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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 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
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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
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.

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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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

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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+

Curtis L Carlson Family Foundation
Robert Lunieski
Jennifer Marrone and David Short

$5,000+

Jerry Artz
Ellie Crosby, The Longview and Crosswols Foundations
Richard Gregory
Gail and Stuart Hanson
Randy Hartten and Ron Lotz
Marbrook Foundation
Gary A. Reetz

$2,500+

Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
Susan DeNuccio
Nancy Gossell
Shawn Monaghan and Greg Plotnikoff

Thomas and Conchy Morgan, In Memory of Sylvia and Henry Frisch 
RBC Wealth Management
Scarborough Fair Boutique
Donald Williams and Pamela Neuenfeldt

$1,000+

Anonymous
Frederick L. Betz
Jeff Bieganek
Kurt and Susan Bjorklund, Dedicated to Silas and Victoria Ford
Deb Cran and Bob Craven
Bruce and Judith Hadler
Karen Hanson and Dennis Senchuk
Minhchau and Lawrence Harms

Gail and Jack Kochie
Sally and Richard Leider
Glenn Lindsey
Bob and Susanna McMaster
Medtronic Foundation
Tim and Gayle Ober
Kathryn Sedo and Scott Beers

$500+

Margaret Albrecht
Jeanne Andre
Mary Benson
Kathryn Cahill, In Honor of Ferne Rowland
R. and J. Cameron
Rob Carlson and Gregg Larson
John and Nancy Conlin
Will and Ginny Craig
Fran Davis
Stephen Davis and L Murray Thomas
Meghan DeBruycker Legacy Fund-Willmar Area Community Foundation
Bob and Nancy Erickson
Jo-Ida Hansen

Brian Lammers and Emily Knox
Barbara and Jeffrey Land
David and Leni Moore Family Foundation
Mark and Cecilia Morrow
Gwen and Mason Myers
Rebekah Nagler
Lance Olson
Derrill Pankow
Dale Schatzlein and Emily Maltz Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
Richard Taylor
TCF Foundation
John Wald and Marianne Remedios
Mark and Carol Weitz

$250+

Anonymous
Elissa Adams and Michael Margulies
Janice Apple
George Ehrenberg
Pat Gaarder
Denise and Corey Holtz
Barry and Karen Johnson
Jan and Lance Johnson
Jennifer and Mark Johnson
Candy Lord
Holly MacDonald

Elizabeth Parker
Ann Piotrowski
Patricia and Joseph Pulice
Judith Rohde
Gordon Rouse and Sylvia Beach
Catharine Ruther and David Vanney
Phyllis Saltzman
Kathleen Schou
Dr. Darlene Sholtis and Dr. Heino Beckmann
John and Kelly Wheaton
Mark Wright and Elizabeth Walton

$100+

Paul Aslanian
Thomas and Jill Barland
Sharon Bigot
Jeanne Blaskowski
David Braslau
Kristen Brogdon
Mark and Karena Casey
Russell Cowles
Virginia Dale
Sandra Dale
Timothy and Judith Dove
William Durfee and Devorah Goldstein
Marcia and Berkan Endres
Richard Gwynne
David and Julie Hartung
Joyce and Eugene Haselmann
Annemarie Herrlich
Patricia Herrmann
Christina Herzog
Gayle Hjellming

Kimberly Hutchens
Janet Johnson
Tovio Kallas and Beatrice Holton
Micki and Neil Kay
Warren and Patricia Kelly
Randy Kish
Christina Kraft and Nelson Capes
Alan and Peggy Lathrop
James and Sharon Lewis
Barbara Lind and Craig Poeschl
Kimberley MacLennan
Holly Manning
Candice and Gerald Matykowski
Kenneth and Judith Matysik
George and Orla McClure
Margaret Moutvic-Wasz
David Musolf
Michael and Lisa Nekich
Jenine Nordquist
Donald Ofstedal

