In 2008, when Pillsbury House Theatre and Pillsbury House Neighborhood Center officially joined forces to become Pillsbury House + Theatre, the organization began a journey to become a fully arts-integrated agency that fosters creativity and community in one of Minnesota’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Arts Integration as Pathway to Unity in the Community: The (Ongoing) Journey of Pillsbury House + Theatre is a 2013 study detailing the inner workings of this transition. The report, by journalist and arts funder Nancy Fushan, draws on stories and interviews with more than 30 staff, artists, program participants, community and civic leaders, residents, and funders, along with data from independent program evaluations, to give readers an in-depth look at Pillsbury House + Theatre’s process of becoming an arts-integrated social services agency.
The full report is intended to be used as a resource for organizations, individuals and artists who are interested in taking an arts-based approach to neighborhood revitalization and community building.
Download the full report» (PDF, 3.6MB)