Give

Support art. Change lives.
Kyiv City Ballet dancer in a deep bow

Capture hearts. Engage minds.

You are a vital part of the Northrop community and you remain at the heart of our vision today—to present cultural experiences that transform lives, unite across differences, and inspire positive change in our world. Together we continue to make a lasting impact by:

  •  bringing historical events to our city including Kyiv City Ballet—standing with our community in solidarity with Ukraine,
  • exploring the issue of global food security as part of the Spotlight Series,
  • engaging in dialogue with the U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón about the ability of poetry to reconnect, heal, and transform,
  • and supporting these and many other meaningful events, conversations, and performances.

You make this possible—and we value each and every way you contribute. As we approach the end of our fiscal year, please partner with us through your tax-deductible gift, please give before the end of the year to show your impact this season.

Thank you for investing in your Northrop experience—sharing moments of inspiration, discovery, and joy!

Make a Difference by Giving to Northrop

For nearly 100 years, Northrop has been one of Minnesota’s premier performing arts, education, and entertainment centers. Northrop plays a critical role in the intellectual and cultural life of the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting legendary artists, speakers, and changemakers. Home to the signature Dance and Music Series, we are the region’s renowned presenter of national and international ballet and contemporary dance companies, and legendary classical and jazz music artists. We are grateful to you for your support of Northrop, helping to keep the arts alive as we provide you with access to the artists and performances you love, in new and innovative ways. This Season you will be inspired by incredible performances, programs, and unique opportunities to engage with artists. Students and educators across the state will have vital access to the arts through education programs for students of all ages.

We appreciate your support to keep the arts alive, on stage and in our communities.

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With many community partners, sponsors, and donors, Northrop annually is able to:

  • Expand accessibility to powerful programming through live-stream and online performances and free online and in-person engagement events
  • Amplify underrepresented voices and elevate new voices by commissioning and supporting artists and partners
  • Offer new ways to connect a variety of communities through essential arts programming
  • Build and strengthen partnerships with artists, institutions, and patrons
  • Present opportunities for new works and continued artist connections through the Centennial Commissions program.
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  • Provide low-cost, live-stream options for K-12 students and schools to engage with matinee performances
  • Remove geographic barriers and schedule constraints for K-12 students to experience the arts with expanded live-stream options
  • Supply low-cost tickets and subsidized bussing for K-12 students to attend special student matinee performances in person when it is safe to do so
  • Create additional learning resources to complement K-12 matinee performances that align with MN ELA standards
Pittsburgh Ballet
  • Offer unique ways to connect with the artists and performers through masterclasses, workshops, engagement events, and other high-impact events
  • Introduce all first-year U of M studentsfaculty and staff to world-class arts experiences through the First-Year Free ticket program
  • Present beautiful large-scale ballet
  • Present the most exciting international contemporary dance companies in the world
  • Provide live music and large orchestras to accompany dance performances
  • Offer fascinating artist engagement opportunities such as free pre-show talks, films, and other events that provide a deeper look into our programming
Impact Report

Your gift helps to keep the arts alive, onstage, online, and in our communities.

See the magnitude of impact of your donations at Northrop and in our community.

How to Give

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Make Your Gift by Mail

Northrop
84 Church Street SE
Suite 90
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Make Your Gift By Phone

Call us at 612-626-7554

Ways to Give

Explore the many benefits of becoming a Friend of Northrop

Up to $99

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

$100+

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

$250

  • Presale opportunity to performances and events

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

$500+

  • Invitation to exclusive preview event for Northrop’s Season announcement prior to the general public announcement*

  • Invitations to open rehearsals and artist receptions*

  • Presale opportunity to performances and events

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

*subject to availability

$1,000 +

  • One “behind the scenes” opportunity to observe a company class or closed rehearsal*

  • Access to the Directors Lounge pre-performance reception for one performance of your choice

  • Complimentary parking for one performance of your choice

  • Invitation to exclusive preview event for Northrop’s Season announcement prior to the general public announcement*

  • Invitations to open rehearsals and artist receptions*

  • Presale opportunity to performances and events

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

*subject to availability

For questions about becoming a donor, or other ways to financially support Northrop, please contact Director of Development Cynthia Betz at 612-626-7554 or betzx011@umn.edu.

