A New Way to Shop for Art

We are thrilled to announce a collaboration with West Acres Mall to bring APT, an arts incubator, into its next phase – Aptitude.

From the mall’s common area, step through the corridor next to Best Buy’s storefront and follow the neon sign into our space! Boasting 6,000 square feet and 19-foot–tall ceilings, Aptitude is adjacent to The District, a lively new development bringing food and cultural experiences to the space between Best Buy and Essentia Health. 

“We look at it as a cultural return on investment. It gives a platform for the arts and we think it’s important for the customers to have access to the arts as well, ” says Alissa Adams, West Acres’ senior vice president of marketing and business development.

With 19 individual studio spaces as well as a kiln room, Aptitude will continue the work of APT by providing affordable studios, as well as a safe and collaborative environment for artists to work while providing an opportunity for the community to collide with artists.

“We made a substantial investment to build all this out because we believe in it and we believe in our artists.” – Brad Schlossman, CEO of West Acres Mall.

The loft feel and barn doors give off a mini-mall feel inside the spacious marketplace. Its a space for our vendors to create while cultivating relationships with the community.

“APT more than exceeded our original projections, but we also always knew that it was a temporary space,” says Dayna Del Val, president & CEO of The Arts Partnership. “We are beyond thrilled at the prospect of reaching the immense audience of Metro residents and tourists who are already coming to the mall as well as to have access to the considerable marketing arm and collaborative opportunities from West Acres.”

Holiday Art Market Dates:

  • [LAUNCH] Sunday, November 24: It’s a Wonderful Night 6-9 pm
  • Saturday, November 30: Small Business Saturday 10-6pm
  • Sunday, December 1: 1-6pm
  • Thursday, December 5: 5-9pm
  • Saturday, December 7: 1-6pm
  • Sunday, December 8: 1-6pm
  • Thursday, December 12: Holiday Partner Party and Art Market 5-9pm
  • Saturday, December 14: 1-6pm
  • Sunday, December 15: 1-6pm
  • Thursday, December 19: 5-9pm
  • Saturday, December 21: 1-6pm
  • Sunday, December 22: 1-6pm

Can't Find Us?

  • We’re in the Eastern wing of the mall near Best Buy
  • Use the public entrance adjacent to MatBus Shelter 240, follow the hallway past the Roger Maris Museum and take a right when you enter the common area.
  • Use the entrance adjacent to Crave and follow the hallway to the common area.