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110 77th Way NE, Fridley, MN 55432
(763) 574-1850
Admission: $0.00
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10:00 AM – 04:00 AM
Wed. 10:00 AM – 04:00 AM
Thu. 10:00 AM – 08:00 AM
Fri. 10:00 AM – 04:00 AM
Sat. 10:00 AM – 04:00 AM
Sun. Closed
Gallery Hours as of 3/29/22. Studios/Classes begin in April 2022.

Established in 1979, North Suburban Center for the Arts (fka Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts) is a “wellspring for the community providing inspiration, enrichment, enjoyment, opportunities, and education through the arts”. It is an art studio that offers family-friendly art programs, readings, lessons and events.

New Address to Go With the New Name:

During the early winter and spring of 2022, the center moved from the Banfill-Locke House to its new permanent location in a former fire station. The recent name change from Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts back to North Suburban Center for the Arts (the original name in 1970) is due this move. The contract with Anoka County, including use of the Banfill-Locke House, was not renewed in 2021. In August of 2021, the art center found their new home in a vacant fire station. Over the next several months, the fire station was converted into an art studio and opened in March of 2022.

Boy looking at art at Banfill Locke Art Center in Fridley Minnesota

Family Art Sundays at North Suburban Center for the Arts

Family Art Sundays are free events open to all families. No registration is necessary. Visitors can participate in art making, go on an art scavenger hunt, or just enjoy art together. Anne has shared her experience at Family Art Sundays Here.

However, in 2022, in place of in person visits, the art center is offering Family Art Kits. Pre-order a free kit to pick up and take home.  Each kit offers supplies and instructions to encourage families to make art and think creatively together. Reserve your Family Art Kit Here.

Family Art Sunday at Banfill-Locke in Fridley, MN

Reading Series at North Suburban Center for the Arts

Although probably best for families with older kids, the monthly reading series is free and open to the public. This series gives audiences a chance to hear local writers and poets read from their own works. Similarly, the Works in Progress Reading Series

Boy admiring art at Banfill Locke in Fridley MN

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