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Duluth Depot Foundation

Minnesota Ballet

The Minnesota Ballet stands in the Midwest as a premier professional ballet company providing the region with high-quality performances of works in a variety of dance styles, masterworks, and story ballets including its popular productions of “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Dracula.”  The Ballet welcomes all to experience the delight and drama of dance!

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to enhance our community through the performance of symphonic music that engages and inspires.  DSSO performs nine programs over eleven concerts at the DECC (6 Masterworks and 3 Pops programs, with one of each being repeated as part of a new Casual Concert series). Additionally, the DSSO supports a robust Youth Orchestras Program that performs 5 concerts from September through May each school year with more than 130 students.

Duluth Art Institute

For over 112 years the Duluth Art Institute has been the premier visual arts organization in the Arrowhead region. We foster creativity  and community engagement through robust visual art exhibitions and hands on art classes.

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

The Lake Superior Railroad Museum was voted by USA Today as the “BEST Transportation Museum in America.” Adding a working tourist railroad, the North Shore Scenic, with tracks connecting downtown Duluth to the iconic North Shore Community of Two Harbors, was the culmination of years of planning.  Today the railroad history preserved and on display in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum becomes living history working on the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Together we are one of Duluth’s top tourist attractions with over 150,000 guests/passengers and visitors a year.

St. Louis County Historical Society

#HistoryMatters!  Understanding our past can help improve our present and future. It establishes our roots, builds community pride, and preserves a record of who and what we are.  The St. Louis County Historical Society has been collecting, preserving, and presenting information about communities in and around Duluth since 1922.  We maintain a museum, a variety of traveling exhibits, the Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery, and the Veterans Memorial Hall Program.  We also partner with the the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A Martin Library, and six Iron Range affiliated historical organizations.

Arrowhead Chorale

The Arrowhead Chorale is an auditioned symphonic choir led by Artistic Director Dr. Matthew Faerber. Originally formed by Paul Fletcher in the mid-1980s, the vocal ensemble engaged Dr. Stanley Wold as the first Artistic Director in the 1990s.

Chorale repertoire spans five centuries of western music tradition, from Medieval to world premiers – sacred and secular, folksong and art song, opera chorus and jazz – as well as music traditions from across the world. Arrowhead Chorale concerts often highlight local soloists, instrumentalists and performing groups. Education opportunities presented by the Chorale feature subject-matter experts, composers, musicians, and topics related to the current concert series.

Our Mission

The Depot Foundation is dedicated to preserving the St. Louis County Depot as a vibrant and welcoming forum for the arts, culture and history through managing and growing a permanent endowment.

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The Depot Foundation primarily funds projects that seek to assist the Depot and the artistic and historical organizations housed there. Examples of previous grants include: theatrical performances, artistic collaborations, exhibits, improvements to the Depot building and tenant spaces, concerts and educational programming for youth.


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