The Minnehaha Free Space, a project of the Minneapolis Autonomous Radical Space (MARS) Collective, is a community resource hub and social center located at 3747 Minnehaha Avenue in South Minneapolis.
In order to help strengthen cultures of resistance against forms of oppression, we established a space that provides:
– Classes and workshops
– Space for meetings and events
– Internet (wifi), computers, printer and copiers for public use
– Lending library with over 2,000 titles and over 3,000 zines for reading in-house
– Kids’ room and provided childcare at our larger events
– Community message board & local radical events postings
– Office space for the local Free School (EXCO)
– Non-gendered bathrooms (a wheelchair accessible bathroom is available upon request)
…and much more!
The space is free and open to all, and entirely run by uncompensated volunteers. The services we offer are provided on a sliding-scale donation basis, where we ask people from more privileged and able backgrounds to give more so we can continue to provide the space to marginalized groups for less or free.
We value people over profits, and invite anybody who shares our broad goals to plug in and get involved with us. Through this project, we are hoping to build stronger ties where we can co-depend on one another on the basis of solidarity and mutual aid, instead of dependence through obligation, money, competition and fear.
Come in during our open hours (4pm-8pm Tues-Fri, 1pm-5pm Sat), or contact us to arrange another time. We are open to new ideas and suggestions, and hope that various groups will use this space for their own needs and struggles.
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I’ve only rented your space once and been there 3 or so times (i work nights and weekends), but i really appreciate all you’ve done for the community. I heard that you’ll be losing the space you’re in now, and wanted to let you all know that pinwheel arts and movement studio, in seward, rents for events for $15/hr, with discounts for longer engagements, and is willing to offer free/sliding scale space for planning meetings that contribute to the community when our schedule allows it. Feel free to look us up on Facebook or send me an email with any questions/ideas for collaboration/funding sources to help with offering free events while still paying rent