On April 25, 2017, MRAC awarded $216,696 to 23 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2017 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of and/or through the arts for children, youth, and adults by engaging people in extended arts experiences and activities with clearly articulated learning objectives. The Arts Learning grant program is a direct result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Legacy Amendment. Geographic listings represent the county where the arts learning programming will take place; note that Minneapolis and St. Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.
20% Theatre Company $10,000.00
Funding to further develop 20% Theatre's Apprentice Program. Ten high school or college students will serve as apprentices for 20% Theatre's two fall 2017 productions.
Black Table Arts $10,000.00
Funding for the Black Lines Matter, a program for black writers to study poetic craft through protest poetry and create and share new work. Activities will take place at The Loft Literary Center every other Saturday from April 2017 through April 2018.
COLLIDE Theatrical $10,000.00
Funding to support a Musical Theater Jazz Dance class that will be held bi-weekly for forty-eight weeks beginning in June 2017 at The Ritz Theater. This class will be free for all COLLIDE Company Members and Apprentices and will feature five master instructors.
Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra $9,966.00
Funding for Kinder Konzerts on the Road, a music residency project to support and enhance literacy for young learners. Activities will take place during the 2017-18 school year in St Paul's Linwood Monroe Arts Plus school and Minneapolis' Citiview Community School with - pre-K, Kindergarten and First grade students.
Heart of Dance $10,000.00
Funding for Dancing Classrooms, a program that provides 20 ballroom dance lessons (twice weekly for 10 weeks) to fifth-grade students. Activities will take place at Linwood Monroe, Friendship Academy of the Arts, LoveWorks Academy, and Stonebridge World School in the Fall of 2017.
Heritage Park Neighborhood Association $10,000.00
Funding for “Built to Stilt”, a two week youth summer program to be held in July 2017 in the Heritage Park Neighborhood of Minneapolis. The “Built to Stilt” program will provide 40 students, ages 5 – 12, with the opportunity to work with two local artists on stilt building, costume making, and stilt performance, culminating in two youth showcases at a neighborhood festival and the State Fair.
Highland Friendship Club $10,000.00
Funding for ten clay-making classes for low-income adults with disabilities. Classes will take place at Northern Clay Center from September 2017 through February 2018.
JLR Foundation $10,000.00
Funding for music and multi-media arts production and recording education for youth, ages 10 through 18. The free, 11-week, after-school sessions will take place at the Powderhorn Park Community Center from June 2017 through April 2018.
Les Jolies Petites School of Dance $10,000.00
Funding for the Summer Workshop which will offer current, past, and potential new students to study and learn ballet through an intensive workshop. Activities will take place from July to September 2017.
Little Earth Residents Association $8,000.00
Funding for a series of arts and activism workshops for Native teens to empower them to express their voice and concerns. Activities will take place on-site at Little Earth and at the artists’ studios over the summer of 2017, culminating in a community feast and showcase of students' work.
Minneapolis Music Company $9,730.00
Funding for artist residencies to six Twin Cities public schools in underserved communities. Activities will include acting, contemporary dance/movement, and beatboxing/spoken word workshops and will take place weekly over three months in the 2017-2018 school year.
Platinum Theater $10,000.00
Funding for On Camera Acting for Seniors, a program providing 24 senior students with professional on camera instruction. Activities will take place at The Sabes JCC from July through August 2017.
Twin Cities Media Alliance $9,900.00
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Funding for a series of trainings to support the artistic growth of contributors to the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Writers, photographers, videographers and audio storytellers will gain a deeper understanding of their discipline, have access to cross-disciplinary training, and create quality content that will amplify and connect marginalized voices. Activities will take place at Twin Cities Media Alliance from May 2017 through May 2018.
Deborah Elias Danza Espanola $10,000.00
Funding for a partnership with five collaborating St. Paul schools to conduct arts learning residencies sharing flamenco dance, music, and culture with approximately 615 students from September 2017 through March 2018. Each residency will culminate in a community celebration where students will share what they have learned with other students, their families, and the general public.
East Side Arts Council $8,000.00
Funding for Creative Connections for Seniors, a series of poetry and visual arts classes at Arlington Hills Community Center and bilingual storytelling classes (English and Spanish) at Labor Plaza senior high rise. Activities will take place from May 2017 through March 2018 and will culminate in showcases for their families and community.
In Progress $10,000.00
Funding for Digital Journeys, an arts learning program for newly developing artists of color from low income households, focusing on small group mentorship, individualized coaching and goal planning with youth ages 12-22. Activities will focus on advancing artistic skill in electronic music, digital photography and/or video and will take place in St. Paul in late 2017 through early 2018.
Minnesota Productions, Inc. $10,000.00
Funding for Storytelling for Seniors, featuring two 4-week storytelling classes with rehearsal/filming sessions. Activities will take place at The Wilder Foundation from July through August 2017.
Suburban Hennepin County
Minnesota Brass, Inc. $6,075.00
Funding for instrumental music education at Brooklyn Center Secondary school. Activities will take place during the 2018 school year.
Partnership Resources, Inc. $6,256.00
Funding for a collaboration with Upstream Arts to bring The Art of Working, a 10-week residency designed to develop skills through the arts that will help 11 adults with developmental disabilities to achieve workplace success and job retention. Activities will take place at the Hopkins Pavilion during the summer of 2017.
Suburban Ramsey County
City of Maplewood $10,000.00
Funding for a mentorship for five teenage videographers to learn documentary filmmaking skills as they document two events for the City of Maplewood. Activities will take place in Maplewood during the Summer of 2017.
Rosetown Playhouse $10,000.00
Funding for This is Important, a 5-week summer enrichment theatre arts program for 7th and 8th graders in the Roseville school district. Activities will take place in June and July of 2017.
Funding for elementary-school aged youth in Landfall and Cimarron to stage a theater production for themselves, their peers and community members. Activities will take place from December 2017 through March 2018.
Funding for a The Boom Site, a youth literary journal for students to collaborate with language arts teachers and published authors to produce a writer's manual, participate in a two week writing intensive, and develop content for an online resource page on creative writing. Activities will take place in Stillwater in the Summer of 2017.