Timberwolves and U.S. Bank Launch Community Cultural Experience Tour

Program celebrates rich history and cultural impact of local businesses in North Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced a new immersive program celebrating Twin Cities businesses and organizations that are working to create thriving communities. In partnership with U.S. Bank, the Community Cultural Experience Tour showcases the rich history and cultural impact of North Minneapolis. 

The Community Cultural Experience Tour highlights local talent, businesses and organizations that are actively making a difference, while driving awareness and educating the public about the significant role they play within their neighborhoods. Fans are encouraged to explore the following Community Cultural Experience Tour businesses and organizations by downloading the self-guided Neighborhood Passport or picking it up at one of the tour stops. Fans who visit all tour stops can submit their completed Neighborhood Passport for the chance to win a gameday suite on April 9 for Wolves vs. Wizards. Completed Neighborhood Passports must be submitted by March 31.  

Additionally, local youth will have the opportunity to experience the tour on March 29. At each stop they’ll hear from the tour’s business employees and have the chance to ask questions. 

“We are very excited to be partnering with U.S. Bank to help highlight and celebrate all the businesses in North Minneapolis that are a part of this tour,” said Timberwolves and Lynx Chief Impact Officer Tru Pettigrew. “Each business has greatly contributed to the rich culture of Minneapolis in a meaningful way, and we’re excited for our fans to discover and experience each of these businesses firsthand for themselves.” 

“We salute the many outstanding businesses and organizations in North Minneapolis, led by influential entrepreneurs and leaders who are continuing to build cultural vibrancy in the community,” said Greg Cunningham, chief diversity officer for U.S. Bank. “We are proud to partner with the Minnesota Timberwolves to showcase these businesses and organizations for all Minnesotans and beyond. Grab your family and friends and join us on this community cultural experience tour.” 

Cookie Cart | 1119 W Broadway Avenue: More than a cookie shop, Cookie Cart teaches life, leadership, and employment skills to teens of color through on-the-job and classroom experiences in nonprofit bakeries. Learn more here.  

Juxtaposition Arts | 1108 W Broadway Avenue: Juxtaposition Arts is a teen-staffed art and design center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space in North Minneapolis. They develop community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power. Learn more here.  

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery | 1101 W Broadway Ave. #1: With his personal savings and inspiration from his grandmother, Sammy McDowel opened his first shop and hasn’t looked back, adding a second location in Northeast Minneapolis, a food truck and a soon-to-open food hall. Learn more here.  

The Capri | 2027 W Broadway Avenue: The historic Capri is a dynamic, welcoming theater, rental space, and gathering place in North Minneapolis. It’s also where Prince played his first gig as a solo artist in 1979, an event that’s chronicled in a photo exhibit in the lobby. The expanded, renovated Capri opened in 2021. Learn more here.  

The Get Down Coffee Co. | 1500 N 44th Avenue: The Get Down Coffee Co. is not just a coffee shop. It's a Black-owned coffee company, roasting and selling its own coffee. Learn more here.  

Wilson’s Image | 2126 W Broadway Avenue: Teto Wilson opened Wilson's Image in August 2007. Located in the Five Points neighborhood, Wilson’s Image is a barber shop and a gathering place of new ideas, real talk and community outreach. Learn more here.  

Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery | 1256 Penn Avenue N. 4th Floor: The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) preserves, documents and highlights the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans in Minnesota. Learn more here.  

About U.S. Bank  

U.S. Bancorp, with more than 70,000 employees and $663 billion in assets as of December 31, 2023, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diversified mix of businesses including consumer banking, business banking, commercial banking, institutional banking, payments and wealth management. U.S. Bancorp has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, community partnerships and customer service, including being named one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies and Fortune’s most admired superregional bank. To learn more, please visit the U.S. Bancorp website at usbank.com and click on “About Us.”