Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reaching All Learners Workshop

Attention teaching artists: looking for best practices in working with students with disabilities? Check out this affordable opportunity this summer presented by two of our community partners: VSA Minnesota and Perpich Center for Arts Education. For more information, visit

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Ordway Announces 2013 Sally Award Winners

As reported by Broadway World, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced the recipients of the 2013 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. Now in its 22nd year, the Sally Awards honor extraordinary achievement in the visual, performing and literary arts.
photo of a woman wearing a black hat with a serious look on her face.
Elizabeth Jaakola
The 2013 Sally Award winners are:
EDUCATION: Elizabeth Jaakola
INITIATIVE: Kristine Sorensen
COMMITMENT: James Samuel "Cornbread" Harris Sr.
ARTS ACCESS: MacPhail Online
VISION: Franconia Sculpture Park

The Sally Awards are a living tribute to the vision of Sally Ordway Irvine, who mobilized the community to support her dream of a new performing arts center in downtown Saint Paul. The awards are presented annually to honor individuals and institutions that strengthen and enrich Minnesota with their commitment to the arts, arts education and arts access. Throughout the past two decades, the Ordway has been privileged to honor more than 80 outstanding artists, administrators, volunteers and organizations through these awards.

This year's Sally Awards were dedicated to the memory of Sue McLean, the Twin Cities' legendary concert promoter who was instrumental in conceiving and promoting signature events such as Music in the Zoo, Live at the Guthrie and the Basilica Block Party.
The 2013 Sally Award recipients were selected by a committee consisting of Ordway representatives, the 2012 Sally Award recipients, Minnesota State Arts Board and media representatives, and other leaders from the Minnesota arts and cultural community. The 2013 Sally Awards program is supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Public Radio and Saint Paul Hotel.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPCPA Guest Columnist

 Eli Newell, a senior at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts (SPCPA), wrote a guest column for the Pioneer Press about the role the arts have plaYed in his life. In it, he calls out the Flint Hills International Children's Festival as one of his favorites. We're honored to be a part of your journey, Eli!

Read what he had to say here: