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Scope

The Center for Innovation & The Arts @ Brooklyn Park (CITA) is imagined to be a dynamic and inclusive center focused on leveraging resources of multiple partners to create a flexible facility that will greatly increase education opportunities for students, increase economic prosperity, and advance the quality of life in Brooklyn Park and surrounding communities. CITA will expand post-secondary program pathways in the arts and STEAM areas, increase baccalaureate completion, facilitate post-secondary and career pathways for high school students, and provide equitable and inclusive access to arts, technology and cross-cultural programming to a richly diverse population.

Partners

The partners for the project include North Hennepin Community College, Metropolitan State University, The City of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, and ISD 279 Osseo Area Schools.

Rationale

CITA will solve and address many needs for its partners.

  • This project will replace the existing NHCC Fine Arts Center, a dated facility that no longer meets the educational needs of the NHCC arts programs and prohibits the programs from desired national accreditation.
  • The project presents the opportunity to expand NHCC's partnership with Metropolitan State University by creating a "north metro home." This partnerships accelerates and supports the expansion of baccalaureate programs and the goals of the Twin Cities Baccalaureate plan put forth by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees.
  • The vision for CITA includes engaging the broader community and surrounding cities in utilizing the facility to advance cultural engagement, community education and youth programming through art classes, camps, after-school and summer activities. The City of Brooklyn Park will greatly benefit as the facility will fill an identified arts gap within the community and the northwest suburban region.
  • In a future phase, ISD 279 Osseo Area Schools will develop an adjoining STEAM magnet school with the goal to expand opportunities for science, technology, engineering, arts and math pathways. This partnership leverages the adjacent library and shared physical resources at NHCC, increasing the pipeline of secondary to post-secondary students to NHCC and Metropolitan State University.
  • CITA's location at the corner of 85th and West Broadway supports the interests of Hennepin County in providing state-of-the-art amenities that will advance economic development and position the northwest metropolitan region for ongoing growth and development. Specifically, the anticipation of the Blue Line Light Rail stopping at this very location positions CITA to be a premier cultural and educational destination.
  • Our strength lies in the deeply committed faculty and staff who work diligently to make sure you have an exceptional experience in small classroom settings. Got a busy schedule? No worries! Our flexible evening and weekend scheduling, accelerated courses, and online options offer convenience to fit any busy lifestyle.

Timeline

  • Pre-design under review with Minnesota State - complete
  • Feasibility study (2019)
  • Develop fundraising plan (2019)
  • Design (2020-21)
  • Construction (2022-23)