So we learned last night at a swelegant announcement ceremony put on by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation at the James J. Hill Center that the Snowblower Ballet is one of the winners of a Knight Arts Challenge Grant.
The grant funds “the best ideas for engaging and enriching St. Paul through the arts.” It makes me proud to be living in a Knight city and working at a former Knight newspaper.
The fund will provide more than $34,000 from Knight to help pay for an orchestra, dancers, a choreographer, a venue, a videographer, sound system, and of course, and snowblowers, provided we can get matching funds. Snowblower ballets do not come cheap, and Knight’s main goal is artistic excellence.
We also got this swell plaque.
But we also feel a bit like Robert Redford in “The Candidate” after he won the election. What have we gotten ourselves into?
I think what we do now is to ask for your help and support, especially when it comes to raising matching funds. Please contact us if you’d like to make a tax deductible donation or would like to be a sponsor or know someone who would to be a sponsor of a uniquely Minnesotan event capable of capturing the imagination of the public and a potential national media audience. Our plan is to stage The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet presented by Your Name Here in the week leading up to Super Bowl LII at the end of January 2018. Watch this space for details. Follow us on Twitter @Snoblowerballet.