$2,500 + Director’s Circle

  • Invitations to exclusive artist dinners and welcoming events*

  • Two complimentary tickets for hosting guests to exclusive artist events*

  • Two complimentary tickets for hosting guests to Directors Lounge pre-performance receptions

  • Access to the Directors Lounge pre-performance receptions

  • One “behind the scenes” opportunity to observe a company class or closed rehearsal*

  • Complimentary parking for your season subscription performances

  • Invitation to exclusive preview event for Northrop’s Season announcement prior to the general public announcement*

  • Invitations to open rehearsals and artist receptions*

  • Presale opportunity to performances and events

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

*subject to availability

$5,000 + Director’s Circle

  • Discounted rental rates on any Northrop space (one reservation per season)*

  • Invitations to exclusive artist dinners and welcoming events*

  • Two complimentary tickets to exclusive artist events to share with your guests*

  • Two complimentary tickets to Directors Lounge pre-performance receptions to share with your guests

  • Access to the Directors Lounge pre-performance receptions

  • One “behind the scenes” opportunity to observe a company class or closed rehearsal*

  • Complimentary parking for your season subscription performances

  • Invitation to exclusive preview event for Northrop’s Season announcement prior to the general public announcement*

  • Invitations to open rehearsals and artist receptions*

  • Presale opportunity to performances and events

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

*subject to availability

$10,000 + Director’s Circle

  • Special donor acknowledgment for one Northrop Presents performance

  • Discounted rental rates on any Northrop space (one reservation per season)*

  • Invitations to exclusive artist dinners and welcoming events*

  • Four complimentary tickets to exclusive artist events to share with your guests*

  • Four complimentary tickets to Directors Lounge pre-performance receptions to share with your guests

  • Access to the Directors Lounge pre-performance receptions

  • One “behind the scenes” opportunity to observe a company class or closed rehearsal*

  • Complimentary parking for your season subscription performances

  • Invitation to exclusive preview event for Northrop’s Season announcement prior to the general public announcement*

  • Invitations to open rehearsals and artist receptions*

  • Presale opportunity to performances and events

  • Priority access to artist workshops and classes

  • Recognition in performance program notes on Northrop’s website

*subject to availability

For questions about becoming a donor, or other ways to financially support Northrop, please contact Director of Development Cynthia Betz at 612-626-7554 or betzx011@umn.edu.

Northrop at sunset

You're In Good Comany

We are deeply grateful to our partners of all sizes for their involvement with Northrop, the University, and surrounding communities. Their support helps keep the arts alive in this vital time. Contact us if you would like to explore a partnership today.

Thank You to Our Generous Donors

We are grateful to these supporters and donors who continue to support programming, education, and community engagement.

Northrop Donors

$10,000+

  • Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
  • Robert Lunieski

$5,000+

  • Jerry Artz
  • Kurt and Susan Bjorklund, Dedicated to Silas and Victoria Ford
  • Ellie Crosby, The Longview and Crosswols Foundations
  • Nancy Gossell
  • Richard Gregory
  • Randy Hartten and Ron Lotz
  • Jennifer Marrone and David Short

$2,500+

  • Nancy and John Conlin
  • Susan DeNuccio
  • Gail and Stuart Hanson
  • Gail and Jack Kochie
  • Shawn Monaghan and Greg Plotnikoff
  • Thomas and Conchy Morgan, In Memory of Sylvia and Henry Frisch 
  • Sandra Morris
  • Gary A. Reetz
  • Scarborough Fair Boutique
  • Donald Williams and Pamela Neuenfeldt

$1,000+

  • Mary Benson
  • Frederick L. Betz
  • Jeff Bieganek
  • Rob Carlson and Gregg Larson
  • Deb Cran and Robert Craven
  • Fran Davis
  • Karen Hanson and Dennis Senchuk
  • Minhchau and Lawrence Harms
  • Sally and Richard Leider
  • Bob and Susanna McMaster
  • Tim and Gayle Ober
  • Marianne Remedios and John Wald
  • Stephanie Rupp
  • Kathryn Sedo and Scott Beers
  • David Vanney and Catharine Ruther

$500+

  • Anonymous
  • Margaret Albrecht
  • Jeanne Andre
  • Kathryn Cahill, In Honor of Ferne Rowland
  • R. and J. Cameron
  • Will and Ginny Craig
  • Stephen Davis and L Murray Thomas
  • Meghan DeBruycker Legacy Fund-Willmar Area Community Foundation
  • Peter and Kathy Ganzer
  • Ramona Hanneken
  • Glenn Lindsey
  • Mark and Cecilia Morrow
  • Robin Oertel
  • Lance Olson
  • Richard Taylor

