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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 Hamline School of Business Master of Public Administration (MPA) alumna Jennifer Pennington.

Can Can Wonderland, the first arts organization to become a public benefit corporation in the State of Minnesota, opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony held by the Midway Chamber of Commerce on January 12, 2017. The attraction features an 18 hole artist designed mini golf course, a black box theater, a giant cardboard maze, pinball, snacks and cocktails. Pennington chose the Hamline Midway neighborhood for a number of reasons, but particularly because of the diversity of the area and the opportunity to revitalize and repurpose a large warehouse space. The building that houses Can Can has had many different tenants over the years, but the longest lasting was the American Can Company from which the Wonderland draws its name.

“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,” Pennington said. “Furthermore, the low cost and the variety of activities will bring diverse audiences together to have fun."

Realizing the funding challenges that nonprofits often face, Pennington designed Can Can Wonderland to be financially self-sustaining after one year of operation rather than relying on annual grants. This will happen through admission fees for the artist-designed mini-golf course and other amusements, food and beverage sales, merchandise, and events.

Find out more about Can Can Wonderland on their website. You can also follow them on

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cancanwonderland/
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