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.


Minnesota Orchestra swaps big concerts for free summer shows

In August, the orchestra will play 24 free chamber music shows outside on Peavey Plaza for concertgoers with tickets to the nixed indoor concerts.


Radio host agitates for change while elevating Black artistry

Garrett McQueen knocks a few "old, dead white men" off their pedestals while elevating Black artistry.


After George Floyd, Minnesota fights racism with free books and films

Minnesota libraries, publishers offer anti-racist titles.


Two Minnesota book artists get a boost from a new $25K award

With a new award, the book arts — which involve printing and stitching and folding and binding — are getting their due. Minnesota artists Paula…


Zooming into an uncertain future, Minnesota's arts leaders forge a new alliance

The on-screen boxes multiply and suddenly, there are dozens of directors of Minnesota arts organizations in a single Zoom room. It’s an unlikely group. Museum…


Twin Cities museums aim to reopen as soon as next weekend

Bakken plans to open June 20 while Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center are aiming for mid-July.


Bill Gossman dies at 67: An artist in clay, he left his fingerprints on the town of New London, Minnesota

Bill Gossman had a way with clay. Whistling, he’d dig his thumbs into a big hunk of it and, in minutes, form it into an…


Springboard for the Arts is saving Minnesota's arts scene, $500 at a time

The St. Paul nonprofit uses "lots of little" to make big change in a crisis through its emergency relief fund.


Has summer been canceled? Minnesotans in mourning as cancellations add up

Minnesotans mourn as cancellations take a toll on our short, sweet season.


Reversing decision to postpone, Twin Cities Pride will go online with a virtual parade

  Twin Cities Pride is moving its parade, party and booths online. It’s hoping crowds will follow. The nonprofit will announce Friday a…