$250+

  • Anonymous
  • Elissa Adams and Michael Margulies
  • Paul Aslanian
  • Thomas and Jill Barland
  • Bill and Julie Brady
  • Kristen Brogdon
  • Kate Christianson
  • Diane Demos
  • Pat Gaarder
  • Stephen Gordon and Patricia Gavan-Gordon
  • Denise and Corey Holtz
  • Kimberly Hutchens
  • Jennifer and Mark Johnson
  • Emily Maltz
  • David Musolf
  • Mason and Gwen Myers
  • Derrill Pankow
  • Elizabeth Parker
  • Shannon Pierce
  • Ann Piotrowski
  • Kathleen Porter
  • Patricia and Joseph Pulice
  • Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
  • John Reay and Karen Hanson
  • Danielle Robinson-Prater and Joel Prater
  • Gordon Rouse and Sylvia Beach
  • Bonnie Vidlund
  • Cheryl Wall
  • Steven and Barb Zawadski

$100+

  • Anonymous
  • Atashi Acharya
  • Jan Adams
  • Marcia Anderson
  • Joseph Bingham
  • Mayrinda Cain
  • Karen Charles
  • Stephen and Mary Chicoine
  • Sandra Daly
  • Melissa Davis
  • Timothy and Judith Dove
  • Robert Dufault and Ann Wilcox
  • Jean Durades
  • William Durfee and Devorah Goldstein
  • George Ehrenberg
  • Kristin Elizondo
  • Annalee Gray
  • Lisa and Dan Gray
  • Kathy Gremillion
  • Joan Haldeman
  • Nancy Hammer
  • Catherine Hart and Andes Gonzalez Leon
  • Cari and Matthew Hatcher
  • Richard Hruby and Kimberly Broderick
  • William Humphrey
  • Ann Jaede
  • Barry and Karen Johnson
  • Tovio Kallas and Beatrice Holton
  • Dana and Eric Kassel
  • Micki and Neil Kay
  • Leslie Koepke
  • Jeffrey Land
  • Laura Landy
  • Alan and Peggy Lathrop
  • James and Sharon Lewis
  • Mary McKenna
  • Toni McNaron
  • Kelly McQueen
  • Margaret Michaelson
  • Sally Moore
  • Michael and Lisa Nekich
  • Stephen Nelson and Joan Bren
  • William and Jennifer Neujahr
  • Sarita Parikh
  • David and Mary Parker
  • Donald Pastor and David Goldstein
  • Bridget and David Reddan
  • Debra Reischl
  • James Schmitz and Sara Thompson
  • John Shreves
  • Dimitri Smirnoff
  • Wendy Steele
  • Barbara Stoll
  • Ertugrul and Karen Owens Tuzcu
  • Michael Weinbeck
  • Cathy Westrum and Annelynn Westrum
  • Monica Winker-Bergstrom
  • Millie Woodbury
  • Mark Wright and Elizabeth Walton

