Arts for All

Bringing the Arts to Saint Paul

For ages 1-100+

When you give people the opportunity to express themselves, it creates a sense of connection and belonging. We believe that when communities know and understand each other, we all benefit. Half of Saint Paul’s population lives on the East Side, which boasts a variety of cultures. Coming from different backgrounds can sometimes present challenges, but we believe diversity our community’s greatest strength.

East Side Arts Council uses art to bridge cultural gaps and strengthen communities through a wide range of visual and performing arts opportunities that reflect our multicultural populations. Our programs and partnerships allow the diverse population of the East Side to share and celebrate culture, offering a sense of belonging and purpose. We exist to alleviate shortcomings on the East Side, from a lack of funding for art programs in schools to the isolation some seniors experience in retirement communities.

Here’s how East Side Arts Council is addressing  the needs of the community through our free and customizable art programs:

Artist Residencies: Placing accomplished artists from diverse backgrounds in local schools to teach students about the arts and infuse creative expression into core curriculum

ArtsYes After School Programs: Providing high-quality arts programs ranging in subject from visual arts to hip hop dance which allow elementary and middle school students across Saint Paul access to free after school activities while also providing jobs to local artists

East Side Art Gallery: Featuring work from local artists and artisans available for viewing and purchase, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and textiles

Artmobile: A van that visits parks in St. Paul offering art supplies and free, drop-in arts classes for neighborhood children - many of whom lack access to summer camps and other costly activities.

Senior Arts: Free classes in artistic disciplines such as poetry, drawing, painting, and storytelling for seniors ages 62 and up in community spaces

Urban Design: Bringing public art such as sculpture and murals to open spaces - utilizing art as mode for education, economic development, and beautification

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We are also looking for volunteers to assist with gardening at Phalen Poetry Park!

If you would like to help your community by keeping our beloved park as beautiful as it can be, please contact us!


Artmobile :

Bringing summertime arts classes to East Side youth


Creative Connections for Seniors


All East Side Arts Council programming is held at sites that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have specific accessibility requests, please contact us at 651-774-5422.



This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.