Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sparks about to fly!

Help us celebrate the official start of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center at the hottest ticket in town. Break some ground before snacking on fiery fare courtesy of Azia Restaurant and sipping blazing bevies. Take in the searing sounds and atmosphere of DJ Sheelz & Hasselhoff and Glamorama-guru Christopher K. And delight in sizzling live performances. All from inside our new digs in the former historic Nokomis Theater building at 38th and Chicago. This will be your one and only opportunity to see what 3749 Chicago Avenue looks like before restoration begins, so please come, explore, and help us heat up this marvelous mass before the construction dust starts flying!

Help Us Catch Fire -Friday, October 30th

Groundbreaking Ceremony: 3:30 p.m.
FireTazMaticOrama--A Fiery Fundraiser: 5:00 p.m.
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
3749 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Please R.S.V.P. to Maren Christenson at 612 701 5030 or

Monday, October 19, 2009

60 Nonprofits, One Store, Twice the Gift!

CAFAC is happy to be taking part in the Twice the Gift store again this year. Twice the Gift is a seasonal retail store benefiting local nonprofits and featuring unique gifts and Share Cards. When you purchase a Share Card, you are making a donation to a nonprofit organization of your choice.

This year, Twice the Gift is your source for a couple new CAFAC items: our latest limited-edition t-shirt, and a beautiful ornament based on the theme of this year's SPEAK Project. You can also find last year's ornament (see lovely Lucky modeling it?) as well as a few extremely-limited-edition t-shirts from our last run.

Twice the Gift is located in the Crystal Court of the IDS Center, and is now open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until January 1. Check it out for unusual and meaningful gifts this holiday season.

Monday, October 12, 2009


The big day we have been waiting for for so long is getting close! There are a still few more i's to dot and t's to cross before ownership of our building officially transfers from the City of Minneapolis to Artspace, but we getting very close and are tentatively planning a groundbreaking ceremony and fund raising event for October 30th.

We've got a very short window of opportunity between the closing and the beginning of renovations, and can't wait to show everyone the "before" view of our building prior to the letting sparks fly! Please join us in celebrating the beginning of construction, take a tour, learn about the history of the building--formerly the Nokomis Theater, and show your support for the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center!

More details will follow soon, but please mark your calendars:
Date: Friday, October 30th
Time: Groundbreaking event: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fundraiser: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center
3749 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Tel: 612 294 0400

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sneak Peek at the Shop Layout!

We are weeks away from the start of renovations! Take a look at these vignettes for an idea of how the center will look when we open! I was so excited that I printed a bunch of these and gave them to my children as coloring pages:) Okay...some of them might be for me.