Welcome to Zeitgeist, where we are dedicated to supporting the arts, celebrating culture and building community. Owned and operated by the Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community, everything that happens at Zeitgeist is part of our larger mission of working collaboratively to build a healthy community.

We run the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, the Teatro Zuccone performance theater, and the Zinema 2 movie theaters. And while those venues together represent the physical space of Zeitgeist, it is the people who gather within them to celebrate culture, exchange ideas, and create a shared experience that gives Zeitgeist its purpose.

Zeitgeist is about enhancing and enriching the life of our community. We offer artists a venue to earn income from their work, and encourage them to be bold by offering them a venue free of censorship, judgment, or restriction. We support the local economy by committing to purchase from local farmers, businesses, and craftspeople. And along with all of the great artistic and creative institutions throughout the Twin Ports, we are helping to define ourselves as a culturally rich, creative community.

Our success depends in part on the charitable support of our community. We hope you find the experiences you have here at Zeitgeist to be engaging, awakening, and fun. Please let us know if you’d like to be involved in helping to ensure that Zeitgeist is an institution that lasts long into our community’s future.

Our History

In 2005 the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation was started in Duluth and designed to make philanthropic gifts to non-profits throughout the Twin Ports Region, across Minnesota, and around the world. The generosity of Alan Zeppa and his parents, and Alan’s decision to set up the foundation in Duluth, was immediately felt locally as new investments were made in arts organizations, environmental efforts, local business ventures, and initiatives to alleviate hunger and poverty.

Between 2005 and 2010, the Foundation and other Zeppa trusts distributed over 18 million dollars in charitable grants and mission driven loans that permanently made Duluth a more vibrant, equitable, and progressive community.

With an additional 5 million dollars, the Zeppa Trusts developed the Zeitgeist Arts Center. The arts center helped begin the transformation of Duluth’s eastern downtown area into an arts and entertainment district, and has helped support scores of local, regional, and national artists of all kinds.

The Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community is built on the foundation of the Zeppa Trusts, whose
mission is to:

  • Support the advancement of progressive principles in human affairs, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally;
  • Assist in the development of environmental sustainability through the implementation of progressive policies relating to sustainability, health, poverty, and hunger, locally and regionally;
  • Support the performance and visual arts, locally and regionally.