The snow isn’t here yet, but you can still see music and dance

It will be a while before the St. Paul Snowblower Ballet will be throwing snow.

We’ve first got to raise funds to match the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant (ask us how you can help!), and design a show, assemble snowblowers, decide on music, costumes and dozens of other details.

A preview version of the ballet is planned this February on White Bear Lake as part of the Art Shanty Projects. But the full program isn’t planned until the end of January 2018.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t see the artists that will be performing in the Snowblower Ballet right now.

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra recently told two love stories in its concert with “A Few Words About Chekhov” by Dominick Argento and “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff.

Argento, Composer Laureate of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, skipped watching the Vikings game to attend the concert at St. Phillip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth and say a few words about his work.

And here’s what “Scheherazade” sounded like in rehearsal and performance under the baton of conductor William Schrickel.

The MSO will be back on the stage January 29 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in St. Paul with a happy birthday concert tribute to John Williams. Star Wars!

And this weekend you can see our other artistic partner, St. Paul Ballet, perform its “Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker” by ballet artistic director Zoé Emilie Henrot.

Performances are Dec. 2-4 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul with new visual works by scenic designer Anne Henly.

Without these artists, the Snowblower Ballet would just be a catchy idea.


What we’re thankful for this week: You

We’re thankful to you for reading, for donating money, for just being excited by the idea of a Snowblower Ballet. Although we’re a new project, we were humbled and touched by your support on Give to the Max Day.

We’ve still got a long way to go to match the grant offered to us in the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge, but we’re grateful that you’re joining us on this journey to bring free beauty, art and fun to St. Paul next winter.

If you missed Give to the Max Day, you can still support us. You can donate by clicking on that green button below. Because we’re an Arts Incubator project fiscally sponsored by Springboard for the Arts, any donation is tax deductible.

The Snowblower Ballet | GiveMN

We’re also starting our search for corporate sponsors. Contact us if you know of an organization that would like to be associated with bringing a joyful, attention-getting, uniquely Minnesotan event to the Twin Cities. We can be reached at or at 651-336-6975.

Thanks again and happy Thanksgiving.

We need your help to make the snow fly

The Snowblower Ballet has two non-profit fiscal sponsors. One is the Miami Foundation and the other is Springboard For the Arts based in St. Paul.

That means your donations to the Snowblower Ballet are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

And we need your help. Even though we’re a recipient of a grant award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Arts Challenge,  we won’t get any of the funds unless we match the grant with donations from the community.

The funds will be used to rent a venue, pay for dancers, a choreographer and an orchestra, hire a videographer and drone pilot and get the snowblowers, shovels and costumes that will be used in this free, fun, joyful and beautiful performance for the community.

Which is where you come in. Under the incubator program in the Springboard for the Arts, we have a fund set up on GiveMN where you can contribute. Just click on that green logo right here:

The Snowblower Ballet | GiveMN

Or you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Snowblower Ballet Fund set up for us at the Miami Foundation here.

Finally, you can donate by a check made out to The Miami Foundation, 40 NW 3rd St., Suite 305, Miami, FL 33128. Be sure to write the “Snowblower Ballet Fund” on the memo line.

Interested in making an in-kind donation of goods or services? We’ll need everything from snow shovels to earflap hats for ballerinas to help with accounting.

Contact us at 651-336-6975 or drop us a line if you’d like to know more about how to help out.


We’re in the Art Shanty Projects

shanty1The announcement just came out naming the performers at this winter’s Art Shanty Projects, the village of artist-built ice fishing houses that will be erected on White Bear Lake in February.

The performers at the frozen festival include an interactive create-a-play-on-a-bus show, a flamenco dance performance, an ArtCar and ArtBike parade, winter plein air painting and the Snowblower Ballet!

Our part of the Art Shanty Projects will be a preview version of an even bigger Snowblower Ballet — men, machines and flying snow! —  that we’re planning at the end of January 2018 on Harriet Island in St. Paul.

We’ve also gotten news that Springboard for the Arts, a St. Paul nonprofit arts service organization, has approved the Snowblower Ballet as one of their sponsored projects. That means you can make donations to our project through Springboard and contributions will be tax deductible!

We’ll have a fundraising page set up soon on

Watch this space, or contact us at if you’d like to get involved.