Minni Media Kit
Minni is a creative community space run by professional artists and educators.
We empower little ones to design great things.
Children ages 18 months to 10 years have an inspirational place to celebrate their open-ended, natural approach to invention, and supportive, trained teachers to guide their technique and processes.
Minni offers a place for the art community to come together.
Community is central to what we do. Our studio and lounge areas are uniquely open: welcoming design inspires art making; comfortable seating encourages day passing. Local teaching artists and designers host our on-site programming, and curate our gallery and special events.
Design + Innovation
Painting + Printing
Learn + Play
Minni offers a complete suite of weekly classes for children ages 18 months to 10 years old.
All courses are taught by professional artists, designers and educators.
Our curriculum is created by real experts who have both classroom teaching experience and background in program development.
Our beautiful lounge is available on weekdays for drop-in art projects and play-based creative activities.
Host your child’s party in a creative space. We work with families to coordinate art and design parties for children up to 10 years of age.
We also proudly showcase the work of local artists whose work relates to playful design. We tie in our drop-in activities to reflect the artist’s methods, shapes and materials to inspire our Minni Artists and give them a taste of the working artist process.
And of course we offer workshops for kids and adults too!
Kelly Harris Smith
Founder + Creative Director
Have you ever wondered what might happen if you combined wool felt, minimalist design, cold winters and small children? Kelly can answer that question for you. Trained as an architect at Northeastern University, she co-concepted and ran Knoll furniture’s FilzFelt brand for an extensive period before focusing independently on product and design work and the parenting of two preschoolers. Kelly created Minni to fill two distinct needs in her own life, both mirrored in families across her neighborhood and community: 1) the want of a dedicated space allowing for a deep dive into design projects with her kiddos; and 2) a regular, welcoming destination for simply getting out of the house.
Rachel is the trifecta of museum programming: she’s worked as an educator, visiting artist, and family programs facilitator at the ICA, the MFA, and the Danforth Museum. She’s also a top teacher, layering her current role as a middle and high school art teacher at Rocky Hill School in Rhode Island onto previous work with elementary and middle school aged students in Framingham Public Schools and the renowned Edward Brooke Charter School in Boston. Rachel holds a BA in Studio Art from Skidmore College, an MAT from Tufts University and the School of the MFA, and a degree in parenting from two young children who get to live a lucky life surrounded by art as part of their everyday.
An undergraduate degree in Studio Arts from NYU. An MAT in art education from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Over six years of elementary art teaching experience and additional years of work as the Manager of Family Programs at the MFA. Add in two children of her own and the equation that is Nora swings to the perfect storm of programming expertise. Like Kelly, Nora is a fan of keeping the crayon off her own walls while still supporting the creative inclinations so natural to young children – hence her belief in Minni.
Minni is located in the heart of the SoWa art and design district, a uniquely creative neighborhood within Boston’s South End.
In The Media
Minni has been featured for its innovative creative community space in numerous publications, such as Boston Magazine, Boston Home Magazine, The Boston Globe and Design New England.