Arts Learning Round 2 Grant Awards Announced

Photo of three girls in costumes that they made posing for the camera.

On April 24, 2018 MRAC awarded $197,504 to 20 organizations/projects in the second round of its FY 2018 Arts Learning grant program. The Arts Learning projects chosen will provide high-quality, age-appropriate arts education for Minnesotans to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding 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 Saint Paul are listed separately from the Suburban Hennepin and Suburban Ramsey counties.


ArtiCulture               $10,000.00
Funding for visual arts education programming for elementary-aged students. Activities will take place at 7 Minneapolis public elementary after school programs in the fall 2018 and running through spring 2019.

Heritage Park Neighborhood Association                     $10,000.00
Funding for an intergenerational one-month workshop and a summer-long photography learning project, led by two local photography artists, for 40 teens and adults, culminating in a summer’s end showcase.

Inverted Arts                       $10,000.00
Funding for an Art Exploration Program for 95 middle and high school students in partnership with Hope Academy in South Minneapolis during the summer of 2018 in which students choose one of five artistic disciplines taught by professional Artist Mentors.

Jawaahir Dance Company             $10,000.00
Funding for a four-day teaching residency presented by two Arab dance master artists. Residencies will build Jawaahir’s repertoire in Lebanese and North African dance forms and will take place in Minneapolis in August and September 2018.

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance                        $10,000.00
Funding for an 8 week summer intensive ballet workshop from July to August 2018. Activities will take place in Minneapolis.

Monkeybear’s Harmolodic Workshop              $10,000.00
Funding for a series of workshops to train Native and People of Color in contemporary puppetry. Activities will take place in spring through fall 2018 in Minneapolis.

Oratorio Society of Minnesota                  $10,000.00
Funding for the Oratorio Society Summer Chorus to learn and present works of Leonard Bernstein, as part of a worldwide celebration of his 100th birthday. Activities will take place in July and August 2018 at the University of Minnesota.

Savage Umbrella                 $8,500.00
Funding for Night of New Works, a learning program that provides local new work makers with mentorship in an ensemble-based setting. Activities will take place during the summer of 2018.

Soo Visual Arts Center                   $10,000.00
Funding to educate Walker Methodist Health Center residents about contemporary art through gallery tours and and instructional art workshops. Activities will take place May 2018 through February 2019 in Minneapolis.

Technical Tools of the Trade                    $10,000.00
Funding to produce 7 months of educational opportunities for the public, teaching technical skills and design for performing arts from May to November 2018.

The Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts                $10,000.00
Funding to teach mosaics to 100 youth and adults, and guiding them to create public art.  Activities will focus on three groups: English Language Learners, people with MS and other degenerative diseases, and the largely immigrant community of Phillips and will take place summer 2018 to spring 2019.

Saint Paul

APIA MN Film Project                    $10,000.00
Funding for a four-week intensive to improve the screenwriting of Asian Pacific Islander American filmmakers in July 2018.

CAAM Chinese Dance Theater                  $10,000.00
Funding for art learners to join the summer camp and fall 2018 dance classes in locations across the Twin Cities with tuition free programming to learn Chinese dance and related cultural, language, and arts.

Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education               $9,425.00
Funding for 16 Experience Jazz sessions and performance opportunities for Twin Cities youth in grades 7-12 from July 2018 through July 2019.

East Side Arts Council                    $10,000.00
Funding for Creative Connections for Seniors 62+, poetry, painting and drawing, and bilingual storytelling classes taught by professional artists. Classes and activities will take place from May 2018 to April 2019 in East St. Paul.

Highland Friendship Club             $10,000.00
Funding to provide an extended arts learning program for 15 low-income young adults and adults with disabilities to explore and develop their points of view through mobile phone photography in summer 2018.

In Progress               $10,000.00
Funding for an 8 month arts mentorship program for newly developing artists to explore digital learning opportunities through small group mentorship, individualized coaching, and goal planning with youth ages 12-22. Activities take place in Saint Paul from September 2018 to April 2019.

Keane Sense of Rhythm                 $10,000.00
Funding to provide free tap classes for students in grades 6-12 in two special programs held at public schools in Saint Paul in summer of 2018.

Minnesota Youth Media                 $10,000.00
Funding for a Screenwriting and Media Production Workshop for 8th grade students at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus in Saint Paul. Activities will take place place in the Spring of 2019.

Suburban Hennepin County

Drama Interaction              $9,579.00
Funding for a 12-week performing arts exploration program for adults with special needs. Classes take place in summer 2018 in Burnsville and Eden Prairie.


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