Update: As of October 27, 2022, the vision for the project has shifted away from securing a physical space. See the joint letter from North Hennepin Community College President Dr. Rolando Garcia and City of Brooklyn Park City Manager Jay Stroebel: CITA Update Letter (October 27, 2022)
The Center for Innovation and The Arts (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. It will expand post-secondary program pathways in the arts and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (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.
The partners for the project include North Hennepin Community College, The City of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, and ISD 279 Osseo Area Schools.
The Center for Innovation and The Arts 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 accelerates and supports the expansion of baccalaureate programs in the region.
- The Center for Innovation and The Arts will engage 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.
- Its 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 Center for Innovation and The Arts to be a premier cultural and educational destination.
- Our strength lies in the deeply committed faculty and staff who work diligently to make sure students have an exceptional experience in small classroom settings.
- Pre-planning (2015-2020)
- Fundraising (2021-2024)
- Design (2022-2023)
- Construction (2023-2025)