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Continued: Sage Cowles, civic activist and arts patron, dies at 88

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 21, 2013 - 11:37 PM

In 2001, Sage and John (who died in 2012) were honored by the Ordway Center with a Sally Award for their long-standing support of arts organizations. Sage was also honored by Dance/USA.

Bither said Cowles’ interest in the local arts scene went far deeper than simply the large institutions. She frequently asked him about smaller groups and artists that he had seen, and she would get out to small venues on her own.

“She was tracking it like she was a professional curator or a really active, rabid fan,” Bither said. “She had a good sense of the arts ecology and knew how important the different layers are to the lifeblood of the community.”

Cowles is survived by sons Jay of St. Paul and Fuller of Shafer, Minn.; daughters Tessa Flores of Ithaca, N.Y., and Jane of Olympia, Wash., 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services are pending.

Staff writer Rohan Preston contributed to this report. Graydon Royce • 612-673-7299





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