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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 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. The financial impact of COVID-19 on Northrop’s community and our entire performing arts industry has been immense. We are grateful to many of you who continue to support 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, especially now, to keep the arts alive 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
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  • 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
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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

Explore the many benefits of becoming a Friend of Northrop

Up to $99

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

$100+

  • Priority access to master class reservations

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

$250

  • Priority presale for in-person events

  • Priority access to master class reservations

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

$500+

  • Invitations to in-person and/or online/live stream open rehearsals and artist receptions (subject to availability)

  • One complimentary parking reservation for an in-person performance/event of your choice

  • Priority presale for in-person events

  • Priority access to master class reservations

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

$1,000 +

  • Special invitations to in-person or online pre-performance events

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

  • One “behind the scenes” visit to observe company class or closed rehearsal (subject to availability) 
    Invitations to in-person and/or online/live-stream open rehearsals and artist receptions (subject to availability)

  • One complimentary reserved parking for an in-person performance of your choice

  • Priority presale for in-person events

  • Priority access to master class reservations

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

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

  • Complimentary parking reservations for your subscription in-person performances at Northrop

  • Complimentary tickets for hosting guests to in-person events (subject to limits and availability)

  • Complimentary online/live-stream ticket for one Northrop Dance or Music Series performance to give as a gift

  • Invitations to private Directors dinners and artist welcoming events (subject to limits and availability)

  • Special invitations to in-person or online pre-performance events

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

  • One “behind the scenes” visit to observe company class or closed rehearsal (subject to availability)

  • Invitations to in-person and/or online/live stream open rehearsals and artist receptions (subject to availability)

  • One complimentary reserved parking for an in-person performance of your choice

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

  • Priority access to master class reservations 

  • Priority presale for in-person events

$5,000 + Director’s Circle

  • Discounted rental rates on any Northrop space (one reservation per season and subject to availability)

  • Complimentary parking reservations for your subscription in-person performances at Northrop

  • Complimentary tickets for hosting guests to in-person events (subject to limits and availability)

  • Complimentary online/live-stream ticket for one Northrop Dance or Music Series performance to give as a gift

  • Invitations to private Directors dinners and artist welcoming events (subject to limits and availability)

  • Special invitations to in-person or online pre-performance events

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

  • One “behind the scenes” visit to observe company class or closed rehearsal (subject to availability)

  • Invitations to in-person and/or online/live stream open rehearsals and artist receptions (subject to availability)

  • One complimentary reserved parking for an in-person performance of your choice

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

  • Priority access to master class reservations 

  • Priority presale for in-person events

$10,000 + Director’s Circle

  • Special recognition of donor's choice for one Northrop Dance or Music Series online/live stream or in-person performance. Options include but not limited to name included in curtain speech, name included in event information email to all ticket holders about performance, or name included on digital signage for event.

  • Discounted rental rates on any Northrop space (one reservation per season and subject to availability)

  • Complimentary parking reservations for your subscription in-person performances at Northrop

  • Complimentary tickets for hosting guests to in-person events (subject to limits and availability)

  • Complimentary online/live-stream ticket for one Northrop Dance or Music Series performance to give as a gift

  • Invitations to private Directors dinners and artist welcoming events (subject to limits and availability)

  • Special invitations to in-person or online pre-performance events

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

  • One “behind the scenes” visit to observe company class or closed rehearsal (subject to availability)

  • Invitations to in-person and/or online/live stream open rehearsals and artist receptions (subject to availability)

  • One complimentary reserved parking for an in-person performance of your choice

  • Recognition in performance programs on Northrop’s website

  • Priority access to master class reservations 

  • Priority presale for in-person events

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

$25,000+ Director’s Circle

David and Naomi Balto

$10,000+ Director’s Circle

Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
Curtis L Carlson Family Foundation
Robert Lunieski

$5,000+ Director’s Circle

Ellie Crosby, The Longview and Crosswols Foundations
Susan DeNuccio
Nancy Gossell
Richard Gregory
Marbrook Foundation

Jennifer Marrone and David Short
Gary A. Reetz
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Dr. Darlene Sholtis and Dr. Heino Beckmann

$2,500+ Director’s Circle

Jerry Artz
Gail and Stuart Hanson
Provost Karen Hanson and Dennis Senchuk
Randy Hartten and Ron Lotz
Shawn Monaghan and Greg Plotnikoff

Thomas and Conchy Morgan, In Memory of Sylvia and Henry Frisch 
Sandy Morris
Scarborough Fair Boutique
Sally and Kenneth Spence
Donald Williams and Pamela Neuenfeldt

$1,000+ Friends of Northrop

Karen Bachman
Frederick L. Betz, In Memory of James and Maren Stocke
Jeff Bieganek
Kurt and Susan Bjorklund, Dedicated to Silas and Victoria Ford
James Callahan
Deb Cran and Bob Craven
Bruce and Judith Hadler
Minhchau and Lawrence Harms

Dana and Lori Klimp
Gail and Jack Kochie
Sally and Richard Leider
Glenn Lindsey
Bob and Susanna McMaster
Lance Olson
Cory and Elizabeth Padesky
Kathryn Sedo and Scott Beers

