We believe that performing arts can engage, stimulate, inspire, challenge, educate, reflect,
empower and nourish artists, audiences and communities.
We are committed to the cultural enrichment of Saint Paul’s ethnically and economically
diverse East Side neighborhoods.
We will work as a catalyst and magnet for arts and culture by developing new programs and
partnerships, which create opportunities for youth and professionals to actively participate
in drama, music, dance, cinema, multimedia and other arts and cultural activities.
We will strive to increase participation in the arts for all, through inspiring and affordable dramatic,
musical, dance, cinematic and other arts and cultural performances at the Mounds Theatre
facility and by offering facilities and programming support to artists and performers.
The Mounds Theatre is a 1920's silent film/vaudeville theatre, which was given to the Portage for Youth in 2000. A crew of volunteers, raised the funding necessary to rehab the venue and in 2004, the Mounds Theatre was open to the public.
In 2010, we started dinner theatre, with our production of Knotareel Getaway Cruise.