Reporter | Arts and Culture

Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter.

Before joining the Star Tribune's arts and entertainment team, she covered regional and breaking news as an enterprise reporter, spotting emerging issues and intriguing characters. Her favorite stories on that beat seemed to involve big lakes: the winter surfing scene on Lake Superior, the longtime teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on Lake of the Woods. She has also covered higher education and suburban news for the newspaper.


Richard Cisek, who helped put the Minnesota Orchestra in the big leagues, dies at 92

Cisek oversaw the construction of Orchestra Hall, the creation of Sommerfest and the hiring of sought-after guest conductors.


St. Paul Chamber Orchestra suspends livestream concerts due to 'rampaging' COVID

The move comes two weeks after the nonprofit canceled a performance after someone directly involved with the livestream tested positive for the virus.


This CSA box will contain art, not veggies, as St. Paul nonprofit revives pioneering program

Springboard for the Arts revives pioneering artist-share program.


For famed Minneapolis artist Alec Soth, the mail delivered an unlikely friendship

A correspondence with a prison inmate yields a book, and much more.


People's Laundry volunteers wash and mend clothes for people living in Minneapolis encampments

For months, the People's Laundry has had a simple aim: to wash clothes for folks who could use the help.


Meet the artist behind an iconic George Floyd mural and Prince's gold star

George Floyd's death reframed the life of longtime Minneapolis artist Peyton Scott Russell.


In Minnesota study, U's engineers try to orchestrate a return to concerts

The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Orchestra to study aerosols, with hopes of getting musicians back on stage.


Author Sarah M. Broom made childhood home into something much bigger in 'The Yellow House'

Talking Volumes guest rebuilt "The Yellow House" as a metaphor of America.


Minnesota Orchestra musicians agree to 2-year contract extension, 25% pay cut

Two-year contract extension reverses cuts after a year if whole orchestra begins performing for a full audience.


Ramsey County jail inmate died of apparent natural causes

Nurses and correctional officers tried lifesaving measures, but paramedics pronounced the 38-year-old dead.