  • Berit Ahlgren
  • Kent Akervik
  • Gerald and Georgianna Allan
  • Kevin and Shirley Arms
  • Robert Arntsen
  • Michael and Jessica Austin
  • Elizabeth and Wolfgang Bergman
  • Anna Betz
  • Tierra Boose
  • Mary Boyer
  • Patti Brase
  • Willie Bridges
  • Kristin Card
  • Ariel Carter
  • JaNan Cavanaugh
  • Betty Clark
  • David and Nancy Claussen
  • Virginia Dale
  • Vicki Donatell
  • Dake Dorris
  • Byron Douglass
  • Frances Durkin
  • Marcia and Berkan Endres
  • Valerie Fazedin
  • Jessie Fett
  • Susan Gahan
  • Joanne and John Gordon
  • Birgit Grund
  • Jeffrey Haddorf
  • Michael Hamerski and Susan Thurston-Hammerski
  • Paul and Charlotte Hardt
  • David and Julie Hartung
  • Joyce and Eugene Haselmann
  • Jill Hauwiller
  • Addie Hazelton
  • Laura Helgeson
  • Mary Helmin
  • Colleen Hermann
  • Christina Herzog
  • Susan Hommeyer
  • Sheri Horton
  • Janet Horvath
  • Jerome and Judith Ingber
  • Ann Ivey
  • Ramona Jacobs and Charles Christianson
  • Janet Johnson
  • Ronald Joki
  • David Kearn
  • Joan and Timothy Kenny
  • Cassandra Kiehn
  • Dwayne King
  • Carrie Klemenhagen
  • Thomas and Mary Kuhn
  • Doni Kvam
  • Mike and Sharon Lane
  • Linda Leamer
  • Kathryn LeFevere
  • Jane Leonard and Lori Lippert
  • Barbara Lind and Craig Poeschel
  • Nancy Litin
  • Ann Loushine-Thomsen
  • Marcelienne and Roger Lundquist
  • Nancy Marcy
  • Cynthia Marsh and C.W. Vandersluis
  • Kenneth and Judith Matysik
  • Robert and Kristin McClanahan
  • Alli Mertins
  • Sanjay Mishra
  • Jill Mitchell
  • Daniel Moore and Laura Tempel
  • Summer Morrison
  • Scott Nelson and Roxanne Hart
  • Shelley and James Nichols
  • Nina Norum and Ronald Haysl
  • Barbara Owens
  • Carol and Peter Parshall
  • Matthew Peak
  • Marjorie Pearson
  • Beth Peck
  • Christina Peterson
  • Elizabeth Peterson
  • Charisse Pickron
  • Steven Pincus and Michelle Strangis
  • Mary Roberts and Edward Kraft
  • Susan Rohde
  • Maria Rosengren
  • Edward Sarnoski
  • Hollie Schultz
  • Thomas Scott
  • James Sewell and Sally Rouse
  • Elizabeth Sharpe
  • Michele and Chris Shepherd
  • Rebecca and John Shockley
  • Jan and Alan Sickbert
  • Barbara Sletten
  • Emily Soltis
  • Theodore Sothern and Barry Leon
  • Richard Steege
  • Ronald Stevens
  • Vicki Strahan
  • Jonathan Tallman
  • Marie-Luise and Anita Teigen
  • Ivette Tejeda
  • Jon Thomas
  • Rodney and Carol Thompson
  • Michelle Tolliver
  • Kay Troan
  • Kathleen Tuma
  • Nancy Tykwinski
  • David Ulaszek
  • Alla Valdberg
  • Tatiana Valdberg
  • Bill Venne and Douglas Kline
  • Carolyn Wahl
  • Samuel Walling
  • Renee Warmuth
  • Kathleen Warner
  • Jeanie Watson
  • Brian and Katherine Weitz
  • Darryl and Janet Weivoda
  • Jonathon White
  • Mary Wiley
  • Clay and Karen Williams
  • Rachel Wolff
  • Roger Worm
  • Yuhsuan Yeh
  • Roberta Zohara

Thank you to the generous donors who continue to support programming, education, and community engagement for Northrop’s beloved Aeolian-Skinner Organ. It is because of you that this magnificent instrument’s voice will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

  • Dean Billmeyer
  • Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
  • Dee Ann and Kent Crossley
  • David Cruickshank
  • Salvatore Franco
  • Reid Froiland
  • Nils and Heather Halker
  • Charlie Johnson
  • Joseph Kuznik
  • Kristin Lefferts
  • Lisette Lilac
  • Peter Lund
  • Pamela Neuenfeldt and Don Williams
  • Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
  • David and Rachelle Willey

The Heritage Society honors and celebrates donors who have made estate and other planned gifts for Northrop at the University of Minnesota. 

  • Nancy M Allen*
  • Jerry L Artz
  • John W Follows*
  • Stephen Gordon and Pat Gavan-Gordon
  • Peter S Lund
  • Darlene M Sholtis

 

*deceased

This season’s listing is current as of 11/8/22
Please contact Trisha Taylor at taylort@umn.edu  if you have any corrections or questions.

State Ballet of Georgia

Keep the arts alive by sponsoring Northrop programs

At Northrop, we believe in sharing extraordinary arts experiences to ever-expanding audiences. We strive to make these power performances accessible to everyone through outreach to diverse communities, rich and varied programming, and subsidized student tickets. Your organization can help elevate these experiences. Today it is more crucial than ever to help support that mission. Northrop’s sponsorship opportunities generate consumer awareness while supporting creativity, education, and a culturally rich community.

Your sponsorship makes an Impact in our community
Discover the differences our sponsors and partners are making.

Why become a sponsor?

Northrop’s sponsorship opportunities generate consumer awareness while supporting creativity, education, and a culturally rich community.

