A Year of Resilience
In 2020, Arts Midwest celebrated its 35th anniversary. For 35 years, we have served artists, audiences, and arts organizations across our region and beyond. We have produced tours and exhibitions, supported arts leaders, and brought communities together to experience creativity.
We reached this anniversary milestone in a year that was like no other in our history. Communities across the world are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts organizations and artists have been deeply impacted by shuttered venues, travel restrictions, and social distancing. And in May of 2020, the city of Minneapolis, where Arts Midwest is headquartered, became the epicenter of a long- overdue racial justice awakening catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd in the hands of the police.
The work needed to rebuild and renew the creative sector is humbling. Yet the resilience of our region inspires us in this time of unprecedented difficulty. People are drawing on art and creativity to heal, connect, and move forward.
Strong communities need strong partners. For this recovery to succeed, we must work together to renew and rebuild. Arts Midwest is committed to supporting a creative and equitable Midwest – now and for the next 35 years.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.
| Torrie Allen |
President & CEO
| Peter Capell |
Design by Nupolitan (Fargo, ND)
Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives
Based in Minneapolis, we grow, gather, and invest in creative organizations and communities throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and beyond.
We commit to centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in our operations, programs, and relationships.
We believe Midwestern art and creativity are essential to the well-being and vibrancy of communities.
We work hard to connect, support, and honor the people and places that compose our region.
We share what we learn with Midwestern artists and arts organizations to support them in being more visible, resilient, and sustainable.
We believe we are doing our best work when we listen and respond with empathy, humility, and authenticity.
Arts Midwest was created from the merger of two regional arts organizations
Launched the Jazz Program, a large-scale effort encouraging and recognizing jazz music and musicians
Created the Minority Arts Administration Fellowship and welcomed five inaugural fellows
Hosted the first annual Arts Midwest Conference in Minneapolis, MN
Began a 21-year partnership with artists and cultural leaders in China
Launched the first season of World Fest, which has since toured 33 international ensembles to 76 Midwestern communities
Partnered with the Arts Endowment to distribute recovery grants during the Great Recession
Launched Creating Connection, a research and training initiative that helps arts leaders deepen community relevance
Click the circles to read stories from the year
2021 Annual Report
Hearing from the field
Creative CityMaking Creative Respond Fund
United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund
Arts Midwest Conference
World Fest Goes the Distance
Thank you to our partners and supporters
Government + State Arts Agencies
Corporations + Foundations
July 1, 2019 to present
|Anonymous Donor*||Luanne Fondell||Lynn Lucius||Anne Romens and Christopher Hill|
|Veronica Ahern||David Fraher||Emma Lumsden||Jennifer Ross|
|Torrie Allen||Claire Frederick||Marc Lyon||Laura Ross|