$500+ Friends of Northrop

Jeanne Andre
Kathryn Cahill, In Honor of Ferne Rowland
Rob Carlson and Gregg Larson
John and Nancy Conlin
Jay and Page Cowles
Will and Ginny Craig
John and Mary Jean deRosier
George Ehrenberg
Bob and Nancy Erickson
Pat Gaarder
Jo-Ida Hansen
 

Tammylynne Jonas
David and Leni Moore Family Foundation
Rebekah Nagler
Derrill Pankow
David and Kathleen Rothenberger
Gordon Rouse and Sylvia Beach
Dale Schatzlein and Emily Maltz Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
Bonnie and Craig Sommerville
Richard Taylor
Jon Thomas
Michael Weinbeck
Mark and Carol Weitz

$250+ Friends of Northrop

Anonymous
Margaret Albrecht
Greg and Ann Allen
Ruth Alliband
Janice Apple
Alexandra Beaumont
Mark Bohnhorst and Mary Wahlstrand
R. and J. Cameron
Stephen Davis 
Robert Dufault and Ann Wilcox
Kristin Elizondo
Lorinda Fraboni
Richard Gwynne
William Hartup
Gayle Hjellming
Deborah Hennrikus
Candice Hern
Denise and Cory Holtz

Jan and Lance Johnson
Janet Johnson
Sharon Knopp
Miriam Kowarski
Daniel and Dianne Latham
Laura Lentz Landstad
Joan Liaschenko
Elise Linehan
Candy Lord
Holly MacDonald
Nancy MacGibbon
Carrie Madison
Kenneth and Judith Matysik
Howard Mooers and Kathleen Jones
Mark and Cecilia Morrow
Gordon Mosser
Gwen and Mason Myers
Shannon Nemer

Timothy Palmer
David Perlman
Ann Piotrowski
Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
John Reay
Mary Roberts and Edward Kraft
Judith Rohde
Phyllis Saltzman
Julia Sand
Buddy Scoggins and Kelly Schroeder
John and Susan Steffen
John Van Bogart
David Vanney and Catharine Ruther
Cheryl Wall
John and Kelly Wheaton
Roger Worm
Mark Wright and Elizabeth Walton
Lin Wyrick

$100+ Friends of Northrop

Anonymous
Melissa Albachten
Marcia Anderson
Louise Anderson
Linda Z Andrews
Conrado Aparicio-Badenas
Barbara Ashley
Rebecca Biderman and David Fraher
Sharon Bigot
Amy Briggs
Jessica Briggs
Nancy Brown
David Burton
Sharane Calabresa
Mark and Karena Casey
Karen Charles
Troy Couillard
Cynthia Crawford
Dee Ann and Kent Crossley
Catherine Day
Christy Dobbratz
Richard Duncan
Christina and Jacob Dunn
William Durfee and Devorah Goldstein
Stephen Elde and Amy Funk
Marcia and Berkan Endes
Susan Engel
Terry Farley
Mark Gilberstadt 
Magee Glenn Burns

Michelle Golden
Pamela and Robert Goldman
Annalee Gray
Birgit Grund
Nancy and Richard Haskin
Polina Hektner
Patricia Herrmann
Jay Huang
Debra Hughes
Glenda and Hugh Huston
Kimberly Hutchens
Edward and Julie Idzorek
Ramona Jacobs and Charles Christianson
Ann Jaede
Jeralyn Jargo
Helen and David Jensen
Robert Johns and Linda Hennum
Jennifer and Mark Johnson
Micki and Neil Kay
Warren and Patricia Kelly
Kelly Kemp
Karen Kirby
Randy Kish
Kate Kleckner
Frank Lambert
Laura Beth Landy
Eric Larson
Alan and Peggy Lathrop
Gabrielle Lawrence and Don Postema
Ross and Sally Legrand

Douglas and Elisabeth Lewis
Holly Manning
Candice and Gerald Matykowski
George and Orla McClure
Anne and Michael McInerney
Mary Ann McKenna
Elizabeth Messina
M Valeriana Moeller
Margaret Moutvic-Wasz
David Musolf
Jennifer and Jonathan Nelson
Rebecca Ness
Aaron Nesser
Kathryn Nettleman
Gene-Hua Ng
Ava and David Nielsen
Denis O’Pray
Donald Ofstedal
Field and Cynthia Olson
Barbara Owens
David Pace
Ann and Bill Parker
David and Mary Parker
Elizabeth Parker
Claudia Poser
Joe and Pat Pulice
Jacob Rabinowitz
Debra Reischl
Gail and Joel Roberts
Greta Blinn Rudolph
Charles and Jeanne Scheiderer

