We’re thrilled to be supporting another season of the Common Room tours at The Soap Factory! For the past few years that they’ve done the program, Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci‘s thoughtful, entertaining, and decidedly uncommon tours of places hidden (or hidden in plain sight) in MPLS + STPL have been the highlight of summer. And speaking of cats . . .

Common Room began as a month-long series of interactive art events, out of a refurbished art deco office at The Soap Factory. Since 2011, Vucci and Sturdevant have taken the Common Room concept outside the four walls of The Soap Factory and into the city, activating public spaces and redefining our relationship with our surroundings.

STARTING LOCATION: OUTSIDE NICOLLET ACE HARDWARE, 3805 NICOLLET AVE S., MINNEAPOLIS

Kitchens link our domestic and public lives in a way few other spaces do, whether we’re cooking for our family or friends, or visiting a restaurant with them. Once relegated to hidden rooms in the back of houses and restaurants, kitchens often now feature centrally in these places. The Kitchen Tour peers into private, commercial, community and historic kitchens, all within a few blocks of one another in south Minneapolis. Walking tour.