MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (FOX 9) – A training ground for world-class performers called Lundstrum Performing Arts in North Minneapolis is one of the community’s best-kept secrets. Specializing in dance, voice, and drama, the center attracts students from across the state.
The Lundstrum Performing Arts summer program is in full swing and it’s a resource that is becoming increasingly accessible.
Providing training for young people in dance, singing and drama, the center has been producing musicals and top talent for over 90 years.
“The mission is to inspire children through musical theater,” Lundstrum executive director Amy Casserly Ellis told FOX 9.
Ellis is now working to make the center more accessible by offering scholarships this year to northern students and those who live in nearby suburbs. “I think it’s a real way to unite a community,” says Casserly Ellis.
“It’s really important to keep the passion for the arts alive,” said Lundstrum dance teacher Nieya Amezquita.
Amezquita says performance art for some students is just the tipping point.
“Whether they want to be performers or want to take a different path, there is everyone here who can find something to learn and remember that will help them succeed in whatever path or industry they choose, which is not to be taken lightly,” Amezquita said. .
At Lundstrum, the belief is that every small step can lead to big transformations.
“I think the arts bring people together like nothing else can. They touch people’s humanity,” Ellis said.
Northside Strong Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the fall.