the impact: We’re thrilled to announce all new or increased gifts, up to $5,000, will be matched 1:1 by an anonymous donor! Help us turn $5,000 into $10,000 by making your gift to Urban Arts Academy by midnight on #GTMD16.

Be a superhero for us by covering the online processing fee.

Based on feedback from generous donors like you, GiveMN launched a new feature earlier this year which gives you the power to pay the online processing fee associated with your donation!

Whenever you make a donation through, you’ll be able to cover that fee on behalf of UAA, ensuring 100% of your intended donation goes directly to us. It’s like the online version of putting your own stamp on the envelope you send back with your gift.

17 11, 2015

Cocktails for Urban Arts

By | November 17th, 2015|Fund Raising|0 Comments

We, at Urban Arts Academy, want to thank all those who turned out for Cocktails for Urban Arts on November 5, 2015, to learn about and support our work. Click on a thumbnail to start the slide show.

16 09, 2015

Urban Arts to Benefit from new Sundance Store

By | September 16th, 2015|Fund Raising, News|0 Comments

Please shop this weekend, September 17-20, 2015, at the new Robert Redford’s Sundance store, opening in Edina

Premier lifestyle retailer opens newest retail location at Galleria Edina in Edina, MN

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sundance, a premier lifestyle retailer of women’s and men’s apparel and footwear, jewelry, accessories, art and home decor, is excited to announce the opening of its newest store in Edina, MN. The store, located at Galleria Edina, will host the Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, September 17th 2015.

The opening of the Edina Sundance Store will mark the company’s first of two new retail locations east of the Rocky Mountains in 2015, growing from its western roots. CEO Matey Erdos comments, “We are excited to launch our next phase of retail expansion with the opening of Galleria Edina. With our growing and geographically diverse customer base, we could not be more pleased to be presenting our newest retail experience in the mid-west. We have a loyal following in theMinneapolis area who demonstrate a great affinity towards the Sundance brand. We are confident our new store in Galleria Edina will be a great success.”

The store design is artisan inspired, using reclaimed wood and artisan materials to promote the brand’s heritage. Erdos adds, “The Sundance vision embraces the spirit of creativity and fosters new discovery. Our Edina store will aesthetically further that vision in an original and captivating way.”  One-of-a-kind pieces and items exclusive to Sundance will be the cornerstone of the product offering.

With its historical commitment to the artisan community, Sundance is donating a portion of the proceeds from the Grand Opening weekend to Urban Arts Academy, a Minnesota-based organization furthering youth art education. “It’s critical to provide support for local arts and artisans. We look forward to following the growth of the young artists in this community and to celebrate their inspiring creations of tomorrow,” says Erdos.

The company plans to continue its retail growth over the next several years with additional stores targeted across various locations nationwide.

21 07, 2015

Urban Arts Awarded Bush Foundation Grant!

By | July 21st, 2015|Fund Raising|0 Comments

Bush Foundation Logo

Urban Arts Academy

Year: 2015 (Term: 25 months)
Amount: $189,860

Minneapolis, MN—Established youth programs exist throughout South Minneapolis, but its low-income families of color are missing out. Urban Arts Academy wants to connect families in the Bancroft, Bryant, Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods to these enrichment opportunities by designing a Neighborhood Youth Navigator model of community engagement.
25 05, 2015

See What We’re Up To

By | May 25th, 2015|Fund Raising, Gala, Second-right|0 Comments

Urban Arts is committed to having a positive and lasting impact on the community. Watch the 2015 Gala video


Myrka, the student who spoke at this year’s Gala, gave this speech:

Good Evening.  Before I commence, I’d like to thank the people that made it possible for me to be here today: Tom and Becky, Mimi, Tamar, Niky, Stefon, and my family.

Urban Arts Academy.  All I could think while writing the speech was all the things we do at Urban Arts.  The singing, the dancing, the laughing, just doing what families do….because we’re a family..a family of artists, designers, singers. A family of dreamers and hard workers.

I can still remember the first time I walked through the doors of Urban Arts. It was after my parents divorce, which was definitely a life changing event for my sister and I.  And well, before coming to Urban Arts, I had already managed to get myself suspended.

The day I got suspended, my mom arrived at the school and asked me, “What happened?”  The only thing I could do was hang my head down. We were taken into the office and that day…that day…as my mom looked me dead straight in the eye, I saw a tear roll down her cheek. I had seen my mom cry before, but this time she was crying because of me.

My mom now worried about me in the after-school hours, so she signed me up for Urban Arts as she knew that music had always been my passion. I started composing when I was 8 years old, have been singing since I was 5.  Urban Arts gave me a place to make music, to be a kid…even if it was only 2 hours.

After I began at Urban Arts, my mom began to worry less about me. She knew I loved it, and that I still do today.

I stand here now not asking you to support an academy, but asking you to help my family – my family at Urban Arts. Why do I call Urban Arts my family? Because it saved me, and it helps me grow as an artist and a person.

I know what it feels like to be lost, to have no where to go…but I also know what it is to be somewhere you love, learning and doing the things you most want to. Unfortunately, I will be graduating from 8th grade this year and won’t be able to attend Urban Arts next fall, but I want the next generation of Urban Arts students to have the same opportunities I had and to feel the same joy I have felt at Urban Arts Academy.

Thank you!