Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Ashantiva

  Vocalist and musician Ashantiva is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. In her project “Book of L” debuting on February 10th (get tickets here) indie-pop and experimental electronic soundscapes open a door into the inner life of L, a young woman writer created by collaging pieces of Ashantiva’s journals with those of Sylvia […]

The Cedar: 29 Years of Opening Doors

  For 29 years, The Cedar has been opening doors to….   MUSIC From world legends to up-and-coming new bands, The Cedar presents unique voices from around the globe in 250 shows and artist-led activities a year. With artists and audiences representing a range of genres, ages, and backgrounds, music is the common heartbeat of […]

The Cedar Announces Interim Co-Executive Directors Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert

  On behalf of The Cedar’s Board of Directors, we’re pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Marie Brimmer and Neal Cuthbert as The Cedar’s new Interim Co-Executive Directors, following former Executive Director Adrienne Dorn’s departure to pursue new career opportunities in October (read full statement here).   Lisa and Neal bring expansive, creative, forward-thinking […]


  Described as a ‘walking creativity’, Twin Cities based See More Perspective is many things; he is an MC, poet, producer, engineer, educator, actor, and so much more. But above it all, he is an artists that strives to ‘inspire, uplift and open doors to possibility and imagination’. See More Perspective will be joining us […]

INTERVIEW: Palabristas Latin@ Wordslingers

  Using the ‘power of the word’ to reach out into the community, los Palabristas are an award winning Minnesota-based collective of poets, spoken word artists, and writers of Chican@/Latin@ heritage. With members located throughout the country, they use their creative minds and fierce words to speak out about the experiences and challenges of underrepresented […]


  Singer, songwriter, actress, rapper, activist and international recording artist Maria Isa has received countless recognitions and awards as a performer and activist. Known for not being afraid to express her personal points of view through her music, she’s addressed topics of technology, racism, sexism, police brutality and many others. Fluent in improv and a powerful speaker […]


  Founded in 2004, Niyaz is a collaboration between Montreal-based vocalist Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian. Together, they’ve created a new 21st century global trance tradition by blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding Persian Gulf countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics. In The […]

Visa delays force The Cedar to cancel Fall Midnimo residency with Aar Maanta

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS, MN:  A consortium of Minnesota-based performing arts presenters and universities led by The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis announced today the cancellation of a month-long residency featuring a Somali musician and his band due to visa delays. London-based Somali artist Aar Maanta and his band The Urban Nomads were to be […]