The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts participates in several community partnerships that are collaborations at the core, going beyond financial or promotional needs, to learn and invest in specific values key to the growth of shared desires and concerns.

Working in partnership with Local Artists is core to the mission of The Cowles Center, significantly supporting original dance in Minnesota. The Cowles Center co-presents several performances in the Goodale Theater allowing artists to share their latest works for the stage with the public. By providing subsidy toward the cost of production and marketing/promotion, The Cowles Center offers artists more opportunities (compared to self-producing) to focus on the creation of their art and connect with audiences in a state-of-the-art venue.