The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is a public institution.
That means the beautiful building housing a 1,900-seat orchestra hall, ornate lobby and rehearsal spaces located at 345 Washington Street in Saint Paul is funded in part by public contributions – as well as a host of private donations. Each year nearly 400,000 people are greeted by ticket takers to experience a variety of performances at the Ordway. But of that number, few are of African descent or people of color. That didn't sit well with the powers that be at the Ordway. It also didn't sit well with Robin Hickman.