Now more than ever, our creative community is looking for ways to connect and lean on each other for support and growth. To help cultivate these opportunities, we are collecting a list of organizations offering virtual events and online resources, both from within Minnesota as well as from our friends and partners around the country.

Local Organizations

UXPA Minnesota

Upcoming Events Providing a community for local user experience professionals and students to communicate, network, educate and celebrate! UXPA hosts monthly events that include presentations & case studies, panel discussions, and roundtables on current topics and trends in usability.

Creative Mornings

Upcoming Events CreativeMornings/Minneapolis envisions a united and connected creative community. Every month, we host a free event that gathers to foster these connections. Each event features a speaker from the creative community, plus coffee and breakfast. We gather like-minded people to share inspiration. Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome.

Minnestar

Upcoming Virtual Events Minnestar exists to build, nurture and engage those interested in technology through meaningful connection. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is organized, funded, and built to serve our great community of technologists.

Twin Cities Collective

Upcoming Events The Twin Cities Collective was created to help Twin Cities bloggers and creatives connect with other like-minded individuals in our area & learn more about how to market their businesses on social media.

MIA

Virtual Open Studios The Minneapolis Institute of Art enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. Inspired by Mia’s Free Open Studios, browse how-to videos and projects with step-by-step instructions to create your own artworks.

Pollen Midwest

Upcoming Events Founded in the belief that change comes from being in deeper connection with a robust and diverse network of humans, we share stories of individuals that reveal how interconnected we truly are, we host events where essential conversations happen, and we link people to personal and professional opportunities.

The Coven

Upcoming Events The Coven is so much more than a workspace; it’s a vibrant, welcoming community of women, non-binary, and trans individuals. Born of a desire to support our community through the impact of COVID-19, The Coven is now offering a pay-what-you-can digital membership option. Digital members will have access to all virtual programming through April 30, 2020.

Make It MSP

Events & Resources The GREATER MSP Partnership launched the Make It. MSP. initiative to better recruit, welcome, and retain people from around the world, and includes a coalition of thousands of amazing people at organizations throughout the region. By working together in teams, they are connecting even more people in and beyond our region.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Virtual Workshops MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to new methods of art-making and communication, MCBA supports the limitless creative development of book arts.

The office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy

The office is responsible for the development of the City’s arts and cultural planning and policies, creative economy research, creative workforce support, cross-sector collaborations, and the integration of arts-based strategies in City departments.

National Events & Resources

AIGA, the professional association for design

National Events List
National Community Resource List
As the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with more than 70 chapters and over 18,000 members—we advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.

AIGA Baltimore

Virtual Events Collection
Our friends in Baltimore have collected a few interesting digital experiences, and plan to continue updating this list as more events surface.

AIGA Connecticut

Healthcare4All Poster Design
AIGA Connecticut’s Healthcare4All initiative is about raising awareness and identifying action through design on why America should have healthcare—free or paid—for all Americans. Join Milton Glaser, Alexander Isley, Bonnie Siegler, and others in designing for social change — non-partisan posters and social media visuals to engage the public with tangible actions that can help others find their voice in regard to healthcare.

Adobe Summit

Free Breakout Sessions The digital experience conference has gone digital. Hear from Adobe leaders. Discover new product innovations. Explore 100+ breakouts across six tracks. All in your browser and on demand.

An Event Apart

The Complete AEA DC 2019 Each session offers a unique, expert perspective on aspects of the web, interaction design, and user experience, from our industry’s best speakers and greatest visionaries.

Eye On Design

Guide to Self-isolation for Designers and Creatives A growing and evolving resource for education, connection, money-making, and entertainment during the crisis.

Tune In

Watch our new video series “Conversations with Quarantiened Creatives” with new content releasing weekly!

Business Resources

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program

Self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners with no additional employees will be able to apply for grants of $1,500 up to $3,000 from May 19-29 at noon. This funding is part of the Small Business Relief Program, which is designed to help small local businesses meet immediate financial needs by providing emergency grants for eligible expenses of business interruption due to COVID-19.

National Endowment for the Arts research lab

The O’Neill School and IUPUI are pleased to collaborate with the National Endowment for the Arts to launch the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab under its Research Labs initiative. The work in this lab is undertaken in partnership with the IU Public Policy Institute and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Have an event, organization, or resource you would like to submit? Please contact [email protected] to submit your information for our consideration.

Contact Leadership

Michelle Schulp
Michelle Schulp
Director of Technology
Michelle is an independent graphic designer and frontend developer in Minneapolis. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Visual Communications, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. As her work progressed, she also branched into front-end development and user experience design to round our her skillset. This combination of disciplines led her to adopt a strategy-based approach to design, focused on solving tangible problems and achieving real goals based on how people think.

She loves the open source community, and when she is not working on projects she speaks/volunteers/organizes at events and workshops around the country. Her passions are communication and empowerment, and she believes in the power of "Why?"