Can Can Wonderland

Can Can Wonderland

Funding Received: 2013
St. Paul, MN
$350,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

 

Can Can Wonderland is creating an inviting, arts-immersive community gathering space to bring people together for playable art, performances, and arts activities. The financially self-sustaining business model will provide ongoing commissioned work and exposure for artists, creating an economic engine for the arts. We are proud to be the first arts-based public benefit corporation in Minnesota. This project will be located in the Creative Enterprise Zone and is set to animate the Hamline-Midway community of St. Paul, MN by leveraging the public investment made along the light rail to stimulate economic development and enhance community livability.

 

Recognizing the continuing difficulty that arts organizations have in securing funding from year to year, Can Can Wonderland is designed to be financially self-sustaining after one year of operations rather than pursuing grants from year to year to support operations. This will occur through admission fees to play artist-designed mini-golf and other amusements, food and beverage sales, merchandise, and events.  New artist-designed mini-golf holes will be introduced each year while the most popular holes will be retained. The space will be constantly adding art through installation, sculpture, and performance. The ever-changing aspects will keep the experience fresh for patrons and will provide more work and ongoing exposure for artists and craftsmen of every discipline.

 

Creating art that doubles as fun, recreational activities and entertainment will allow many opportunities for the community to see and interact with art in new ways. Furthermore, the low cost and the variety of activities is expected to bring diverse audiences together to have fun.

 

Opened January 12, 2017 in St. Paul, MN.

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

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Apr 10, 2017
Can Can Wonderland at 755 Prior Ave. is a connector between the past and the future. That is how Jennifer Pennington, co-founder and CEO of... Read More
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Feb 14, 2017
What do a tornado, a Ferris wheel, and your grandma’s basement all have in common? At Can Can Wonderland’s quirky and whimsical mini golf course,... Read More
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Feb 9, 2017
Loopty Loop Madness is one of 18 weirdly, wonderful holes of mini-golf at St. Paul's Can Can Wonderland. And unlike the other artist-designs, this one... Read More
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Feb 3, 2017
If the name of St. Paul’s new adult – and family – playground Can Can Wonderland makes you think of a line of dancers high... Read More
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Feb 3, 2017
The Can Can Wonderland website says that their “social purpose is to be an economic engine for the arts.” And they’re doing that in a... Read More
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Feb 1, 2017
Artsy mini golf, vintage pinball, and a high-concept cocktail playground—Can Can Wonderland is as much fun as you can pack into an abandoned warehouse. Read More
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Feb 1, 2017
Hey, why don't we give a bunch of artists an abandoned warehouse and a liquor license? Those who answered this in the affirmative—you are my... Read More
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Jan 25, 2017
If you could design your own mini-golf course, what would it look what? What materials would you use, how would you build it? These questions... Read More
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Jan 25, 2017
Can Can Wonderland — an artist-created mini golf course/arcade/bar/ adult playground — opened earlier this month in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood. Read More
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Jan 19, 2017
The Hamline Midway area is now home to a new, arts immersive community gathering space: Can Can Wonderland thanks to the creativity and innovation of... Read More
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Jan 16, 2017
Putt putt, pinball and cocktails! Jason checked out the new hot spot in St. Paul called Can Can Wonderland. Read More
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Jan 14, 2017
There’s a brand new artist-designed mini golf course in St. Paul. It’s called Can Can Wonderland and it officially opened Thursday. Naturally, GoMN had to... Read More
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Jan 13, 2017
Places like Tori Ramen taking over the vacant Lee’s and Dee’s Barbeque space or Augustine’s setting up in an old laundromat on Selby Avenue mean... Read More
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Jan 12, 2017
The expression on my face must have conveyed awe to the bubbly host that greeted me at the door. “It’s weird right?!” she asked with... Read More
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Jan 11, 2017
Can Can Wonderland officially opens to the public tomorrow, and the new funky destination is sure to be a go-to spot for something a little... Read More
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Jan 11, 2017
Can Can Wonderland will open to the public on Thursday, unveiling its wild labyrinth of art-inspired mini golf, stage-top shows and Bittercube cocktails – including... Read More
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Jan 11, 2017
Can Can Wonderland opens Thursday, January 12 in Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone and we’ve got everything you need to know about the artsy, mini-golf... Read More
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Jan 11, 2017
In the old American Can Factory in St. Paul, a new enterprise blends artist-designed mini-golf and classic arcade games in a way that its creators... Read More
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Jan 10, 2017
No one just stumbles upon the basement of an old canning factory. Without the benefit of street-corner visibility, the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Jennifer... Read More
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Jan 10, 2017
There’s a new spot in St. Paul that combines art and fun. It’s called Can Can Wonderland . It’s a spot where folks of all... Read More
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Jan 4, 2017
ocated in St. Paul’s Hamline Midway neighborhood, the Can Can Wonderland includes an artist-designed, indoor mini golf course surrounded by artist-designed flora and fauna. Yes,... Read More
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Jan 3, 2017
St. Paul is getting a major mini golf upgrade! The capitol city of our home state, Minnesota, is gaining a unique and distinctive artist-designed course... Read More
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Dec 1, 2016
Maybe we just mini-golf our way into 2017, yeah? Who's with me? I have a way: Can Can Wonderland. A collective of super smart, cheeky... Read More
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Jun 25, 2016
Chris Pennington is one of those high-octane guys whose bouncing enthusiasm is infectious. And he’s thrown all that energy into a whimsical idea now coming... Read More
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Jun 7, 2016
Plans to redevelop a former can factory into an artist-designed mini golf course, brewery and other creatively oriented businesses are moving on to the St... Read More
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Jun 1, 2016
Set to open in September, Can Can Wonderland will take the title as Minnesota’s first arts-based public benefit corporation, designed to create an intersection of... Read More
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May 30, 2016
Can Can Wonderland This brand new spot doesn't open until September, but it's worth keeping an eye on as it's bound to be one of... Read More
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Watch Luke Lyon's design of Can Can Comet come to life as it is fabricated by Primitive Precision artists: https://www.instagram.com/p/BC2zdBgtOkD/?taken-by=primitiveprecision1 Read More
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On June 8, 2015, we received word of our status as a semifinalist in the 2015 MN Cup Competition . We are competing against 9... Read More
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Last summer, we received a grant to build a Human Foosball court for Open Streets St. Paul. This year, we updated it and had fun... Read More
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2015 started in high gear and hasn't stopped: On January 2nd, we became the first arts organization to become a public benefit corporation in the... Read More
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Startups pitch weekly at 1 Million Cups St. Paul at the James J. Hill Center. These companies range from startups with no customers to those... Read More
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It was pure serendipity that St. Louis Park Middle School offered a math elective called Mini Golf Madness at the same time Can Can Wonderland... Read More