Altered Esthetics is a non-profit, community-based art gallery and arts advocacy organization in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. According to its mission statement, its goal is to support and expand the vibrant Minneapolis arts community by hosting exhibitions, creating and sponsoring various art programs, and participating in community art events.
History and development
Altered Esthetics was originally conceived as an exhibition venue where the focus would be on "art for art's sake" as opposed to art for profit. Founded by Jamie Schumacher, it opened in April 2004 in Minneapolis with the inaugural exhibition "The Art of War", featuring the work of 15 local artists.
The organization has grown significantly since 2004. Its staff of about 100 are all volunteers. Its board of directors has 18 active members. Due to its contributed growth since 2004, it was moved in late 2006 to the Q'arma Building in Northeast Minneapolis' arts district. In May 2007, it received 501(c