PATRICKS CABARET

Patrick’s Cabaret is a queer-led performance art incubator supporting the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture.

For over three decades, our community has come together and helped us survive. Last year we faced losing our longtime building at Lake Street & Minnehaha Avenue, and this year we lose another home, Intermedia Arts, which we had made the hub for our now-mobile network.  Each time, you have rallied around us, and declared Patrick’s Cabaret an essential resource to the Twin Cities creative ecosystem.

This year, we ask you to again come out and stand with us here on the edge of culture with the 350+ artists we support each year. We need individuals like you to invest in our ability to continue to serve artists who are taking these bold risks, and daring to imagine new possibilities.

If you have ever felt that spark — healed, compelled to action, or called in for reflection — by the Cabaret’s programming, we ask that you pass that spark on to a future performer or audience member and pay it forward with a donation today. Help us keep this fire going.



Mission
Patrick’s Cabaret is a queer-led performance art incubator supporting the growth and development of artists on the edge of culture.

Vision
Our work strives to center artists of color, with disabilities, and with queer and trans identities. We grow new art and new artists by encouraging artists of all experience levels to try new things, take risks, and present works-in-progress. We connect artists to education, performance platforms, tangible resources, and to each other, to put their talents to work. We build a diverse network of artists committed to forwarding a radically inclusive and progressive creative community where artists on the margins can thrive.

Why we exist
We believe artists are critical agents for broad community change.
We believe queer identity is a lens through which we fight for justice and liberation for all marginalized communities.
We believe our role in the Twin Cities arts ecology is to support artists who are doing challenging, experimental, subversive and community-driven work that might not otherwise find a home.

What we offer
Mainstage Cabarets - Professional performance events featuring multiple artists under a shared bill presenting their own short-form work, including training and mentorship on promotion.
Curatorships - Artists are selected to produce their own Cabaret event, supporting the growth and development of emerging and experienced creative community builders.
Raw Material - Artists present new works-in-progress, engage in an on-stage interview about their process, and participate in a critical conversation with the audience.
Artist Education & Services - A range of services from documentation, fiscal sponsorship, 1-on-1 career counseling, peer-led professional development trainings, and mentorships focused on making a life as an artist on the edge of culture.
Teaching Artist Residencies - Customized workshops and residencies, staffed from the Cabaret’s artist network, to help health/human service organizations empower their members to find and hone their creative voices.

How we are unique
Patrick’s Cabaret has amassed a vast and diverse network of artists ove
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