Each sponsorship package meets your objectives

  • Connect with new audiences

  • Show you value essential arts programming

  • Offer innovative ways to provide arts and artists online and in person

  • Promote your brand

  • Reach specific audiences you target

  • Build new partnerships

  • Cultivate clients

  • Thank loyal customers

  • Reward customers and employees

  • Make a highly visible connection to art, culture, and education

Explore the many benefits of becoming a sponsor

  • Brand association with excellence, innovation, international recognition, and distinction

  • High value-per-sponsorship dollar and ROI

  • Tremendous visibility with internationally recognized performances

  • Connection and access to the world’s greatest artists

  • Opportunities for global reach within Northrop’s technology-rich facility

  • Association with a new national model for interdisciplinary innovation, collaboration and creativity

  • Access to the University’s intellectual capital and student population of over 50,000

Sponsorship benefits

  • Event sponsor logo and placement opportunities in season program notes
  • Season sponsor logo featured prior to performance
  • Season program notes executive profile, photo, and quote
  • Logo or name recognition in press releases, Northrop emails, social media, and blog posts for sponsored event
  • Logo in direct mail for sponsored event
  • Complimentary Northrop event space rental for one private company event
  • Identified as a sponsor in Season subscription materials
  • Logo on all sponsored event materials (invitations, posters, program, thank you and RSVP)
  • Pre-concert announcements and signage
  • Exclusive artists meet-and-greet events (pending artists’ availability)
  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  •  Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

  • Event sponsor logo and placement opportunities in season program notes
  • Season program notes executive profile, photo, and quote
  • Logo or name recognition in press releases, Northrop emails, social media, and blog posts for sponsored event
  • Logo in direct mail for sponsored event
  • Complimentary Northrop event space rental for one private company event
  • Identified as a sponsor in Season subscription materials
  • Logo on all sponsored event materials (invitations, posters, program, thank you and RSVP)
  • Pre-concert announcements and signage
  • Exclusive artists meet-and-greet events (pending artists’ availability)
  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  • Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

  • Event sponsor logo and placement opportunities in season program notes 
  • Logo or name recognition in press releases, Northrop emails, social media, and blog posts for sponsored event
  • Logo in direct mail for sponsored event
  • Complimentary Northrop event space rental for one private company event
  • Identified as a sponsor in Season subscription materials
  • Logo on all sponsored event materials (invitations, posters, program, thank you and RSVP)
  • Pre-concert announcements and signage
  • Exclusive artists meet-and-greet events (pending artists’ availability)
  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  • Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

  • Event sponsor logo and placement opportunities in season program notes
  • Identified as a sponsor in Season subscription materials
  • Logo on all sponsored event materials (invitations, posters, program, thank you and RSVP)
  • Pre-concert announcements and signage
  • Exclusive artists meet-and-greet events (pending artists’ availability)
  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  • Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

  • Event sponsor logo and placement opportunities in season program notes
  • Identified as a sponsor in Season subscription materials
  • Logo on all sponsored event materials (invitations, posters, program, thank you and RSVP)
  • Pre-concert announcements and signage
  • Exclusive artists meet-and-greet events (pending artists’ availability)
  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  • Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

  • Event sponsor logo and placement opportunities in season program notes
  • Exclusive artists meet-and-greet events (pending artists’ availability)
  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  • Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

  • VIP access to Directors Lounge and intermission receptions (pending availability)
  • Company logo on Northrop website event page with link to sponsor website
  • Season ticket discounts for employees and clients
  • Complimentary tickets to one Season event of choice
  • Acknowledgement as A Friend of Northrop

All sponsorships are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Northrop gratefully acknowledges support from

Anna M Heilmaier Foundation logo
Arts Midwest Touring Fund logo
Carlson Family Foundation logo
Innovative Office Solutions logo
Marbrook Foundation logo
National Endowment for the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts logo

We extend a special thank you to our event sponsors

PNC Bank logo
Graduate Minneapolis logo

Through mission-driven programming, Northrop is committed to cultivating intersections between performing arts and education and to use the boundless powers of arts and education to ignite transformation and inspire positive change. Support and collaboration from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community organizations help make extraordinary arts experiences accessible to everyone through outreach to diverse communities, rich and varied programming, and subsidized student tickets.