Field and Cynthia Olson
David Pace
David and Mary Parker
Jacob Rabinowitz
Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
John Reay and Karen Hanson
Bridget and David Reddan
Julia Sand
Kari Schloner
Dan Sheehan
John Shreves
Jan and Alan Sickbert
Jon Thomas
Cindy Tong and Robert Denison
Ertugrul and Karen Owens Tuzcu
John Van Bogart
Cheryl Wall
Michael Weinbeck
Cathy Westrum and Annelynn Westrum
Monica Winker-Bergstrom
Millie Woodbury
Roger Worm

Atashi Acharya
Kent Akervik
Gerald and Georgianna Allan
Arthur and Charlet Allen
Jean Anderson
Marcia Anderson
Michael and Jessica Austin
Kevin and Shirley Arms
Peter Bartholome
Todd Barton
Austin Beatty
Michael Blomberg
Jason Borah
Mary Boyer
Kathryn Bredemus
Philip Briggs
Clifford Brody
Nancy Brown
Justin Burke
Thomas Cabaniss
Patricia Cagle
Mary Campbell
Philippe Catalan
JaNan Cavanaugh
Fay Chang
Karen Charles
Mary Ann and Stephen Chicoine
David and Nancy Claussen
Deborah Clendenning
Beverly Connolly
Jeanne and David Cornish
Scott Cragle
Charlotte Curry
Neal Cuthbert and Louise Robinson
Cynthia Daggett
Emily Dail
Andre Delattre
Soleil Des Lauriers
Cindy Devoy
Vicki Donatell
Byron Douglass
Robert Dufault and Ann Wilcox
Nancy Duffy
Lee Dunn
Jill and Ralph Dupslaff
Alisa Eland
Kristin Elizondo
Susan Elsner
Barbara and Gerald Erickson
Tamara Eristavi
Valerie Fazedin

Elizabeth Fleck
Debra and Phillip Ford
Judith Franklin
Kirk Froggart
Candance Gossen
Michael Green and Jane Powers
Jane Greenberg
Amanda Grimm and Steven Pope
Kathy Gremillion
Julie Hagemann
Nils and Heather Halker
Urbae Hall
Amy Handelsman
Jim Hartmann and Michelle Miles
Jean Haskell
Cari Hatcher
Deborah Hennrikus
Patrick and Kimberley Higgins
John Hofstede
Janet Horvath
Ramona Jacobs and Charles Christianson
Karin Jacobson and Adam Chapweske
Ann Jaede
Jay Jaffee and Wendy Friede
Bill Jones
Michael Kanner
Anna Kerben
Cassandra Kiehn
Milo Kim
Nancy Klausner
Amy Kosari
Connie Kuhn
Arnold Kvam
Roberta Lamps
Carol Larson
Linda Leamer
Kathryn LeFevere
Jane Leonard and Lori Lippert
Elizabeth Ler
Debra Lex
Michelle and Kevin Lian-Anderson
Kathryn Lien
Kristine Loh
Ann Loushine-Thomsen

Marcelienne and Roger Lundquist
Dianne and Don MacLennan
Kyle Maltz
Kathryn Manger
Judy Marcouiller
Nancy Marcy
Cynthia Marsh and C.W. Vandersluis
Susan McNamara
Margaret Michaelson
Sanjay Mishra
Jill Mitchell
M Valeriana Moeller
Eric Molho
Karen Moon
Daniel Moore
James Moore
Ayaka Moriyama
Summer Morrison
Ann Mosey
Chuck Munro
Bridget Murphy
Amy Nelson Sander
Lloyd Nestrud
Jennifer and William Neujahr
Libby Nickel
Linda and Larry Nielsen
Nina Norum
James and Sarah Novotny
Kristine Olson
Sandra Olson
Lynn O’Neal
Barbara Owens
Nicolas Paredes Sepulveda
Ann and Bill Parker
Judith Parr
Helen Paul
Mike Payer
Matthew Peak
Christina Peterson
Edward Peterson
Greg and Rebecca Phelan
Holly Pike and Joseph Klein
Cathy Poff
Claudia Poser and Ronald Ofstead
James Potter
Nancy Price
Rebecca Quaid

Mark Rekow and Lynn Mader
Melanie Richards
Mary Roberts and Edward Kraft
Piper Ritter
Susan Roberts
Robyne Robinson
Yvonne Rode
Susan Rohde
Susan Rose
Irina Rukina
Makie Sanchez
Edward Sarnoski
Rebecca Scherpelz
Robin Schow
Cynthia Sharon
Elizabeth Sharpe 
Michele and Chris Shepherd
Rebecca and John Shockley
Kevin Silverstein and Karen Tang
Carol Skinner
Emily Soltis
Patricia Stankovich
Kathleen Stanley
Nanette Stearns
Kate Stolpman
Vicki Strahan
George Swan
Toni Taylor
Marie-Luise and Anita Teigen
Ivette Tejeda
Connor Theisen
Nancy Tykwinski
Brandon Ure
Alla Valdberg
Ann Van de Winckel
Frank Van Tongeren
Brian and Katherine Weitz
Andrew Welken
Helen and Paul Wells
Curtis West
Susan Wiste
Allie Wolf
Rachel Wolff
Winifred Wu and Robert Lund
Mary Zilge
Margaret Zoerhoff
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.

Anonymous
Reade Adams
Katherine Anderson
Terry and Vicki Anderson
Pat Andrl
J. Michael Barone
Karen and Alan Beck
Mark Bergaas and Mark Ceilley
Carol Bessler
Fred and Cynthia Betz, In Honor of Esther Stocke
Dean Billmeyer
Joyce Brown
Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
Francis Carter
James Commander
Scott Cragle
William and Virginia Craig
Dee Ann and Kent Crossley
Thomas Dillon
Sheena Dufresne
Laura and Tim Edman
David Fiebiger
Peter Fiore
Catherine Fischer
Deborah Ford
Susan Foster
Salvatore Franco
Judith Franklin

Reid Froiland
Maiken Givot
Karen Grasmon
Marilyn Haight
Nils and Heather Halker
Thomas Hanna
Jeffrey Helgerson
Helen Hillstrom
Janet Hively
Anna Iltis
Charlie Johnson
Susan Keljik
Mark Kieffer
Joseph Kuznik
Arnold Kvam
Carol Leach
Kristin Lefferts
James Lehmann
Kathryn Lien
Ronald Low
Peter Lund
Stephanie McDonald
Alfred and Ann Moore
Daniel Moore
Darcia Narvaez
Paul Nasvik
Pamela Neuenfeldt and Don Williams
Don Notvik

Steve Oakley
Paul Olsen
Steve Panizza
Robert Paschke
Daniel Peterson
David and Margaret Peterson
Chia-Hsing Pi
Jane Rosemarin and Val Lardwehr
Bruce Schelske
Connie Schuelka
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
John Sebolt
Nancy Shallcross
Rebecca and John Shockley
Foster Solem
Chris Solheid
Laurine Speltz and Denis Ryono
Richard Steege
Paul Stever
William Tajibnapis
Nicole Thomas
Curtis Trout
John Vilandre
Michael Volna
Nancy Wellington
​​​​​​​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 09/17/21.
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
National Endowment for the Arts
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)

    The Northrop Advisory Board

    Jeff Bieganek

    Northrop’s 2021-22 Season promises to bring exquisite artists to our stage. I am excited to experience the performances and events planned for this season that include the newly commissioned works, co-presentations with our partners in the Twin Cities arts community, and multiple premieres of pieces never seen before in this region. I hope you’ll enjoy this season and I invite you to bring family and friends to share memorable experiences with you.

    As we begin this season and look to the future, 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

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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.