Reporter | Arts and Culture

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.


'Gay Pride was invented here': The origins of Pride in the Twin Cities

As the celebration marks its 50th anniversary next week, we trace its history through the words of the people who lived it.


Highlights of a bigger-than-ever Twin Cities Pride Week 2022

Marchers will return to Hennepin Avenue while the concert has moved downtown.


To their kids, he's 'ukki' (grandpa): Osmo Vänskä, through the eyes (and ears) of his musicians

"If it's music, he's fully there. It's infectious," says one MInnesota Orchestra member.


With photographs and a move to rural Minnesota, artist Jovan C. Speller explores the protection of Black lives

Speller's "Nurturing, and Other Rituals of Protection" is on exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Art through June 26.


New chair of National Endowment for the Arts lands in Minnesota to talk 'artful lives'

Maria Rosario Jackson sees transformative power in the arts that could boost the nation.


Two years after George Floyd's death, 'Seven Last Words of the Unarmed' will ring out in Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra marks the moment with this piece by a Black composer who wrote it "as a catharsis" after a series of police killings.


As he steps down, Osmo Vänskä becomes Minnesota Orchestra's conductor laureate

The position will bring him back to the podium annually.


Spurred by George Floyd's death, Minnesota Orchestra commissions a new work by Black artists

Scheduled to premiere next spring, it's one way orchestras nationwide have responded to the call for change.


A new MayDay fest is rooted in community: 'This is my neighborhood, too'

Minneapolis' popular rite of spring has been reimagined.


Minnesota artist sells sunflower poster at Kramarczuk's to raise funds for Ukraine relief

The flower is a national symbol for Ukrainians.