Black Grace master class at the U of M

With sponsors, community partners and donors, Northrop annually has:

  • Helped more than 400 families attend Dance Series performances through Project SUCCESS with free transportation, childcare, and tickets.
  • Welcomed more than 10,000 K-12 students with low-cost tickets to matinees. For many youth, these events are the students’ first exposure to professional dance.
  • Subsidized more than $20,000 in K-12 busing fees supporting more than 150 schools in providing a cultural experience for their students.
  • Offered more than 700 free admissions through smARTpass, the arts access program available through Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA), which invites users to broaden their cultural experiences beyond the library’s walls.
  • Provided more than 225 free tickets through Hope Kids to children with life-threatening illnesses, their families and caregivers for a special night out.
  • Engaged more than 400 University dance students and aspiring artists from surrounding communities through master classes with visiting choreographers and companies who share their expertise.
Black Grace student matinee 2020

Impact of Arts in Our Community

Minnesotans value arts and culture in their lives. More than 23 million Minnesotans attended arts and culture events in 2016, supporting an economic impact of $594 million in the arts and culture sector.
Studies show that Americans believe the arts:

  • Give communities identity and unity
  • Improve personal wellbeing
  • Provide meaning to citizen's lives
  • Offer a positive experience in a troubled world
  • Add value to the community

Impact of arts in education

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Research shows that children who study the arts

demonstrate stronger overall academic performance, helping to produce creative thinkers that employers need in an increasingly complex workforce.

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K-12 students involved with the arts

show higher levels of success in math and reading skills, and additional skills are strengthened in communication and problem-solving abilities.

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Exposure to the arts help K-12 students

improve ACT/SAT test scores, perform higher on standardized tests, and achieve higher GPAs. These students are less likely to drop out of school and 3 times more likely to receive a bachelor's degree in higher education.

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Both state and federal laws require K-12 schools to provide arts education

for students to foster a more well-rounded education.

    Source:

    • 2019 Report provided by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts through study results of 2016 by Creative MN.

    Your donations and support make a world of difference. Here are just some of the comments we heard from our artists, patrons, and partners in 2020.

    Swing Out dancers

    Comments from the Artists "Swing Out" Exchange

    “With an opportunity to make something virtual that reflects what the show Swing Out is, the answer is not a virtual show. The answer is not a video commission, the answer is something that cultivates community. I think this did a really good job of cultivating community, and not just cultivating community but growing community. I'm so, so grateful to meet so many new people and learn about so many different dimensions of the music and dance world through this.” (Caleb Teicher, choreographer, Swing Out Artist Exchange)

    “Five sessions is just so short…We felt like we were opening a new book or a new can each session…even though this is the end it feels like the absolute beginning of so much.” (Evite Arce, dancer, Swing Out Artist Exchange)

    “We ended up talking a lot about the history of the dance, and he told me the history of his dance and how in common they are and how they are on the same lineage…As a brown man to talk to to a black man about a lot of the things that are going on our society right now and inside of our dance communities individually, and how and what we plan to bring forward, it was very encouraging and enlightening. In many ways, it opened pathways for me as a dancer and as a human. It was really heartwarming and I definitely needed it.” (Mikey Pedroza, dancer, Swing Out Artist Exchange)

    One of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.” (Ron Wilkins, dancer, Swing Out Artist Exchange)

    The Northrop Advisory Board

    Jeff Bieganek

    Northrop’s 2022-23 Season promises to bring exquisite artists to our stage. I am excited to experience the amazing dance and music performances in the coming months. I hope you’ll enjoy this season and I encourage you to bring family and friends to share memorable experiences with you.

    I invite you to support Northrop’s programs, helping to shine bright lights on our stage. Please consider supporting the important work that Northrop is doing now and in the future to inspire positive change in our world. The Northrop Advisory Board is growing along with new opportunities to engage, if you are interested in learning more, please contact us at northrop@umn.edu

    I look forward to seeing you, soon, in the theater!

    Jeff Bieganek, Northrop Advisory Board Chair

    Contact Us

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    Northrop
    84 Church Street SE
    Suite 90
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

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    612-626-7554

    For questions about becoming a donor, and to learn more about making an impact with your donation, sponsorship, or other financial support of Northrop, please contact Director of Development Cynthia Betz at 612-626-7554 or betzx011@umn.edu.

    For information about sponsorship opportunities at Northrop, please contact Grants and Sponsorship Manager Danielle Robinson-Prater at 612-624-7652 or robi0297@umn.edu.