About The Cedar

Cedar MarqueeThe Cedar Cultural Center (also known as The Cedar) is a highly eclectic music venue located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The venue is known for hosting a wide variety of global roots, folk, indie, experimental, jazz, and blues artists, as well as films, spoken word performances, comedy, dances, and community events. The Cedar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by a small professional staff in conjunction with the Board of Directors, and with assistance from a large pool of volunteers.


The Cedar’s mission is to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. The Cedar is committed to artistic excellence and integrity, diversity of programming, support for emerging artists, and community outreach.

We fulfill our mission through our varied programming:


Regular concert series

Each year, The Cedar presents more than 200 concerts from a wide range of musical styles, all open to the public.


A joint program between The Cedar Cultural Center and Augsburg College to build cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding of Somali culture through music. Midnimo will bring Somali musicians from around the world to Minnesota for week-long residencies that include public performances and lectures in the classroom and community and that draw upon their culture, religion, and personal experiences. Midnimo will allow The Cedar, Augsburg, and community partners to facilitate and inspire  dialogue, interaction, and understanding through artistic and academic interventions.

Somali Community Engagement

The Cedar works with local Somali groups to provide events to engage and bring people together. 

416 Club Commissions 

The Cedar, in conjunction with The Jerome Foundation, provides an opportunity for musicians to showcase their skills and abilities through a unique, commissioned project.

Cedar Artists Group

The group will support the health and well-being of our local artist community by fostering connections between artists (specifically musicians) in order to facilitate peer support systems and offer networking, information sharing, and collaboration opportunities.

Our Supporters

Thanks to the following organizations and foundations for their support:

Aetna Foundation, Ameriprise Financial, Associated Bank, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, David and Rosemary Good Family Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, East Side, Inc, ElectroVoice, Elmer L and Eleanor J Andersen Foundation, Great Streets through the West Bank Business Association, Hoffman Guitars, IBM, Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Nash Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pizza Lucé, RBC Wealth Management, Schells Brewery, Summit Brewery, Surly Brewery, Target, Thomson Reuters, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, University District Alliance, University of Minnesota, Valspar, VSA Minnesota ADA Access Improvement Grant Program, Wells Fargo, Wine Company, Wireless Ronin, Wittenberg Foundation, New Music USA, Zipp's Liquors.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Major Funders

The McKnight FoundationTarget

Minnesota State Arts BoardThis activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota