ACHF Arts Access
Present world-class performances to diverse Minnesota audiences in collaboration with community partners. Through curatorial process and creative engagement strategies, Northrop creates partnerships with a breadth of community partners ensuring that major performance events featuring artists of the highest caliber are available to an expansive section of the community. 2: Provide access for new audiences by responding to, curating for, and eliminating the participation barriers of underserved communities. Northrop offers free tickets for underserved groups, meaningful engagement through partnerships, transportation and childcare when possible, artist and project selection reflecting local cultural diversity, and activities that welcome new audiences.
With community partners, Northrop presented eleven world-class dance companies, twelve music performances, and ten weeks of grand reopening arts programming. By co-creating with community partners, Northrop provided 2,500 free tickets, transportation, and outreach activities to underserved audiences. Outreach work included Women of Substance residency program for middle/high school girls featuring artistic workshops, mentorship as well as community workshops for performances such as Shanghai ballet and Wayne McGregor.
Other, local or private
General operating support
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Gretchen Boyum: Gallery manager, Kaddatz Gallery; Fergus Falls Public Arts commissioner; Melissa Brechon: Retired library director, Carver County Library System; board member, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council; Jessica Briggs: Arts administration and arts/culture nonprofit consultant; Nolita Christensen: Marketing and operations consultant, Great North Show Providers; Suzzanne Kelley: Managing editor and codirector, New Rivers Press, Moorhead; Janis Lane-Ewart: Long-time arts administrator; most recently executive director of KFAI, Fresh Air Radio; Peter Pellinen: Founder, Small Parts Players; working to renovate the historic Lyric Theatre, Virginia; Elizabeth Richardson: Long-time arts administrator; former marketing director, Mixed Blood Theatre; Walter Zakahi: Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato