Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Public Art

American Indian Center

Spanning the entire east wall of the American Indian Center in the Phillips neighborhood is a vibrant 3,300-square-foot triptych. To the left and right are Votan Henriquez’s serene depictions of male and female Native ancestors. Gregg Deal is responsible for the center panel, a portrait of a young woman with a hopeful look. Underneath her is an edict: “Keep Tobacco Sacred,” a nod to collaborating nonprofit ClearWay Minnesota, which advocates against cigarette addiction. In between each piece is a message offering continuity across history: “The hearts of the children to the elders,” and, “The hearts of the elders to the children.” Native American kids were consulted on what they wanted to see the murals communicate to their neighborhood. Some also helped paint, and one even modeled. Completed in 2015, this piece has become an iconic example of Minneapolis activism through art. 

Readers’ Choice: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Best Theater Troupe Theatre Coup d'Etat

Best Play Guthrie's West Side Story

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Actor C. Michael Menge

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best Dance Company TU Dance Company

Best Choreographer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Best Dance Performance ICON SAM: Temple Dances

Best Movie Theater Lagoon Cinema

Best Standup Comic Rana May

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Red Menace at Erik the Red

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Podcast I Love You, Mana

Best Museum Minnesota History Center

Best Museum Exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

Best Permanent Collection Piece The Bell Museum's Woolly Mammoth

Best Gallery Exhibition Kinngait Studios: Printmaking in the Arctic Circle

Best Art Gallery Modus Locus

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Wet Paint

Best Art Event MayDay Parade and Festival

Best Bookstore (New) Birchbark Books and Native Arts

Best Bookstore (Used) Cream & Amber

Best Author Marlon James

Best Book (Fiction) 'Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories' by Kelly Barnhill

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The Infamous Harry Hayward' by Shawn Francis Peters

Best Fashion Event Minneapolis Vintage Market

Best Fashion Designer Hackwith Design House