As The Cowles Center looks to shape programs into the future, it is imperative that we have input from the diversity of voices in our community. The Cowles Center is seeking 5-7 advisory committee representatives to provide insights, guidance, and feedback to The Cowles Center’s programming which encompasses everything from the Goodale and TEK BOX curated seasons, to community engagement initiatives for artists, and our education programs for youth to adult learners. Each of these program areas provide different ways for the individuals we engage to grow artistically.

The Cowles Center will be intentional in soliciting the participation of BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA2+ representatives, and people with disabilities. Ideal candidates may include, but are not limited to: Artistic Directors, Independent Artists, Dancers, Patrons, Educators, and Community Advocates.

Roles & Responsibilities of Committee
- Attend quarterly 90-minute committee meetings (members are required to attend at least three out of four meetings annually, a stipend of $50/meeting as well as parking reimbursement when applicable will be provided).
- October 2020, January 2021, April 2021 & July 2021 (Meeting dates/times TBD by the committee.)
- Show active participation in the Twin Cities dance community (members are encouraged to attend local events and performances and will be reimbursed for their tickets up to $100 annually)
- Provide expertise on The Cowles Centers Goodale Theater season, TEK BOX series, Community Engagement and Education programs
- Act as a panelist for The Cowles Center’s application based community engagement programming
- Support The Cowles Center as an ambassador for the organization in the community by being a liaison and advocate for performances and events.

How to Apply
- Fill out the Programs & Education Advisory Committee Nomination Form and confirm availability to attend scheduled committee meetings
- Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 11 - 5PM CST

Nominations forms will be reviewed and selected by Cowles Center Council Members: Karen Charles, Erinn Liebhard, and Masami Kawazato. Applicants should expect to be notified of their nomination status in the first week of October.

Questions regarding this nomination form should be directed to Jessi Fett, Director of Programming & Education -



About The Cowles Center:

The Cowles Center is a dance and performing arts hub that promotes movement and growth through supportive space to create and collaborate, engages audiences through dynamic performances, and educates artists of all ages through robust and inclusive education and community engagement programming.

  • We program an exciting season annually, representing more than 20 local artists and companies that showcase the depth and breadth of the Twin Cities' professional dance scene.
  • We partner with artists and companies in our season by providing free marketing and production support, letting the artists focus on their performances.
  • We educate through robust, high-quality arts learning programs serving students of all ages, statewide, via residencies, workshops, and student matinees.
  • We support the growth and life-cycle of dancers and companies through our below-market-rate offices, studios and stages; and through community engagement programs, McKnight Fellowships, and our MERGES co-production program.