Water Bar & Public Studio

Ongoing Programs

Art Exhibitions. Science Workshops. Community Dance.


Water Bar & Public Studio is a storefront art and science community space with a focus on water, place, and ecology. 

If you'd like to develop a public program or project at Water Bar & Public Studio, use this form to get in touch! To see what's coming up, visit our calendar.



We rotate exhibitions quarterly, and are eager to work with visiting curators on exhibition projects that highlight our relationships to water, place, or ecology.

Through January 13th:

River Relationships -
Portraits of a River and its People

Photos by Crystal Liepa, Zoe Prinds-Flash, and Colin Kloecker

How do you relate to water in the place where you live?

This photo exhibition illuminates contemporary river relationships of Twin Cities residents, as well as their habits of connection and care for the Mississippi River, shared in their own words. Created in partnership with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and Mississippi Park Connection.

October 13th - January 13th
Thur/Fri: 4-8pm, Sat: 12-8pm
Or by Appointment

Water Bar & Public Studio
2518 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418

Open Studio

Get out of the house. Make art with other people. Meet your neighbors.

Join us for Open Studio at Water Bar every Wednesday night from 6 - 9PM. This is a free and open art-making space facilitated by local artists. Bring your own materials or works in progress. Find a quiet corner or join a table and make new friends. Follow us on social media for a preview of special guest artists or group projects. Open Studio is free and all are welcome. Your investment and support helps to sustain this free public art activity. 

Your investment and support helps to sustain this free public art activity. 

Family Saturdays

visit the Water Bar. Make and take an art or science project CREATED by local artists.

Saturdays are family days at Water Bar, so bring your family, however you define that! The bar will be open serving bottomless glasses of local tap water. We will also have artists on site from 10AM - 2PM leading drop-in art activities for kids of all ages. Family Saturdays are free and all are welcome to join. 

Your investment and support helps to sustain this free public art activity. 

Presentations, Workshops, Community Events

Water Bar frequently hosts public events in collaboration with our partners. These take many forms and address a wide range of themes and ideas related to water. To see what's coming up, visit our calendar. To inquire about hosting an event, say hello.


Water has flow and is life sustaining. Water is a conduit of energy; Of actions, waves, movement, and electricity - as are our bodies. Without movement, water can become stagnant and toxic, just as our bodies deprived of movement can become stagnant and toxic. Water has no clear beginning or end, it is and can function as one. 

The more we learn to embody water the more we learn to be like water: Mutable, soft, strong, powerful, easy, nourishing, supportive, and connective.

How does it work?

The Movement program at Water Bar, led by dancer Jennifer Arave, is a place to gain confidence in our bodies and our creative selves - where we can experiment and try movements without judgement, and be supported with thoughtful consideration. 

Movement classes are affordable (often pay what you can) and all are welcome to participate - or to watch and wonder from the Water Bar - especially if we are unsure about taking the risk of moving our bodies in public space. We always encourage trying and experimentation.  

For upcoming movement programs, see our calendar.

If you’d like to teach a movement class or workshop, we encourage you to visit our Public Studio page for more information about how we work with other artists.

Northeast Incubator

Connect with other Urban design and development professionals working in Northeast Minneapolis. 

Northeast Incubator is an emergent network of local leaders in the fields of water resources, environmental advocacy, public art, urban design, local business, and public policy - who live within or care for our Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood in other ways. It is currently being developed by Water Bar and a cross-sector network of partners. 

How Does It Work?

Northeast Incubator explores the potential of cross-pollinating public art, science research, environment education, urban design and development, infrastructure projects, and community-based activism in Northeast Minneapolis and across the Mississippi River Watershed. 

The purpose of Northeast Incubator is to increase the impact of individual and organizational leadership while building our collective capacity to recognize the complexity of water and place, to protect water quality, to prepare our communities for climate change, and to work toward environmental justice at the neighborhood, city, and watershed scale. 

Currently, participation in the Northeast Incubator is by invitation only. However, we periodically host public Incubator meetings and events, which are a way for people who are interested to begin connecting with this work. For more information about Northeast Incubator programs, contact Shanai [at] water-bar [dot] org