|Julie Amsberry||Alison Mara Friedman||Alex Mallett||Sara Rowley|
|Emily Anderson and Danaca Booth||Jeannette Gardner||Emily Maltz and Jean-Michel Artigaud*||Omari Rush|
|Larry Baill and Susan Colby||Judy Gaviser||Sheila and Joe Markley||Abby and Orin Rutchick|
|Mr. Jordan Bandy||Margaret Genovese||Lee Marks||Mukta Sathe|
|Lemuel Bardeguez||Tanya MB Gertz||Kymm and Ivan Martinez||Sandra Schoeder|
|Jack and Kathleen Barlow||Teresa Glasgow||David Mayeri||Mary Margaret Schoenfeld and David Low|
|Catherine Barnett||Karen and Norman Goeschko||Sarah McCarthy||Darr Schreurs|
|Flávia Bastos and Larry Huston||Brian Goesl||Peg McDonald||Dana Setterholm and Antonio Spargo|
|Marc Baylin||Anne Gossett||Barbara McLaughlin*||Kathleen Sewell|
|Jodi Beach and Jim McDowell||Emily Gutknecht||Colleen McLaughlin||Emily Stiehl|
|Alan Becker||Clay and Sandy Haapala||Rene and Christoph Meyer-Grimberg||Beth Strachan|
|Ragnar Berthling||Ken and Catherine Haarstad||Charlotte Michalski||Kitty Strauss and Dick Rosenthal|
|Rebecca Biderman||Dave Haist||Tod Minnich||Nico Taranovsky and Sharon Preves|
|Anne Black||Lindsay Hanson||Joel Mintzer and Heidi Schneider||Tammy Tesky Ausen*|
|Emma Bohmann||Alex Hargis, dedicated to Gracie girl, Evie cat and Lucasaurus||Bonnie Monte||Anna Thompson|
|Brian and Kaija Bonde||Nancy Harold||Bonnie Morris and Dean Holzman||Brian Tiemann|
|Ruth Brennan||Matthew Harris||Michael and Marci Moses||Megan and Ryan Torkelson|
|Joi A. Brown||Stacy Harrison||Ms. Daniela Muller||George and Maria Tzougros|
|Chelsea Brown and Brandon Herz||Steve Heath||Daniel Murphy||Angela and Grant Urbanz|
|Ann Brusky||Janet Herman Barlow||Chaitra Nagaraja||Diane Veale, in honor of LuCille V Tack|
|Peter Capell||Stan and Jane Hooper||Alexandra Nicholis Coon||Michael Vinson|
|Ken Carlson and Lara Roberts||Alana Horton||Jenny Palmer||Jan Virgin|
|Susan Chalmers Gauvin||Craig Howe, in memory of Philip Allen||Michael Pangburn||Greg Volan and Katarina Topalov|
|Susan Chandler||Victoria Hutter||Joseph Patti||Saymoukda Vongsay, in memory of Sanouthith Vongsay|
|Richard Chandler and Heidi Pankoke||Yumi Inomata and Karl H. Nilsson*||Ashleigh Penrod||Jo and Bob Wagner|
|Tony L. Chauveaux||Yumi Inomata, in memory of Juro Inomata||Adam Perry||Stanley Wai and Gayle Jorgens|
|Libby Chiu||Linda E. Johnson||Jasper Person||Melissa Wales|
|Sandra Clark||Brenda Lee Johnston||Mary Pickard||Matthew Wallace|
|Nina Clark||Joshua Kane||Rhoda Pierce||Ginger Warner|
|Donna Collins||Sylvia Kaufman||Steve and Arlene Pine||Alison Watson|
|Alex Cousins||Bob and Fay Kay||Mollie Quinlan-Hayes||Janine Webb|
|Loann Crane||Moira Keane and Thomas L. Romens||Ashwini Ramaswamy||Jim Weiner|
|Joshua Davis-Ruperto||Thomas Keegan||Angela Ramey||Alexis Wesling|
|Leni De Mik||Grace Kelmer||Kirk Randolph||Todd Wetzel|
|Shantel Dow||Jill and Bill Klanderman||Leslie Rapp||Chris Widdess|
|Steve Duchrow and Janet Berkes||Margot H Knight||Jane and John Rasmussen||Anya Wilkening|
|Darlene Dulitz||Jeff Laramie – SRO Artists||Barbara Rawley and Dan Nordby||Sally Windle|
|Craig Dunn*||Andrea Larsen and Bill Youmans||Kyle Ridout||Pernille Wollan|
|Kat Duvic||Daniel Lawrence||Jonathan Riehle and Angela M. Bohmann||Kyoko Yoshida|
|Susan Feder and Todd Gordon||Wayne Lawson||Barbara S. Robinson|
|Marlene Feldman||Sherri Leathers||Betsy Roder|
|Ken and Penny Fischer||Irene Lee, The Mystical Arts of Tibet||Sharon Rodning Bash|
|Gerry Foley||Patti Liberatore||Eric R. Rogers|
* Donations given in honor of Colleen McLaughlin