The Viva City Fine Arts Festival is a celebration of the outstanding fine arts education offered in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). In its 23rd year, this district-wide event highlights the high-quality arts programs and the extraordinary work of MPS students, arts educators, and families. This work is supported and enhanced by the myriad of partnerships between MPS, artists, arts organizations and the community. We are thrilled to be partnering for the first time with one of the most respected theaters in the nation, the Guthrie Theater! Participants in Viva City represent all students, teachers, and partners that are involved in visual and performing arts classes and other arts enriched activities across the city. The arts are a vital and nationally recognized component of Minneapolis Public Schools.

Our vision for Viva City includes three primary goals:

Equity - Provide all students with an equitable opportunity to showcase their artistic ability and excellence regardless of student background.

Opportunity - Expose students to professional artists, organizations, and venues allowing them to work in an artistic capacity that expands their understanding of personal, college, and career opportunities.

Partnership - Highlight the amazing programs and work done within MPS and in partnership with artists, arts organizations and the community.


2016-2017 Viva City Festival Events:
All shows are free and open to the public

Viva City Performance Night at the Guthrie Theater
Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 6:00pm
Spend the evening exploring the Guthrie as over 900 participants perform on three nationally recognized stages. This exciting showcase represents the breadth of the MPS fine arts curriculum and attention to Minnesota Academic Standards.

th d7b68c164027bbbf4ff7082c88189d2c GuthrieLogo rgb  Guthrie Theater
  818 South 2nd Street
  Minneapolis, MN 55415
  Free Admission

Elementary School Visual Arts Exhibition
February 6th, 2017 – March 24th, 2017
John B. Davis Center Gallery, 1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

Middle School Visual Arts Exhibition
April 3rd, 2017 – May 31st, 2017
Opening Reception, Tuesday, April 18th 2017, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Recognition Ceremony at 5:00pm
John B. Davis Center Gallery, 1250 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

High School Visual Arts Exhibition
December 21st, 2016 – January 29th, 2017
Cargill Hall Gallery in the Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401