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3M (MN) - Building more vibrant communities in Minneapolis
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Building more vibrant communities in Minneapolis

“A vibrant arts community contributes to a strong business environment by enhancing the quality of life, providing creative outlets, and promoting cultural diversity.” — George W. Buckley, Chairman, President and CEO, 3M.


If there’s one thing 3M believes, it’s that arts and culture programming, especially programs with strong educational outreach, help improve the quality of life in communities. Besides helping museums across the country, they partnered with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) to present an unprecedented exhibit or 60 exceptional pieces from the Louvre’s collection in Paris, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Vermeer. The MIA’s educational outreach provided teacher workshops, online resources, free guided tours for 7,000 K–12 students, and Parent Ambassador Training Program, reaching 6,300 additional students.


The 3M Foundation also helped to create the City of Columbia’s Center for the Arts in Missouri, an artistic hub of local and national performing arts groups, visual artists, and a new generation of audiences. 3M also partners with the History Theatre in St. Paul, MN, one of the few organizations in the country that develops and produces original plays on its main stage. The education program helps students connect the history they learn about in the classroom to the plays they see at History Theatre that bring history to life. Through its partnership with 3M, the theater provides study guides, lesson plans, and group activities for students, encouraging them to explore and understand history.


 *Photo: Following the belief that arts and culture programming helps improve the quality of life in communities, 3M supports the Guthrie Theater capital campaign. Credit: Sally Wagner. 

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