Altered Esthetics was founded in 2004 by Jamie Schumacher to assist low-income and unrepresented artists in the Minneapolis community. Over the past ten years, Ae has changed it’s focus to meet the needs of the growing Twin Cities arts scene by shifting our focus from representation to arts education and community building. In 2014, we began a partnership with The Southern Theater during Ae Without Walls, a time when we closed our gallery doors at the Q.arma Building in Northeast Minneapolis to explore pop-up exhibitions. Our partnership has expanded over the last couple of years, and as of January 2016, The Southern Theater is now Ae's home! 

Ae is operated by a volunteer board. Each member directly supports the mission and vision of the organization, not only through their fiscal support, but through voluntary management. In 2006, Ae gained 501-c3 status. With an internship program, educational workshops and programs for students and emerging artists, Ae has been a pillar in the Minneapolis community. For more information about the organization please write to contact@alteredesthetics.org.