In November of 1997, the Hopkins Center for the Arts opened and quickly became a central gathering place. Located in the heart of Mainstreet and between two community parks, the center’s mission is to “build community through the arts by fostering creative expression, and providing artistic and educational opportunities for people of all ages, as well as to be an important focal point for community activity, pride and involvement.” The Center hosts performances, exhibitions, adult community education classes, along with providing rentable space to businesses and families. The flexibility of the spaces supports a wide-range of events, making it attractive to the city’s diverse population. Events the center has held include: first birthday celebrations for Indian families, Quinceanera parties for Hispanic community members, and the Somali Museum of Minnesota’s 2nd anniversary party.