Jessica Schroeder
Thomas Scott
Doris Seely
Rebecca and John Shockley
Kari Schloner
Jan and Alan Sickbert
Mary Skelley
Carol Skinner
Roger Snyder
Jennifer Song
Patricia Stankovich
Cynthia Stone
Lynn Strehlow
Betsy Sylvester
Rodney and Carol Thompson
Barbara and Keith Thorkelson
Cindy Tong and Robert Denison
Susan Travis
Ertugrul and Karen Owens Tuzcu
Patti Wales
Melinda Ward
Cathy Westrum and Annelynn Westrum
Laura Wilson
Monica Winker-Bergstrom
Millie Woodbury
Kristine Wright
Anna Yurchenko
Michael Zimmerman
Margaret Zoerhoff

Anonymous
Joyce Albers
Eric Anderson
Sarah Anthony
Gail Armbrust
Michael Austin
Habiby Aydin
Veronika Bachanova
Todd Barton
Austin Beatty
Betty Biernat and JC Paulet
Michael Blomberg
Angella Boettcher
Jason Borah
Mary Boyer
Reginald and Susan Boyle
Clifford Brody
Justin Burke
Thomas Cabaniss
Mary Campbell
Deborah Carlson
Kate Carson
JaNan Cavaaugh
Oscar Chamberlain
Fay Chang
Karen Charles
Deborah Clendenning
Janet Conn
Beverly Connolly
Charlotte Curry
Neal Cuthbert and Louise Robinson
Emily Dail
Andre Delattre
Sher DeMeter
Dana Dimit
Mary Doyscher
Nancy Duffy
Alisa Eland

Susan Elsner
Robert Ferguson and Carol Swenson
Salvatore Franco
Wendy Friede
Kirk Froggart
Frieda Gardner
Katherine Gibney
John and Joanne Gordon
Nancy Gossen
Michael Green and Jane Powers
Jane Greenberg
Urbae Hall
Marcia Hammond
Amy Handelsman
Marylee Hardenbergh
Jim Hartmann
Cari Hatcher
Joyce and Eugene Haselmann
Christina Herzog
Kurt Hollender
Michael Hull
Jay Jaffee and Wendy Friede
Karen Jeanette
Yin Jiang and Xiaoping Guo
Kenyon Johanson
Robert Johnson
Karen and Barry Johnson
Jonathan Junker
Aseem Kaul
Milo Kim
Martin Kokes
Farhad Kosari
Arnold Kvam
Roberta Lamps
Rose Mary and William Larson
Linda Leamer
Erik Lee

Jennifer and William Neujahr
Libby Nickel
Nina Norum
James and Sarah Novotny
Sandra Olson
Lynn O’Neal
John Opsahl
Matthew Peak
Christina Peterson
Cathy Poff
Claudia Poser and Ronald Ofstead
James Potter
Nancy Price
Bridget Reddan
Mark Rekow and Lynn Mader
Piper Ritter
Yvonne Rode
Susan Rose
Jane Rosemarin and Val Landwehr
Thomas Rosen
Thomas Ryan
Makie Sanchez
Rebecca Scherpelz
Reka Leeaphon
Patricia Lefebvre
Elizabeth Ler
Suzanne Levi
Michelle and Kevin Lian-Anderson
Kristine Loh
Dianne and Don MacLennan
Kimberley MacLennan
Kyle Maltz
Zarah Mamun
Kathryn Manger
Judy Marcouiller
Alexandra Mentes
Margaret Michaelson
Timothy and Mary Miley

Eric Molho
Daniel Moore
James Moore
Ayaka Moriyama
Nadia Muhamad Rashid
Chuck Munro
Shinji Muro
Lisa Murray
Amy Nelson Sander
Lloyd Nestrud
Kris Schmitt
Robin Schow
Cynthia Sharon
Michael and Tara Sime
Edward Skelly
Kathleen Stanley
Nanette Stearns
Kate Stolpman
George Swan
Toni Taylor
Jeffrey Teeple
Mark Ten Eyck and LaRaye Osborne
Mary Teurman
Connor Theisen
Arthur Troedson
Brandon Ure
Alla Valdberg
William Venne and Douglas Kline
John Vilandre
Brian and Katherine Weitz
Andrew Welken
Ellena and Gregory Weyandt
Allison Wickler
Anne Wiltscheck
Susan Wiste
Mary Jo Zidwick
Mary Zilge

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.

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Pat Andrle
J. Michael Barone
Fred and Cynthia Betz, In Honor of Esther Stocke
Joyce Brown
Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
Dean Billmeyer
Francis Carter
Dee Ann and Kent Crossley
Sheena Dufresne
Laura and Tim Edman
Peter Fiore
Deborah Ford

Salvatore Franco
Reid Froiland
Maiken Givot
Nils and Heather Halker
Thomas Hanna
Anna Iltis
Helen and David Jensen
Charlie Johnson
Susan Keljik
Mark Kieffer
Peter Lund
Chia-Hsing Pi

Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
Daniel Moore
Pamela Neuenfeldt and Don Williams
Connie Schuelka
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Nancy Shallcross
Paul Stever
Curtis Trout
John Vilandre
Michael Volna
Carolyn Wahl
Nancy Wellington

This season’s listing is current as of 01/19/21.
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

Arts Midwest Touring Fund logo
Carlson Family Foundation logo
Marbrook Foundation logo
New England Foundation for the Arts logo

We extend a special thank you to our event sponsors

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)

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    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.